Elkins defeated Braxton County 12-0 for the District 8 Little League Championship for 10-11 year olds held Saturday afternoon at River Bend Park.
Brayden Davis took the mound for Elkins and gave up a walk to BJ Utt and a single to Ryan Conrad; however, solid infield defense including a tag out of Conrad stealing third ended any threat.
Elkins led off with a single by Nathan Cooper in the bottom half of the inning. Allen Bennett was then issued a walk and both runners came home on a two-RBI double by Anthony Jones. After another walk and a Brennan Weese single, Elkins finished the inning with four runs on three hits.
Davis put himself in trouble when he issued walks to Kota Knicely and Logan Conley to start the second. Knicely then stole his way to second and third, while Conley stole second. Once again, Davis got out of a jam, this time by striking out the next three batters.
The highlight of the third inning was a reach for the sky catch by shortstop Kota Knicely of a ball hit by Anthony Jones.
Elkins put up five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on four hits and two errors. Luke Pawelcykz singled to load the bases after an error and a walk. Six of the next seven batters reached base for Elkins including Bennett with an RBI single, Jones an RBI single, and Brayden Davis a two-RBI single.
Remington Stanley, who had relieved Brayden Davis on the mound in the fourth, faced the top of the order for Braxton County in the fifth inning. Save for a single by Jayden Stewart and a walk, Stanley finished the stanza, giving Elkins its fifth shutout inning.
Looking to close out the game in five, Elkins did just that in dramatic fashion. Blake Harris started things off with a single, but Braxton County put out two consecutive batters. After a single by Tyler Davis, Braxton's coach chose Jayden Stewart to face Elkins' Anthony Jones. With two out and two on, Jones drilled a home run over the left-field fence for the final score. The game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Elkins' manager Matt Davis lauded his team, saying, "The kids have worked real hard the last couple of weeks to achieve this. We've hit the ball well and when you do that, good things happen."
Braxton County 21, Summersville 8
Braxton County beat Summersville in the runnerup game played Sunday at River Bend Park. Braxton scored eight runs in the top half of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Braxton County will join Elkins in the Little League State Tournament starting July 12 in Elkins.