Elkins Post 29 captures 6-2 win over Morgantown

Elkins Post 29 evened its record to 16-16 on the season with a 6-2 win over Morgantown Thursday night under soggy conditions at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Cody Gainer started on the mound for Post 29 and did not allow a hit in the first and second innings. Gainer did walk the bases full in the top of the first but the defense clamped down and Morgantown came away empty.

In the bottom of the first, Morgantown’s Albi Eddy retired the first two Elkins batters he faced. Brennan Dettinger then laid down an infield single and Colby Gainer hit an RBI double to right for the game’s first score.

Cody Gainer faced the top of the order for Morgantown in the third and put out the first batter. Jimmy Galuski then smacked a double and took third base on a wild pitch. He tagged up and scored on a Conner Leone flyout to center.

After plating its first run, Post 2 had three consecutive batters reach base, including a double by Travis Renner. Gainer got out of the jam by forcing a high flyout to end the threat.

Elkins scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Colby Gainer started with a single and Cody Gainer was issued a walk. After being sacrificed over by Doug Smith, Garrett Riggleman belted a single to center that brought both Gainers home.

Post 2 scored its second run of the night in the fifth during a bad stretch for Cody Gainer. After retiring the first batter, he gave up a double to Connor Leone. After a walk and a wild pitch put runners at second and third, a strikeout followed but after granting two passes, Leone walked in for the score.

Post 29 responded though in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the frame. After a walk issued to Tyler Shreve, Colby Gainer hit the second pitch he saw over the left-field wall for a two-run homer.

Elkins notched another run in the home half of the seventh inning when Smith singled in Dettinger.

Tyler Scott entered the game in the sixth inning to relieve Cody Gainer on the mound for Elkins and held the visitors to no runs and no hits the rest of the way. Scott struck out three and walked one in earning the save.

Cody Gainer earned the win in five innings of action.

He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked eight.

Eddy took the loss for Morgantown as he gave up six runs on six hits, fanned three and walked six.

“We played good defense tonight along with getting good pitching performances, despite the wet conditions, from Cody and Tyler,” Elkins general manager Chris George said. “Along with our timely hitting, including Colby’s homer, it was a total effort tonight.”

Post 29 will host Romney at 2 p.m. Saturday for a doubleheader at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Elkins will then entertain South Charleston Post 94 for a pair of games at 2 p.m. on Sunday also at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.