CHAPMANVILLE – Martinsburg used a 14-hit attack to defeat Elkins 12-1 in five innings Friday in opening-round play of the 11-12-year-old Little League state tourney.
Last year’s state runner-ups used a homer from Chase Delauter in the first inning in taking an early 3-0 lead in the Pool A battle.
Martinsburg tacked on a single run in the third and two in the fourth before blowing the game open with a six-run outburst in the fifth.
Nathan Cooper scored the lone run for Elkins in the third.
Evan Hurt and Tyler Gall each had three RBIs to lead the charge for Martinsburg. Trey Sine and Gall each had three hits, while Hurt added a homer.
Ryan Barger, one of four pitchers used by the winners, recorded three strikeouts. Ashton Staubs, Sine and Delauter also saw time on the mound.
Alan Bennett pitched four innings in taking the loss. Anthony Jones, Remington Stanley and Cooper had hits for Elkins.
“Our kids competed well today against a very good team,” Elkins manager Matt Davis said. “Martinsburg has been the state runner-up for the past two years. The good thing about pool play. … we get to play again tomorrow.”
Elkins kept the score close, trailing 5-1 until the top of the fifth inning. Davis said the team left 11 runners on base.
“We were not able to put timely hits together today,” Davis said. “The kids competed for five innings today. We pitched the ball well. Martinsburg had some timely hits in the top of the fifth inning. Mountaineer will be a tough opponent. Even though they lost to Bridgeport today, they hit the ball well.”
Elkins will return to action at 5 p.m. today against Mountaineer. It will then complete pool play at 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Bridgeport.
Martinsburg and Bridgeport will meet at 2 p.m. today.
The top two teams in each pool advances to the single-elimination championship round, which begins on Monday.
In other action on Friday, Bridgeport defeated Mountaineer 8-1, Milton blanked Mullens 9-0, Hurricane cruised past Huntington League 3, 10-2, Summersville defeated Beckley, 8-2, and Morgan County edged Madison, 6-5.