Elkins storms by Summersville

The West Virginia District 8 10-11-year-old Little League Tournament got underway Friday night at River Bend Park following a severe line of thunderstorms that moved through the area.

The storms didn’t end when the rain stopped as Elkins defeated Summersville, 17-1.

When the game kicked off, Elkins, playing as the away team, wasted no time putting up two runs on four hits.

Tyler Davis had an RBI double and Brayden Davis an RBI single. Levi Hosey, pitching for Summersville, struck out three batters, but the damage already had been done.

The bottom portion of the first started and ended with strikeouts by Elkins’ Anthony Jones.

The third out of the inning started a streak by Jones as he struck out eight batters in a row, mowing down the side in both the second and third innings.

Elkins meanwhile, added two more runs in the third inning. Tyler Davis drew a walk followed by a double by Jones. Remington Stanley then blasted a double, bringing in the two baserunners before him. After Brayden Davis walked, Hosey struck out the next three Elkins batters. But again, it was too late.

Elkins would score three more runs in the fifth inning on two hits and an error. Midway through the inning, Summersville’s Tyler Sedlock relieved Hosey due to the pitch count rule.

The home half saw Summersville score their lone run of the contest. Two substitutes paved the way as John Brogan walked and Zac O’Dell lined a double to bring him in.

Even though the game was well in hand, Elkins exploded in the top of the sixth inning. The hometown team sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on seven hits. There also were two errors and a hit batsman. Stanley alone had 3 RBIs for his two plate appearances during the inning.

Anthony Davis ended up with 12 strikeouts and also added a double and three singles with an RBI to help his cause. Stanley had two doubles and a single with five RBIs and Nathan Cooper had a single and a double with two RBIs.

Elkins’ manager Matt Davis said after the game, “We really hit the ball well and Anthony Davis was terrific.”

Elkins will face Braxton County at 1 p.m. Saturday for the District Championship. Summersville will play the loser of that game Sunday at 2 p.m. The winners of those two games will qualify for the state tournament.