Elkins Fordland wins city tourney
The Elkins Elks Babe Ruth League City Tournament championship game was held Sunday afternoon at Robin Harvey Memorial Field with regular-season champion Elkins Fordland earning a 13-3 win over Elkins Suzuki in six innings.
The action started immediately in the top of the first as David Gainer, the pitcher for Fordland, gave up hits to the first four batters he faced. Three straight singles were followed by a two-run double by P.J. Lanham. Ronnie Nicholas singled in another run two batters later.
The damage could have been greater but both Lanham and Nicholas were picked off taking leads from second base.
Suzuki’s Caleb Riggleman started the home-half of the first with a strikeout. From there it all began to fall apart.
First a walk was issued before a single by Gainer. Then five of the next six plate appearances resulted in four walks and a hit batsman. At one point, three straight runs were walked in.
Rece Wamsley came in to relieve Riggleman after he gave up four runs on only one hit, five walks and the hit batsman. Cole Harlan then singled in the fifth and final run of the inning.
Gainer settled down for the rest of the contest, spreading out four hits without any runs from Suzuki for the next four innings.
Wamsley, aided by some base-running errors, was able to shut down Fordland as well during the second and third stanzas. However in the fourth, Wamsley appeared to suffer in an injury. He stayed in the game but seemed to lose some control as he gave up four runs on four more walks and another hit batsman.
Caleb Riggleman re-entered the game to finish the fourth inning.
The fifth started with a double by Gainer followed by an RBI single by Blake Loftis. More walks and errors followed and after the fourth run of the winning was allowed, the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
For Fordland, Gainer was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Loftis scored three times and had two singles.
Josh Bergin and Ethan Miller both reached base on all of their plate appearances, Bergin all due to being walked and Miller was walked three times and hit –by-a-pitch.
Ryan Hoffman, Riggleman, and Nicholas had two hits each for Elkins Suzuki.
“This has been a very good season,” Fordland manager Jack Crumm said. “The kids played hard all year.
“We focused on winning the regular season, and when that was accomplished, we focused on the tournament. It was hard though, we had to play a lot of very good teams.”