Beckley eliminates Ceredo-Kenova

The Babe Ruth 15 year-olds state tournament continued Tuesday evening at Robin Harvey Memorial Field. The winner of the first game of the evening between Beckley and Ceredo Kenova earned the right to face Huntington Southeastern in the second game.

That right belonged to Beckley as it held off a valiant comeback effort by Ceredo- Kenova to gain a 10-7 decision.

Beckley got on the board first in the top of the second inning. Anthony Wilson and Eddie Wilson both drew walks. After some wild pitches and a stolen base both runners were in scoring position. Evan Westfall then belted a single to score Anthony Wilson but Eddie Wilson was tagged out at home for the third out.

Beckley added to its advantage in the third inning. Chase DeMoss started out beating out a bunt at first base and advanced to third on a two-base error. After a flyout to shortstop for the first out, the next seven batters reached base.

Dana Maynard came in to relieve Nathan Cassidy on the mound for Ceredo-Kenova and he gave up a two RBI single to Westfall before putting out the next two batters.

In all, Beckley scored six runs on four hits, two errors, two walks and a hit batsman in the top of the third. All the runs were attributed to Cassidy.

Ceredo-Kenova whittled down some of Beckley’s lead in the home half of the third inning. Maynard and Cassidy reached safely on back to back singles. Maynard later scored on an error and Cassidy scored on an RBI by Jaren Bailey.

Another run was plated by Ceredo-Kenova in the fifth inning. Ryan Collins drew a walk and took second and third on wild pitches. He scored on an RBI by Cassidy.

The top of the sixth saw Beckley add to its lead by scoring three more runs. Kenny Maiolo and Ryan Brandstetter led off the inning with singles. Maiolo scored on a fielder’s choice and after a walk issued to Anthony Wilson, Zack Martin belted a two RBI double.

Martin’s double was the first extra base hit of the evening.

Ceredo-Kenova attempted to catch up with Beckley in the sixth and seventh innings.

C-K scored on an RBI by Scott Lewis nd a double by Chad Pratt in the bottom of the sixth.

In the seventh, Ceredo-Kenova put up three runs on singles by Cassidy, Bailey and Andrew Hamm but it wasn’t enough.

Anthony Wilson came in to relieve Westfall and recorded the final two outs to end the game.

The second game between Beckley and Huntington Southeastern was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning with the squad from Huntington holding a 5-1 lead.

That game will resume at 5:30 p.m. today with the winner facing Elkins in the championship game immediately following its conclusion.