Elkins Post 29 splits games against Grantsville

Brandon Hamons tossed allowed just three hits over five innings as Elkins Post 29 salvaged a split against Grantsville (Md.) Sunday at Elkins High School.

Hamons (4-4) struck out two and walked two as Post 29 earned a 13-0 win in a game called after the top of the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Cody Gainer led Elkins at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Tyler Shreve also knocked in three runs, while Doug Smith knocked in a pair and Tyler Scott tallied two hits and an RBI.

Pat Sines took the loss for Post 214, allowing four runs on four hits.

Post 29 dropped an 8-7 decision in extra innings in the opening game.

Grantsville broke open a 6-6 tie with two runs in the ninth as Cody Rodeheaver lofted a sacrifice fly and Brooks Carr added an RBI single.

Carr’s single proved to be key as Elkins mounted a rally in the home-half of the frame when Jacob Wyatt was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded to make it a one-run game. But Sines, working in relief, retired the final batter with the bases loaded to end the game.

Sines went 2 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits and fanning two.

Elkins’ pitchers were not aided by the defense as only two of the runs surrendered were earned.

Issac Riggleman went the first five innings, allowing six runs, only one earned, on two hits. He struck out three and walked five. Scott took the loss in relief, giving up two runs on four hits, fanning six and not walking a batter.

Cody Gainer went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to pace Post 29 at the plate. Colby Gainer and Smith each added two hits.

“I was pleased with our focus in the second game,” Elkins general manager Chris George said. “We came out and hit the ball and got a good pitching effort from Brandon.

“We also played well in the first game but some costly mistakes really hurt us.”

Post 29 (14-15) will have a busy schedule of games this week at home.

Elkins will face Fairmont at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Elkins High School. Post 29 then will host Area 7 rival Buckhannon Wednesday and Morgantown on Thursday.

Both of those games are scheduled to be played at Robin Harvey Memorial Field with 7 p.m. starts.