Elkins All-Stars drop pair
Elkins dropped a pair of games over the weekend in the Little League 10-11-year-old state tournament being held at Melvin Heckle Fields at Riverbend Park.
In Pool B action, Bridgeport tossed a no-hitter and defeated the Elkins 13-0 in four innings on Sunday. Elkins also lost an 11-1 decision to Barboursville in Saturday’s opening game.
Sunday’s game was all Bridgeport as the Harrison County team batted around before Elkins recorded an out.
The first three batters belted singles and two runs scored on a throwing error. A walk and an RBI single by Ben Mossburg followed and then Emily Riggs reached on an error. Drew Harbert stepped up to the plate next and belted a grand-slam home run. Five of the next six batters had hits for Bridgeport, including a two-run single by Gabe Zummo and an RBI single by Ryan Goff.
After the first inning, Bridgeport totaled 10 runs on 10 hits, two walks and two errors.
Bridgeport scored one more run in the second inning when A.J. Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice and was brought home on a single by Goff. It tallied two more runs in the fourth inning. First Mick Stalnaker belted an RBI double and later scored on an error.
On the mound, Bridgeport pitchers, Goodwin, Riggs, and Zummo were dominant.
Combined, they recorded eight strikeouts and allowed only four Elkins batters to put the ball into play. Brayden Davis drew a walk in the second inning to break up the perfect game.
With the loss, Elkins was eliminated from the tournament.
In the Pool C game played Sunday. Martinsburg topped Fairmont by a final of 12-0.
The game featured another powerful pitching performance.
Martinsburg pitching allowed just one hit for the afternoon. Bryson Flowers connected on a single to start the game but was brushed aside by a double play one batter later. Only one other player for Fairmont reached base and that was on an error.
Fairmont started out well on the mound as well, allowing just one hit each in the first and second innings. However the second inning hit counted as Brooks Lowery blasted a solo home run over the center field fence.
The third inning saw Martinsburgs’ Chase Delauder double and Trey Sine single before Ashton Staubs hit a towering home run over the center-field fence.
Martinsburg delivered the knockout blow in the bottom of the fifth.
After Delauder doubled and Sine reached on an error, Staubs doubled them in for his fourth and fifth RBI of the day.
Eli Demick entered the game three batters later and hit a two-run double. After Tyler Bubb reached safely on a fielder’s choice, Nick Wright ended the game on an impressive grand-slam home run.
St Albans met Morgan County in Pool A play on Sunday and took the contest 7-3.
St Albans started the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Ayden Hodges singled and later scored on a wild pitch and Casey Kemplin hit a two-run single.
Morgan County answered back in the top of the third inning when Anthony Clark hit an RBI single and Brady Sipe followed with a two-run single as well.
The score remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the bottom of the fifth when St Albans plated four more runs, including a two-run homer by Tyler Sharp.
In the other Pool A game, Hurricane defeated Braxton County, 17-2.
The game featured a grand-slam home run by Austin Dearing in the second inning.
Pool play concludes today with four games: St. Albans vs. Hurricane at 4 p.m., Braxton County vs. Morgan County at 6 p.m., Martinsburg vs. Vinson at 5 p.m. and Barboursville vs. Bridgeport at 7 p.m.
The top two teams from each pool advances to a single-elimination tournament that will begin on Tuesday.
Elkins started the tournament off by meeting Barboursville, which used a good hitting performance to upend Elkins 11-1. The game was shortened to four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The hosts scored their only run of the contest in the top of the first inning. After a strikeout, Lucas Pawelczyk, Tyler Davis and Anthony Jones hit three consecutive singles. Pawelczyk scored when Brayden Davis was issued a walk.
Barbourville’s Hunter Eplin threw two more strikeouts to end any threat from Elkins.
Nate Surber led off with a single in the bottom of the first for Barboursville. Shortly after, he stole second base and went to third on a passed ball. He was singled in by Griffin Atwood.
Three batters later, Atwood scored on an RBI single by Jacob Ashworth.
The bottom of the second inning saw six of the first seven batters for Barboursville reach base. Logan Adkins started off with a single and was followed by RBI singles from Surber, Atwood and Eplin.
All told, Barboursville scored six runs on four hits, two errors and a hit-batsman for the inning.
Elkins loaded the bases in both the third and fourth innings but could not bring anyone home.
Barboursville started the bottom of the fourth stanza with Surber reaching on an error. An Atwood single followed and then Jacob Marsh hit a two RBI double to score Surber and Atwood. Eplin then hit a double, scoring Marsh ending the game.
In Pool A play on Saturday, Hurricane started off strong, scoring eight runs in the first inning and two in the second to hold off Morgan County, 14-9. Hurricane’s Brendan Lewis retired the side on three pitches in the third inning.
Brady Sipe homered for Morgan County.
Also in Pool A, St. Albans defeated Braxton County, 17-1, in four innings. St Albans sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring eight runs. Tyler Sharp, Wes Medley and Caden McCoy had multiple hits for St. Albans.
B. J. Utt scored Braxton County’s lone run in the first inning.
In Pool C, Fairmont topped Vinson in the late game, 12-1, in four innings.