Post 17 downs Post 29
Fairmont took advantage of five errors to claim a 3-2 win over Elkins Post 29 Tuesday night in American Legion action at Elkins High School.
All three of Post 17’s runs were unearned and came in the third and seventh innings.
“We had way too many errors to win this game,” Elkins general manager Chris George said. “We also couldn’t cash in on our opportunities at the plate and lacked the big hit when we needed one.”
Fairmont jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Brandon Plivelich and a wild pitch that allowed Cutter Atha to trot home.
Post 29 tied the game in the fifth inning on a two-run single from Brennan Dettinger.
Post 17 scored the eventual winning run in the seventh when Johnny Kessling singled with two outs and later scored on an error.
With two outs in the ninth, Elkins had runners on first and second, but Kessling got the final out on a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Andrew Strand went six innings to earn the win, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking two. Kessling went the final three innings, surrendering two hits, striking out two and walking one to earn the save.
Ben Lonergran started for Elkins, allowing two runs on one hit, walking four and not recording a strikeout in two innings of work.
Silas Gibson took the loss in five innings of relief. He up one run on five hits and walked two. Dettinger also saw time in relief.
“All three of those guys pitched well,” George said. “We just didn’t give them any run support.”
Elkins (14-16) is scheduled to host Buckhannon at 7 p.m. today for an Area7 contest at Elkins High School.