Elkins bounces back with Big 10 conference victory

Elkins High School’s Luke Petrice connects with a Philip Barbour pitch during the Tigers’ 9-0 win Thursday.

PHILIPPI — Read Schumacher mowed down 8 batters Thursday, as Class AA No. 4 ranked Elkins cruised past Philip Barbour, 9-0, in Big 10 Conference action.

“Read (Schumacher) pitched really well,” EHS coach Jack Crumm said. “The kids did their jobs. We played well on defense. We hit the ball well enough. It’s nice to get back on the winning edge, after last night. The kids are on spring break and they’re playing every day. As we go through the week, it gets tough. We had a little bit of a let-down yesterday, but they refocused and I think we’ll finish out the week strong.”

Schumacher earned the victory for the mound for Elkins. In 7 innings, he gave up 4 hits, struck out 8 batters and walked another.

Aaron Fowler shouldered the loss for PBHS. He worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks.

Luke Petrice set the tone at the plate for Elkins, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Other top performances included: Joseph Schmidlen, 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored; Blake Loftis, 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored; Matt Wilson, 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI; and David Gainer, 2 for 3 with 1 run scored.

Aaron Fowler delivers a pitch toward home plate Thursday for Philip Barbour.

William Knight, Conner Setchell, David Freeman and Nathan Baldwin combined for the Colts’ 4 hits.

Elkins (11-2) will host Lewis County today. The junior varsity contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and the varsity contest will follow at 7 p.m. The Tigers will conduct senior night activities between games.

Philip Barbour is set to travel to Frankfort on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. contest.