Davis Trust, Fordland earn wins

The Fuzz Jones Memorial Tournament continued Tuesday evening with a pair of games at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Davis Trust and the Barbour County Patriots met in the opening game of the evening with the Elkins squad securing an 11-1 win in a game that was called after five innings because of the 10 run mercy rule.

The winning pitcher for Davis Trust, Matt Wilson, fanned nine batter in the five innings and spread out five allowed hits. Wilson had a nice night at the plate with a single and an RBI as well.

The star of the night batting for Davis Trust was Trenton Hamrick with two singles and a triple. He was responsible for three RBIs. Ben Huffman also had a good game with a single and a double with two RBIs.

For the Patriots, Chris Neville had four strikeouts in a losing effort and scored the team’s only run. Jake Crutchfield also singled twice for the Barbour County team.

“We have leaders on the team that need to step up,” Patriot coach Sean Price said. “As a team, we had too many errors and missed opportunities.”

Price added the future is bright for the Barbour County team.

Our team is mainly comprised of 13-year olds and we’re playing against teams with a lot of 15-year olds.

“In a couple years we’re going to have a real good team.”

In the second game, Elkins Fordland scored a 9-1 decision over the Upshur Blue squad. This contest was called in the sixth inning because of the two-hour game time limit.

Pitching was also the strong point for the winners in the nightcap as David Gainer and Cole Harlan combined for 11 strikeouts. Gainer was responsible for eight of those and did not give up a hit in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Harlan gave up one infield single and finished with three Ks in 1 2/3 innings.

The theme continued with the pitchers helping themselves with their batting performances, Gainer had a triple, two RBI and scored a run, while Cole Harlan finished with two singles, a triple and four runs scored. Anthony Haden, Blake Loftis, Ethan Miller and Dakota Terrano also scored runs.

Even with the win, Fordland coach Jack Crumm was not happy with his team’s performance.

“We played well enough to win, that’s all,” Crumm said. “To win this tournament, we’re going to have to play much better.”

Taylor Whitehair scored Upshur’s only run on a passed ball in the third inning.

Action continues today in the tournament as Citizens National faces Upshur County Gold at 6 p.m.. followed by Broughton’s Sports vs. Elkins Suzuki.