Elkins 12-year-old All-Stars Matthew Gainer, Beau Bright, Jon Phillips and Andrew Hart combined to hit five home runs en route to a 13-2 victory over the Tygarts Valley All-Stars in Little League action on Saturday.
While Bright homered in the first and third innings, it was Gainer's fifth-inning, two-run blast that put Elkins over the mark, ending the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In conjunction with the strong offensive performance, Elkins' relief pitcher Read Schumacher virtually shut down Tygarts Valley, striking out 10 batters, giving up just three hits and walking only one batter.
Elkins second baseman Beau Bright watches starting pitcher Jessie Williams warm up prior to Saturday’s game. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette)
Tyler Lanham swings at a pitch in the first inning of the Elkins vs. Tygarts Valley 12-year-old Little League game on Saturday. Lanham walked at his first at-bat. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette)
Elkins coach Jim Gainer talks with pitcher Jessie Williams during first-inning action. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette)
Although Tygarts Valley lost to Elkins on Saturday, the team came back strong Sunday with a 14-0 victory over Gilmer County. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette)
Ethan Lambert keeps his eye on the ball during first-inning action vs. Elkins Saturday afternoon. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette)
Both TV runs came in the first inning as Elkins starting pitcher Jessie Williams struggled, walking four out of the first five batters. Williams allowed just one run, though, before Schumacher took the mound. TV's only other run was scored on an error by Elkins catcher Logan George.
In addition to his stellar pitching performance, Schumacher went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring three times.
Bright went 3-for-3 with the two home runs and had five RBIs. Williams went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Phillips went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and one home run.
Tygarts Valley's Brett Smith was charged with the loss on the mound, pitching just one inning. Jake Tackett pitched two innings, striking out three, but giving up two hits and an earned run.
On the batting side, Tacket added a double, while Smith and Joel McCauley both added singles.
Elkins 17, Pocahontas County 0
In Little League action Sunday, the Elkins 12-year-old All-Stars posted another big win, 17-0, over Pocahontas County.
Phillips chipped in with another home run to lead the Elkins team, while Bright was awarded the win on the mound.
In Sunday's early game, Tygarts Valley defeated Gilmer County, 14-0.
Tygarts Valley is scheduled to play Pocahontas County at 5:30 p.m. today in Huttonsville, while Elkins is set to tangle with Gilmer County at 8 p.m. tonight. The top two teams will move on to the District 8 tournament. Although a final determination has yet to be made, the site for the district tournament may be moved from Summersville to Huttonsville. A decision will be announced at tonight's games.