ELKINS – Early rain showers on Thursday didn’t hamper the first day of the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
With the exception of three games being rained out at Philip Barbour High School, all of Thursday’s contests in the annual American Legion tournament took place at different sites around the area.
“It was a good start,” Hardball Classic director Chris George said of the opening day of the tournament. “The weather cooperated for the most part. We’re still going to try and play one of the games that was postponed at Philip Barbour High School (today).”
South Charleston’s pitching, meanwhile, looked sharp on opening day, as Post 94 claimed a pair of 10-0 wins.
South Charleston, the defending West Virginia American Legion state champions, defeated Potomac Valley in its first game at Robin Harvey Memorial Field before blanking Johnstown (Ohio) in a nightcap at Elkins High School/Post 29 Field.
In Thursday’s first game, South Charleston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on the strength of a two-run homer by Jake Payne.
Post 94 blew the game open with a seven-run outburst in the fifth. John Cline had a three-run triple and Ryan McDonough a homer during the outburst.
Noah Frampton and two relievers combined on a three-hitter in South Charleston’s win over Johnstown.
Post 94 struck for four runs in the first, as McDonough smacked a two-run homer and Riley Metz and Payne collected RBIs.
Jordan Clark cracked a solo homer to highlight a six-run fourth inning, while Evan Potter delivered a two-run double, Ace Estep a run-producing triple, Metz an RBI?double and Max Maxson an RBI single.
South Charleston will play a pair of games today, battling Beech Creek (Pa.) at 9 a.m. at Robin Harvey Memorial Field and Pickerington (Ohio) at 6:30 p.m. at Elkins High School/Post 29 Field.
Johnstown will face St. Mary’s (Md.) at 1:30 p.m. today at Elkins High.