Morgantown survives furious Post 29 rally

ELKINS – A furious rally by Elkins Post 29 came up short in an 11-10 setback in 10 innings to Morgantown Wednesday night at Elkins High School/Post 29 Field.

Elkins trailed 9-0 in the contest before tying the game at 10-all in the eighth on bases-loaded walks to Colby Gainer and Chance Price.

But Post 2 pushed across an unearned run in the top of the 10th en route to the win.

“Our kids showed a lot of character in fighting back,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “But the mistakes we made throughout the game were too much for us to overcome.”

George praised the efforts of relief pitchers Silas Gibson and Jared Kerns, who held Morgantown to just two unearned runs in 8 2/3 innings of work.

“Those two guys were tremendous,” George said. “They were able to help us fight back in this game by keeping Morgantown off the board.”

After Post 2 dented the scoreboard for seven runs in the first inning, Elkins battled back with a six-run surge in the fourth inning to cut the margin to 9-6.

Jake Wyatt and Al Johnson had two-run singles in the frame, while Tyler Shreve tallied an RBI single.

Gainer and Doug Smith added RBI singles in the sixth for the hosts to slice the deficit to 10-8.

Tyler Hart earned the win in two innings of relief for Post 2.

Gibson took the loss, allowing one unearned run in four innings on just two hits.

Price and Smith each had three hits for Post 29.

Travis Renner was 3 for 5 for the visitors, while Lucas Trovato and Tyler Shorter added two RBIs each.

Elkins (21-5) will visit South Charleston at 6 p.m. today at Sissonville High School.