The Elkins 11-12-year-old All-Star team hopes the momentum it gained during area and district tournament action will carry over into state play.
In winning both of those tournaments, Elkins outscored its five opponents by a count of 88-6 in five games.
But manager Jim Gainer knows his squad will have to be at its best against the 14-team field that will assemble at South Charleston's Little Creek Park starting on Sunday.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
The Elkins Little League 11-12-year-old All Stars will begin state tournament play at 3 p.m. Sunday against Brideport at Little Creek Park in South Charleston. Team members are, front row, from left, Cole Crumm, Noah Carr, Jeremy Coger, Read Schumacher, Grant Simmons, Caleb Haas and Andrew Hart, back row, assistant coach Jessie Williams, assistant coach Steve Schumacher, Elliot White, Matthew Gainer, Jon Phillips, Jessie Williams, Thomas Talkington, Beau Bright and manager Jim Gainer.
"The competition really steps up down there," Gainer said. "But we're excited to compete with the best in the state. We have had good hitting, our pitchers have been solid and we have played good defense to this point."
Elkins will compete in Pool B, along with Bridgeport and Pineville.
The area All-Star squad will face Bridgeport at 3 p.m. Sunday and Pineville at 8 p.m. Monday.
If you go to the 11-12-year-old state tourney
Directions to Little Creek Park coming from Elkins or Mill Creek
n From 79 south, take 64 west to Exit 55 (Kanawha Turnpike)
n Keep going straight, headed west.
n Go through three-way intersection at first light and through second light.
n Drive for another half-mile before turning to the left. Look for signs for Little Creek Park.
The top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to a single-elimination tournament that gets underway on Wednesday.
"Our first goal is to advance out of our pool as one of the top two teams," Gainer said. "From there it will be single elimination, and in baseball, anything can happen."
Members of the Elkins All-Star squad are Cole Crumm, Noah Carr, Jeremy Coger, Read Schumacher, Grant Simmons, Caleb Haas, Andrew Hart, Elliot White, Matthew Gainer, Jon Phillips, Jessie Williams, Thomas Talkington and Beau Bright.
Gainer will be assisted by Steve Schumacher and Jessie Williams.
Other teams competing in the tournament include Tygarts Valley, South Charleston, St. Albans and Bi-State in Pool A, Barboursville, Beckley, Martinsburg and Shady Spring in Pool C and Fairmont, Madison and Huntington in Pool D.
The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.
The winner of the tournament advances to regional competition in Warner Robins, Ga.