Tigers rally past rival Bucs
By Andrew Davis
Down to its final out, Elkins scratched across three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off Big 10 Conference rival Buckhannon-Upshur 7-6 Wednesday night at Elkins High School.
The Tigers, who have won seven straight games, improved to 8-7 with the victory. The Bucs dropped to 8-6 with the setback.
After the first two batters of the inning recorded outs, Garrett Riggleman started the Elkins rally with a single. Kollin Hopwood then reached on an error and Logan Phillips followed with another single to load the bases.
Colby Gainer’s run-producing single made it 6-5 and the Tigers scored the tying run when Tyler Shreve drew a walk.
Clayton Collett was then hit-by-a-pitch to score Phillips with the winning run.
“I was proud of how these kids never gave up tonight,” Elkins coach Adam Roth said. “After being down to our final out, the kids fought back and pulled out the win.”
B-U jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Corey Reed and a run-producing groundout from Donald Tenney.
A two-run double from Collett and an RBI single from Gainer highlighted a four-run outburst in the fourth as Elkins took a 4-2 advantage.
B-U then plated five unanswered runs to take a 7-4 lead in the seventh. Nathan Matthews had a pair of RBIs during the uprising, while Bryson Fluke tallied a run-producing single.
Dalton Crislip took the loss for the Bucs in three innings of relief. He gave up three runs on three hits, walked two and struck out one.
Matthews and Fluke had two hits each for B-U.
Issac Riggleman picked up the win for Elkins in a complete-game effort. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out two.
“I thought Issac had some quality innings for us,” Roth said. “He struggled in the first inning but bounced back nicely and pitched very well.”
Gainer and Phillips had two hits each for the Tigers, while Hopwood crossed the plate twice.
B-U will travel to Grafton at 7 p.m. today for a league contest, while Elkins will host Bridgeport at 7 p.m.