Colts rally past Tigers

PB plates four runs in sixth inning en route to a 5-4 win

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Philip Barbour’s Chase Collier slides into second base as Elkins shortstop Nathan Cooper takes a throw Thursday in Philippi.

PHILIPPI — While facing a 4-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Thursday, Philip Barbour went on to manufacture four runs to take a 5-4 win over Elkins in Big 10 Conference rivalry action.

Gage Bibey hit a lead-off home run to spark the late run by the Colts, while helping himself with his pitching duties.

Bibey went 6 2/3 innings on the bump against a quality Elkins opponent, recording seven strikeouts, scattering four runs on seven hits and walking three.

Elkins senior hurler Jeremy Cogar shouldered the loss for the orange and black in 5 1/3 innings on the hill. Cogar was charged with four runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking three.

Cory Reed gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI double. Alex Wilson hit a sacrifice grounder to short to tie things up.

Elkins plated a trio of runs in the fifth to take another lead. After a lead-off double by Cole Crumm, Read Schumacher belted a two-bagger to deep center.

Matthew Gainer stepped up with a two-run double and Cogar connected on a run-producing single to bring Gainer around to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.

Helping round up the other three runs by the hosts late in the game was a two-run single from sophomore Tanner Corder to score fellow sophomores Austin Bolyard and Austyn Fletcher.

Will Knight capped off the scoring with an RBI double to plate Nick Hamrick with the winning run.

Philip Barbour, now 13-4, will be idle until traveling to Lewis County on Tuesday for a Big 10 encounter.

Elkins, which is now 13-7 on the season, is slated to host Robert C. Byrd on Monday.