Tigers fall in tourney
BRIDGEPORT — The Elkins Tigers managed to knock off No. 1 Bridgeport Wednesday in the continuation of a game that had been suspended due to severe weather, but the Tigers weren’t able to beat Bridgeport a second time Wednesday, which would have given them the Class AA Region II Section 1 Tournament crown.
Elkins won the first game 13-6, but fell 3-1 in the second contest Wednesday. The loss gave Bridgeport the sectional title and ended the Tigers’ season.
“You hate to end up on the losing end in your last game, but I thought the team played well in both games,” said EHS head coach Jack Crumm. “Bridgeport’s a good team, and they stayed solid today. All our pitchers pitched well the last two days, (but) it just didn’t turn out our way.”
The Tigers were ahead 8-5 in the first game when action was halted Tuesday, with Elkins batting with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth inning. When play resumed Wednesday the Tigers managed to score 5 more runs in the inning, and gave up one in the seventh, leading to the 13-6 final score.
Matt Gainer was the winning pitcher for Elkins, giving up 3 hits and 5 runs and notching 3 strikeouts with 4 walks. Hunter Mouse picked up the save, giving up 5 hits and 1 run in 2 innings, while allowing no walks.
Gainer also shone at the plate, going 3-5 with 3 RBIs, and scoring a pair of runs. Read Schumacher was 2-4 with a run scored, and Jeremy Cogar went 2-5 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Other Tigers contributing on offense included Luke Swecker, who went 2-4 with 2 runs scored; Russell Shiflett, who was 2-3 with 2 runs scored; Corey Reed, who went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored; Nathan Cooper, who was 1-4 with 2 RBIs and scored a run; and Cole Crumm, who went 1-3 with an RBI.
Bridgeport’s Tim Via was the losing pitcher, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings, and recording 4 strikeouts and 3 walks.
In the second game, Bridgeport’s Brayden Lesher dominated on the mound, giving up just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 9 Tigers and allowing 2 walks.
Cogar got the Tigers’ only hit and picked up the squad’s lone RBI of the game.
Schumacher was charged with the loss for Elkins, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs, none of them earned. He also notched 4 strikeouts and gave up 2 walks.
“It didn’t rain during the games today but it was hot, sticky and muggy,” Crumm said. “We managed to get the games in, which was important because the sectional tournament needed to be decided.”
Crumm said he was proud of his team’s efforts this season.
“We had a lot of adversity and injury that we had to play through this year, but the team got better as the season went along,” he said. “At one point our record was 6-9, and we finished the season 15-11. The kids managed to stay together and play as a team, and they accomplished a lot at the end of the season.”