Elkins 14-year-old manager Jack Crumm believes playing a competitive league schedule has his team prepared to make a postseason run.
Elkins will begin state tournament action at 7 p.m. today against Huntington Southeastern at Frank Loria Field in Nutter Fort.
"These kids have practiced very hard over the past couple of weeks, and they're ready to play a game," Crumm said.
The Elkins 14-year-old All-Stars will begin Babe Ruth state tournament play at 7 p.m. today at Frank Loria Field in Nutter Fort against Huntington Southeastern. Members of the team are front row, from left, manager Jack Crumm, Daniel Hamrick, Ben Huffman, Caleb Riggleman, Jace Kyle, Adam Riggleman Will Crumm and assistant coach Ron Huffman; back row, assistant coach Dan Hamrick, Cory Gillespie, Rece Wamsley, Matt Wilson, David Gainer, Kyle Riggleman, Shane Bodkin, Blake Loftis and scorekeeper Todd Riggleman.
"Our Babe Ruth league is very strong, along with our Little League programs, and we have a lot of good players coming out of this area."
Crumm said fundamental baseball will be the key in the state tournament.
"We have to throw strikes, hit the ball and play good defense," he said.
"I think we our blessed with a lot of good pitchers and the kids have been hitting the ball well."
The winner of today's contest will face Beckley at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a loser's bracket contest at approximately 3:30 p.m.
With only three teams entered in the tournament, the title game is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Members of the squad include Daniel Hamrick, Ben Huffman, Caleb Riggleman, Jace Kyle, Adam Riggleman, Will Crumm, Cory Gillespie, Rece Wamsley, Matt Wilson, David Gainer, Kyle Riggleman, Shane Bodkin and Blake Loftis.
Crumm will be assisted by Ron Huffman and Dan Hamrick, while Todd Riggleman will serve as scorekeeper.
The winner advances to the Ohio Valley?Regional Tournament, which will take place July 24-28 in Jasper, Indiana.
Elkins hopes to add another state title during the Babe Ruth postseason.
The 15-year-olds captured the crown on Wednesday night with an 8-0 victory over Huntington Southeastern at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
They will participate in the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament in Zanesville, Ohio, later this month.
Elkins also won the 14-year-old state title last year.
The Elkins 13-year-olds, meanwhile, begin state tournament play Saturday at Frank Loria Field.