Regular season concludes

On the last day of the regular season for the Elkins Elks Babe Ruth League, Elkins Suzuki played two games and won both by identical 11-1 scores Tuesday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Each game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The first game pitted Suzuki (11-10) against Broughton’s Sports (8-13). Suzuki started out on fire, scoring six runs in the top of the first. After profiting from a pair of two-base errors to start the game by Broughton’s, Suzuki’s bats came alive with five of the next six batters belting hits. Those included doubles by PJ Lanham, Jace Kyle and Ronnie Nicholas.

Broughton’s tried to answer back in the bottom half but could only get one run across. Russell Ward got on board with a double and Kyle Hopwood got credited with the RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Suzuki kept up the pressure in the top half of the second stanza with four more runs crossing home plate on three singles and a double. For Broughton’s, it was three up and three down.

The only other run that scored in the game was in the top of the third when Suzuki’s Garrett Swecker reached on a single and came around thanks to two passed balls and an error.

Rece Wamsley, who started and finished the game at pitcher for Suzuki, allowed just the one run on only three hits. He was also 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Jacob White and Russell Shifflett had the other two hits for Broughton’s – both singles.

After the game, Broughton’s Sports coach Chris Broughton was still upbeat about his team saying, “I love this team. They play the right way and they have a great attitude.”

The second game of the evening paired Allegheny Insurance (5-16) and Elkins Suzuki (12-10). This was a close game until the bottom half of the fourth when Suzuki brought home eight runners.

It started out with Ryan Hoffman pitching for the gold-clad Suzuki team and registering four strikeouts in the first two innings. Hoffman also scored the first two runs in the contest. He reached base in the first inning on an error, and in the third on a walk. In both instances he scored on a hit by Wamsley.

The top half of the fourth saw Allegheny score a run when Daniel Crawford belted a double to start the inning and scored when Joseph Schmidlen singled him in. All of Allegheny’s outs in the stanza were ground balls to the pitcher.

Then came the explosion for Suzuki in the fourth. It scored eight runs on only three hits – a double and two singles – but were greatly aided by numerous walks and errors granted by Allegheny.

Hoffman ended up pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts, and he scored three runs from the plate. Wamsley added two hits and two RBIs. For both games, Wamsley combined for five hits, four RBIs and scored two runs.

Elkins Suzuki coach Steve Wamsley praised the performances of his two pitchers – Wamsley and Hoffman.

“They both were throwing strikes and limiting both foes to only one run,” he said. “And defensively we were pretty solid and scored a lot of runs.

“It was a very good night winning both games.”

Elkins Fordland won the regular-season title and will be one of the favorites when the City Tournament begins next week.