Elkins outslugs Beckley to move into title contest

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Beckley catcher Micah Clay records the force out as Huntington Southeastern’s Adam Hanlon slides into home Friday in Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament play at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

ELKINS — Elkins rallied from a 6-1 deficit to outslug Beckley, 13-10, Friday night in opening round action of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old tourney being played at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

The victory puts Elkins into the driver’s seat of the tourney. Elkins will face the winner of today’s 1 p.m. elimination game between Huntington Southeastern and Beckley at 3:30 p.m. in the title game.

A second championship will be held on Sunday if necessary.

Beckley led 6-1 after scoring six runs in the bottom of the first.

Elkins plated three runs in the fourth, five more in the fifth and two each in the sixth and seventh frames.

Jayden Herron had five RBIs on the night for the winners, cracking a two-run double in the fourth and a three-run double in the fifth.

Cody Cooper earned the win in six innings of relief.

In Friday’s first game, Daniel Dickenson and Colton Tate collected three hits and drove in three runs each to lead Beckley to a 14-2 win over Huntington Southeastern.

Dickenson scored four runs in the contest, while Tate scored once and stole a base. Tyler Mackey also finished with three hits and drove in a run for Beckley, which finished the contest with 14 hits.

Cooper Vaught chipped in with two hits for Beckley, while Parker Hall knocked in a pair of runs on one hit.

Hall notched the win on the mound in six innings pitched. He surrendered just four hits and struck out eight Huntington batters.

Adam Hanlon had two of Huntington’s four hits in the contest. Lucas Hall doubled and scored a run, while Carter Williams singled and stole a base.

Mason McGinnis suffered the loss for Huntington in 2 2/3 innings pitched.