Weather once again strikes out Hardball

ELKINS – Mother Nature threw organizers of the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic a curveball over the weekend.

After playing all but three games on the schedule on Thursday, rain showers from Friday evening through Saturday kept teams off the field and no championship round was held for the second straight year.

“It was very disappointing with the rain,” tournament director Chris George said. “But there’s not much you can do about it.

“We were fortunate the teams we’re still able to get in some games, but to not have a champion crowned was tough.”

George added praise for the field crews at each game site.

“Without their efforts, we wouldn’t have been able to get in as many games as we did,” he said. “I really appreciated the hard work they gave.”

Wheeling and Beckley both finished 5-0 in the tournament, while Morgantown was 4-0.

Post 29 went 2-2, taking a victory over Severna Park (Md.) on Thursday, falling to Morgantown on Saturday and splitting a pair of games against Jefferson County and Bridgeport on Sunday.

In Sunday’s play, Elkins fell to Jefferson County, 7-1, in its opener, as Trevor Pansch tossed a four-hitter and striking out six.

Owen Arbogast took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings, fanning three and walking five.

Colby Gainer was 2 for 3 for Post 29 at the plate.

Elkins rebounded in the second game to earn a 9-4 win over Bridgeport.

Tyler Scott (1-0) went all seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking six to earn the victory.

Al Johnson was 3 for 3 at the plate for the winners, while Tyler Shreve was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Kevin McDermott 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs, Doug Smith 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Jake Wyatt 2 for 3.

Logan Smith took the loss for Post 68 in four innings of work, surrendering seven runs on eight hits, walking six and fanning two.

Jimmy Galusky tossed a five-hitter in Morgantown’s 7-0 win over Elkins on Saturday.

Elkins (7-3) will return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeport.