HUTTONSVILLE – Rain on Sunday has created scheduling changes in the 10-11-year-old state tournament being held at the Tygart Valley Little League Field.
Multiple periods of rain showers delayed games throughout Sunday afternoon, but three contests were played, as Fairmont blanked Man, 10-0, in Pool C action, St. Albans defeated Vinson, 17-1, in Pool B play and Bridgeport knocked off Bi-State, 14-3.
The Summersville-Mountaineer game slated for Sunday night, however, will now be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The championship game, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, is now tentatively set for Friday and elimination round play will be held Wednesday and Thursday.
The start of the St. Albans-Vinson contest was delayed for nearly three hours.
“I’m impressed with how well our kids stayed focused,” St. Albans coach Matt Samples said. “After two breaks in the action, they kept their concentration and played well. It’s hard to keep kids focused for that long.
“I was also impressed with the field crew. Even after all that rain, they got the field playable. They really did an outstanding job.”
Also on Sunday, Cole Peschel cracked a grand slam and tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to lead Fairmont to the shutout win over Man.
Adam Earls also laced a two-run single for Fairmont.
Today’s schedule includes Mountaineer vs. Bridgeport at 1 p.m., Summersville vs. Bi-State at 3:30 p.m., Mason County vs. St. Albans at 6 p.m. and Jefferson County vs. Fairmont at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Bi-State defeated Mountaineer, 20-1, Man edged Jefferson County, 8-7, Bridgeport cruised past Summersville, 22-2, and Mason County earned a 13-2 victory over Vinson.
Jefferson County appeared to be in control against Man during its opening game of the tournament on Saturday.
Holding a 7-5 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, reliever Sammy Roberts started the frame by recording his ninth strikeout of the day.
But after solo homer by Caleb Blevins cut the margin to one run, Corey Miller reached on a single and Micah Miller followed with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence to give Man the 8-7 walk-off victory.
Man’s comeback overshadowed Roberts’ effort on the mound.
Entering the game with his team trailing 4-2 in the first inning, Roberts limited Man to just a single run and four hits over the next 4 2/3 innings.
Jefferson County took a 6-4 lead in the second with a four-run outburst.
Will Ricketts started the rally by drawing a walk and Mason LaFollette followed with a bunt single.
Hunter Link then plated Ricketts with another single. A double play resulted in the second run on the frame, followed by RBIs from Cullen Horowicz and Roberts.
Roberts, meanwhile, allowed just a walk in the second and struck out the side in the fourth.
He ran into trouble in the fifth before Horowicz snagged a line drive with runners at first and second to end the threat.
Daniel Rutledge added an RBI single in the fifth for Jefferson County, while Josh Lambert had a run-scoring safety in the home-half of the frame for Man.
Preston Blankenship earned the win in two innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and fanning two. Miller went the first four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and striking out five.
Rutledge took the loss.