WHEELING?- Elkins used an eight-run eighth inning to rally past Berkeley County 16-11 Wednesday in opening round action of the American Legion state tournament at Wheeling Jesuit College.
With the win, Post 29 moves on to face Fairmont, which defeated host team Wheeling 5-1 in Wednesday's other game, today at 7 p.m.
Post 29, which collected its 15th straight victory with the win, trailed 11-8 entering the home-half of the eighth inning.
Cody Gainer and Trevor Mouser delivered the big blows in the inning by knocking in two runs each.
Heath Broughton, who finished the contest with four hits and five RBIs, and James Gainer added run-scoring singles in the eighth.
"We came up with some clutch hits in the eighth inning," Elkins general manager Chris George said. "We showed a lot of patience at the plate during that inning and it paid off."
Cody Gainer followed Broughton at the dish with three hits and three RBIs.
Ryne Bonnell, Tyler Shreve and Scott Fox all finished with two hits apiece for Post 29.
James Gainer notched the win for Elkins (35-7) in two innings of relief work.
Gainer surrendered just one hit, struck out three batters and walked none.
"It was nice to start the tournament off with a win," George said. "We battled as a team and were able to find a way to win."
Jared Speilman took the loss for Berkeley County in 2/3 innings of work.
Philip Longdecker had three hits and three RBIs to lead Berkeley at the plate. Jarin Jackson followed with three hits and two RBIs.
Elkins split a pair of contest with Fairmont during the regular season, winning at home 12-9 and falling on the road, 8-2.
"Fairmont has a very good baseball team," George said. "They hit and pitch the ball very well."