Single-elimination finals set today in Elkins
Pool play concluded Monday in the Little League 10-11 state tournament at Melvin Heckle Fields at Riverbend Park.
The first game of the afternoon featured two Pool A teams, St. Albans and Hurricane. The Hurricane All-Stars started strong and won the contest 12-2 in four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Brenden Lewis retired the side in order for Hurricane to start off the first inning.
In the home half, Cole Bumgarner led off with a single and Lewis reached on an error. Austin Dearing and Jacob Cooper each followed with an RBI single.
After a strikeout the next eight batters reached base, including singles by Enzo Lewis and Max Basler, and an RBI double by Ethan Hefner. Before the inning was over, Cooper had his second RBI single of the stanza.
All told, Hurricane scored eight runs on seven hits, three walks and two errors.
St. Albans got on the board with a run each in the second and third innings.
In the second, Steve McClure singled and later scored on a Trenton Hall single. In the third, Casey Kemplin doubled and moved to third base on a single by Tyler Sharp. Kemplin stole home on a wild pitch for the score.
Hurricane scored two in the third on an RBI double by Bumgarner and an RBI by Dearing.
In the bottom of the fourth, with a score of 10-2, Hurricane’s Enzo Lewis tripled and Nick Goad ended the game with a two-run homer.
In the other Pool A game, Morgan County used an 11-run third inning to blow past Braxton County by a score of 13-2.
Morgan County got on the board first in the second inning on a solo home run by Colby Farris and added to that with an RBI double by Cameron King.
Braxton County tied the game in the top of the third on a RBI double by Ryan Conrad followed by an RBI single by Logan Conley.
Morgan County then started bashing the ball, belting out seven hits ,including a home run by Ethan Barkley.
Barboursville and Bridgeport met in the Pool B game, with Bridgeport pulling away for a 13-2 victory in four innings.
Barboursville plated their two runs in the top of the first when Nate Surber walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Griffin Atwood scored on a Jacob Ashworth single.
Bridgeport was steady throughout the game, scoring in every inning.
The first inning featured a two-run homer by Nick Stalknaker.
Drew Harbert started the third inning with a solo home run. Later in the third, both A.J. Goodwin and Ryan Goff were credited with RBIs.
Several walks were issued by Barboursville in the fifth inning, including walking in Ryan Knapp for a score. Goff dealt the final blow with a two-run single to finish the game.
In Pool C, Martinsburg shut out Vinson 11-0 in four innings.
The pitchers for Martinsburg, Aden Sperry and Dylan Bourdalais, combined to throw a perfect game. In total, they registered eight strikeouts, including fanning the side in the fourth and final inning. They only allowed four balls to be put in play.
At the plate, Chase Delauder led off the bottom of the first by blasting his second pitch out of the park. Martinsburg scored three more runs on two more hits in the first.
A triple by Delauder and a two-run home run from Ashton Staubs highlighted a five-run second inning for the eastern panhandle team.
Martinsburg brought in two more runs in the fourth to end the scoring.
The next phase of the tournament begins today with the single elimination finals.
The teams from Bridgeport and Fairmont will meet each other at 5 p.m. with the winner facing Hurricane in the early game on Wednesday.
Barboursville and St. Albans take to the field at 7 p.m. with the winner facing Martinsburg in Wednesday’s late game.
The state champion will advance to the Tournament of Champions in Greenville, N.C.