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Elkins faces Berkeley in state tourney opener

July 31, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins will be making its 10th straight state tournament appearance when it faces Berkeley County Wednesday in opening round action in Wheeling.

Post 29 (34-7) advanced to the tourney after defeating Buckhannon last weekend in the Area 5 championship game.

"It's always nice to win the area tournament and make a trip to the state tournament," Elkins Post 29 general manager Chris George said. "We have a tough matchup in Berkeley, but we beat them earlier this year. We're going to have to come ready to play, and I feel we will do that."

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Elkins pitcher Scott Fox, left, talks to teammates Garrett Riggleman (34) and Ryne Bonnell during Saturday’s win over Buckhannon. Post 29 will open state tourney play on Wednesday.

Elkins is led by Scott Fox, who is batting .508 on the season. He leads the team in home runs with 13 and runs batted in with 57.

Following Fox is Caten Murphy (.476), Colby Gainer (.430), Brennan Dettinger (.415), Ryne Bonnell (.393), Cody Gainer (.387) and Heath Broughton (.333).

Broughton is second in home runs with five, while Murphy is second in RBIs with 37.

"We're going to have to hit the ball well in each game," George said. "If we hit in the tournament, I think we'll be fine."

Elkins is led in pitching by Fox and Christian Scott, who are both 7-0 on the season.

Fox has a 2.77 ERA with 88 strikeouts this year, while Scott has posted a 2.88 ERA with 58 strikeouts.

Another key pitcher for Elkins is James Gainer, who is 6-2 on the year. He has a 3.83 ERA with 35 strikeouts.

Corey Howell, Brandon Hammons, Cody Gainer, Trevor Mouser and Colby Gainer may also see time on the mound.

"Our pitching has been strong this year, especially late in the season," George said. "Good pitching is what it takes to win a tournament like this."

With a victory, Elkins will play Thursday at 7 p.m. The tourney title game is slated for Saturday at 11 a.m.

"We've got tough matchups in the second and third rounds if we win our first game," George said. "We're just going to take it one game at a time."



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