August 01, 2019
From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper
KEYSER — Ethan Smith’s bloop single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Morgantown to a 4-3 comeback win over Elkins Wednesday in opening round action of the American Legion State Tournament at Potomac State College.
Post 29 (26-16) took a 3-0 lead into the home-half of the seventh inning when Post 2 (30-7) rallied to tie the contest. Brent Robinson had a sacrifice fly for Morgantown in the inning, but it was Colton Matthews’ two-run double that tied things up and sent the game to extra innings.
Soon after Matthews’ big hit, thunderstorms delayed the contest for close to three hours. When the game resumed, neither team could get anything going until Smith’s game-winning base hit in the 10th.
Gavin Cottle earned the win for Morgantown in four innings of relief work. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none.
Elkins took a 1-0 lead in the contest when Brett Smith led off the fourth inning with a single and scored two batters later on a Dustyn Primavero base hit.
Post 29 extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning as Will Knight singled in Nathan Cooper who had led off with a base hit.
Elkins capped off its scoring in the seventh inning when Smith singled and later scored on a Morgantown fielding error.
Read Schumacher suffered the loss for Post 29 in three inning of relief. He allowed just three hits and struck out three. Matthew Gainer got the start for Elkins and scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out seven and walked four batters.
“We just didn’t capitalize on some of our opportunities,” Elkins manager Chris George said. “Matthew and Read both pitched well for us. … we just didn’t score enough runs.
” I knew going into this tourney, with the level of competition, that we needed to score as many runs as we could to win. Today we just fell a little short.”
Elkins will return to action at 1 p.m. today against Berkeley County, which dropped a 1-0 decision to South Charleston in Wednesday’s first game of the tourney.