Close Encounters

By Joey Kittle

Sports Editor

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins matched its longest winning streak of the season by sweeping Salem International Friday afternoon in a G-MAC doubleheader at Harpertown Field.

The Senators, who have won four straight contests, took both games by a single run, claiming the lidlifter 3-2 and the nightcap by a count of 5-4.

D&E rallied in the opener by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Houston Darling started the uprising with a double and trotted home on William Kendrick’s single. Brad Banzhoff then singled in Kendrick to tie the game and later scored on Matt Moceri’s game-winning RBI.

Jake Smith (1-0) went 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win. He allowed just two hits and walked one.

Zach Bradfield worked the first 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two unearned runs on seven hits, fanning seven and walking three.

In the second game, the Senators bolted out to a 5-0 lead before holding off a Tiger rally.

Treavor Dubiel had a run-producing double and Travis Phelps an RBI single in the first.

D&E tacked on a single run in the third on Lance Vannoy’s RBI single, while Dubiel and Phelps had back-to-back RBI doubles in the third.

Salem cut the lead to 5-3 in the fourth on run-producing singles by Emilio Lollio and Emmanuel Dominguez, along with an RBI fielder’s choice from Jared Ward.

Dayan Lopez’s RBI single an inning later made it a one-run game.

Tyler Honeycutt then worked out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win.

Peyton Newsom led off the seventh with a single but was erased on a doubleplay.

After Lollio singled, Honeycutt got Ward on a swinging strikeout to end the game.

Honeycutt (5-1) allowed four runs on eight hits in going the distance for the win. He fanned three and walked two.

Chance Sharpe (0-9) was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out three.

D&E improved to 14-19 overall and 4-10 in G-MAC play, while the Tigers dropped to 8-32 and 3-15.

The teams will play another doubleheader at noon today.