Legion Slugfest

ELKINS – Elkins Post 29 built a big early lead then had to withstand a late Preston County rally in a 17-14 victory Sunday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Post 29 played Post 56 after Clarksburg was unable to field a full team.

A two-run single by Chance Price in the first inning and a two-run double by Al Johnson in the second helped Elkins build an 8-0 lead against the visitors.

After Preston County cut the lead to 8-2 in the third, Post 29 picked up three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to take a commanding 14-2 deficit.

Johnson cracked a two-run single in the fifth to lead the charge.

But Post 56 tallied five runs in the seventh to make it a seven-run deficit.

Elkins tacked on two runs in the home-half of the frame before Preston County again put up a five-spot in the eighth to make it 16-12.

Jacob Marsh belted a deep double to center to plate P.J. Lanham in the bottom of the frame for Post 29.

Preston County then closed the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth before Isaac Riggleman was able to secure the save.

Brandon Hamons earned the win in six innings of relief, allowing three runs on two hits, fanning five and walking two.

Johnson and Daniel Crawford each went 3 for 4 to lead Post 29 at the plate.

On Saturday, Post 29 rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to earn an 11-10 victory at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

Elkins led 8-5 before Beckley scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 10-8 advantage.

Silas Gibson went 1 2/3 innings of relief to earn the victory. Price pitched the first six innings, allowing just three earned runs. He also drove in five runs at the plate.

Gainer went 5 for 5 for Post 29, while Tyler Shreve drove tallied a three-run double and Jake Wyatt a two-run single.

“Overall it was a good weekend,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “We got a big comeback win down at Beckley, showing a lot of resiliency in the process, and then were able to hang on (in Sunday’s game).

“We jumped out to the early and then put in the younger players. Our pitching and defense let us down, but we held on to get the win.”

Elkins (20-5) will host Area 5 rival Buckhannon at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.