Lewis County wins JV tournament

The Inter-Mountain photo by Ben Simmons Elkins’ Remington Stanley takes a big swing Saturday morning during a contest against Preston County in the 2018 High School Phares Memorial Junior Varsity Tournament at Elkins High School. Five junior varsity squads from the area competed in the two-day tournament with games at Elkins High School and Robin Harvey Memorial Field at Bluegrass Park.

ELKINS — Sunny weather over the weekend set the table for the 2018 High School Phares Memorial Junior Varsity Tournament in Elkins.

The tournament featured five JV squads from across the region and closed out with Lewis County (4-0) defeated Elkins (3-1) in the championship round on Saturday. The Minutemen won the contest, 6-4.

“Last summer, I spoke with a lot of the coaches from around the area and we felt like we needed to do something, as far as our JV teams to get them together and play,” EHS coach Jack Crumm said. “I decided to do something, since we have two really nice fields here in Elkins — Robin Harvey and the Elkins High School facilities. I talked to some of the guys from the Babe Ruth organization, and they were willing to help us with it. So we went for it. We went out and got six teams that wanted to play.”

The two-day tournament featured games played at Elkins High School and the Robin Harvey Memorial Field at Bluegrass Park. Teams participating included Elkins, Lewis County, Buckhannon-Upshur, Philip Barbour and Preston County. Grafton accepted the invitation, but had to cancel after rainout games were rescheduled.

In the championship game, Cole Bosick earned the victory for LCHS. He went 7 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 11 batters.

Remington Stanley shouldered the loss for the Tigers. He went 2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 2. Corey Reed and Tyler Davis both took the mound in relief.

Davis set the pace at the plate for Elkins, going 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Joey Satterfield also went 2 for 4 with a run scored, while Stanley and Reed both went 1 for 4 with doubles.

“In the tournament, our guys played really well,” Crumm said. “Defensively, they were sound. We used a lot of different pitchers to keep the pitch counts low. All the pitchers did well. We had guys that hadn’t pitched in a game for us … and they came out and threw strikes. We had a lot of people contribute, and they really played like a team. They only got to play four other games during the season because of the way the weather has been. They won all of those contests, so we’re real proud of them. They put in a lot of work. They did what they needed to do, as far as improving their skills as baseball players. We’re just really proud of those guys.”

Members of the EHS JV squad included Satterfield, Stanley, Reed, Davis, Anthony Jones, Dustyn Primavero, Gabe Guire, Dalton Jack, Devin Lamarne, Justin White, John Elmore and Hunter Mouse.