Lady Tigers come up short at home

ELKINS — Haley Smith drove in 4 runs Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to help Elkins get past Big 10 Conference rival Lewis County. The Minutemaids won the contest, 13-5.

“Lewis County is a good-hitting team,” EHS coach Sherri Collett said. “We had too many errors to beat a team of that caliber. We had four errors that resulted in players getting on base. We can’t win making errors.”

Lewis County went up 5-0 in the top of the second inning. Elkins battled back in the bottom half of the stanza when Haley Collett led off with a double. Next up, Hali Newlon connected on a single. Following her, Korri Evans knocked a double to score Haley Collett and put two runners in scoring positions. Mackenzie Guy then walked to load the bases. Haley Smith came up big with a three run triple to make the score 5-4 when the rally finally ended.

LCHS responded with 4 more runs in the top of the third inning. Elkins mustered their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Smith connected on a sacrifice fly to score Madison Wagner. The Minutemaids put the game out of reach with 4 more runs in the fifth inning to make the final 13-5.

Alexis Hudson earned the victory for Lewis County. She worked 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 3 batters.

Evans shouldered the loss for the Lady Tigers. She struck out 3 batters, while scattering 13 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings.

Haley Collett, Guy, Newlon, Wagner, Smith and Evans all collected 1 hit each for Elkins. Smith generated 4 RBIs, while Evans recorded 1.

Alexis Rumbach set the pace for LCHS at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Paije Bragg, Kaelye Crook and Sydney Fikes collected 2 hits each. Peyton Campbell, 1 for 4 with 4 RBIs, homered in the contest.

Elkins (5-8) is set to return to action on Saturday, when the team travels to Bridgeport for a makeup game. Game time is set for 1 p.m.