The Elkins Babe Ruth All-Star teams entered the single-elimination phase of their respective Ohio Valley Regional Tournaments on Saturday.
The 14-year-old All-Stars advanced into the semifinals of their tournament in Jasper, Ind., before falling to falling to the hometown team, 10-0. Jasper then went on to win the tournament and earn a trip to Moses Lake, Wash., to play for the national title.
The 15-year-olds, playing in Zanesville, Ohio, lost their first game in the single elimination tourney, 15-5, to Saginaw Valley, Mich.. Again, the opponent went on to win the tournament. Saginaw Valley advances to the national tournament in Loudoun County, Va.
Members of the Elkins Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars pose for a picture during the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament in Jasper, Ind. Elkins advanced to the semifinal of the tourament before falling to eventual champion Jasper.
The 14-year-old All-Stars had lost all three of their games in pool play and entered single elimination as the 10th seed.
In its first game on Saturday, Elkins met and defeated No. 3 seed Geneseo, Ill., 3-2.
David Gainer started on the mound and pitched a complete game, giving up only the two runs. Geneseo was threatening in the seventh inning with runners on first and third but Gainer struck out the last batter to end the game.
Matt Wilson had a solo home run at the plate for Elkins.
The winning run came on a sacrifice squeeze bunt executed by Daniel Hamrick that scored Cory Gillespie.
The second opponent of the day for Elkins was the second-seeded team from Somerset, Ky. In another close game, Elkins prevailed 3-1.
It was Blake Loftis' turn on the mound and he also pitched a complete game.
Caleb Riggleman, Loftis, Gainer, Shane Bodkin and Matt Wilson all had multiple hits in the game. One of Riggleman's hits was a solo homer.
Elkins again had a run score on a squeeze when Kyle Riggleman bunted in Wilson.
"The kids played so hard on Saturday," Elkins manager Jack Crumm said. "They played great defense ... it seemed they were catching everything."
But on Sunday the foe was the hometown Jasper squad.
Elkins was shut down with only three hits in the 10-0 loss with Rece Wamsley going 2 for 2 at the plate.
In talking about the loss, Crumm said, "Not having a bye and playing an extra game really wore us out.
"These are good kids and they worked hard to come together. I'm very proud of them and they deserved to be here."
The 15-year-old All-Stars entered as the ninth seed against the eighth seeded Saginaw Valley team.
Daniel Crawford and Cole Harlan each went 2 for 4 at the plate. One of Crawford hits was a three-run triple.
Joseph Severino and Sam Ross had the only other hits on the day.
Harlan and Caleb Riggleman both saw action on the mound.
Chris Broughton, the 15-year-old manager said, " I don't want the last four games (we played) to take away what this team is all about.
"This group was the state runner-up as 13-year-olds and then back-to-back state champions as 14 and 15-year-olds, and that's just awesome.
"All of them have a bright future in baseball and I hope they continue playing. I love this baseball family. It's a great group of players, parents and coaches and I will miss them."
Both managers again wanted to express their thanks to the residents of Elkins and Randolph County for their tremendous support.