MORGANTOWN - Elkins Post 29 had a tough outing Thursday, losing 14-4 to South Charleston Post 94 in the West Virginia American Legion State Tournament being held at WVU's Hawley Field.
South Charleston jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second with two unearned runs.
Colby Gainer, starting on the mound for Elkins, retired the first two batters before Riley Metz singled for Post 94's initial hit. Gainer then hit Josh Bumgarner and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Metz and Bumgarner scored when Ace Estep reached on an errant throw to first.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Steve Swick
Post 29’s Al Johnson prepares to take a swing against South Charleston during American Legion state tournament action Thursday at Hawley Field in Morgantown.
South Charleston put one more on the board in the second inning when Josh Burks hit an RBI double bringing in Jake Woolwine, who had reached on an error.
Elkins took the lead back in the top of the third with four runs.
Al Johnson led off with a walk and Brennan Dettinger followed with a single. Colby Gainer later plated both runners with another safety. Chance Price followed with an RBI double and Jake Wyatt laid down an RBI single.
Metz took over the pitching duties for Post 94 after Wyatt's single and recorded the third out to end the Elkins threat.
It was all South Charleston after that point, however, as it held Elkins scoreless the rest of the way and retook the lead in the home half of the fifth.
Dusty Kinkaid singled and scored on a double by Metz. After a wild pitch, Metz was standing on third and scored after tagging on a deep ball to center.
Post 94 dropped the hammer in the sixth inning, scoring six runs.
There were six runs scored on five hits including a single and a double by reserve Evan Potter. However, the clincher was a grand slam home run by Metz. Kinkaid had an RBI single and Bumgarner plated the last run of the stanza after belting a double and scoring on an error.
South Charleston needed three more runs to end the game early and it got them with ease in the eighth inning.
Three straight singles by Ace Estep, Potter, and John Cline were given up by Elkins' Tyler Scott. Burks hit into a fielder's choice and Cline was put out at second base. Brandon White reached on a dropped fly to left and Estep scored. Kinkaid hit the fourth single of the inning, allowing Potter and Burks to run into home, ending the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
South Charleston's Metz was the player of the game. Along with the grand slam, he had two singles, a double and five RBIs. On the mound, he held Elkins to just two singles over the last six innings of the game.
Post 29 will now face an elimination game at noon today against Fairmont, which dropped a 5-4 decision to Morgantown in Thursday's late game.
South Charleston will play Romney Post 91 at 3:30 p.m. today. Romney eliminated Wheeling Post 1 with a 4-2 win on Thursday.
The title game is slated for noon on Saturday.