Post 29 blanks Weston, 7-0, to secure title
Elkins will host Area 5 tourney as regular-season champions
WESTON — Elkins locked up the Area 5 regular-season championship and earned the right to host the league tournament with a 7-0 win over Weston Tuesday night at Lewis County High School.
Post 29, which improved to 19-14 overall and 6-1 in league play with the win, now has the luxury of entertaining the other three Area 5 teams when the area tourney gets underway July 24 at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
“One of our goals every year, when the season starts, is to finish first in the league so we can host the Area 5 Tournament,” Elkins manager Chris George said. “After dropping that league game to Buckhannon back in mid-June, the kids have really battled and played especially well against the other teams in Area 5. We’re happy that we’ll be home for the tournament.”
Elkins pitcher Read Schumacher proved to be too much for Post 4 in the contest, allowing just four hits in six innings of work. He struck out eight Weston batters and walked just two.
“Read has always been a big-game pitcher, and with the regular-season Area 5 title on the line tonight, he proved that again,” George said. “He went out and battled all night. He kept them (Weston) off balance with his curveball and stayed ahead with fastball. It was a very good performance on his part and we gave him some run support.”
Post 29 jumped out to a 2-0 led in the second inning when Matthew Gainer plated a pair of runs with a single. David Freeman hit his first-career home run in the fourth inning to make it a 3-0, and Schumacher singled and later scored on an error to give Elkins a 4-0 edge.
Schumacher collected and RBI double and Gainer had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to push the deficit to 6-0. Post 29 tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning to end the scoring.
Gainer, Schumacher and Cory Reed all finished with two hits each for Elkins. Gainer led the trio with three RBIs.
Conner Johnson surrendered six runs on seven hits to take the loss for Post 4 in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He walked four and struck out three.
Gage Bibey pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Post 29. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.
Elkins will return to action at 6 p.m. today at Moorefield Post 64.
Post 29 will then remain on the road at 5 p.m. Friday to battle Romney Post 91 at Potomac State College in Keyser.
The regular-season will conclude at Robin Harvey Memorial Field with a single game against Summersville Post 131 at 5 p.m. on Saturday and tilts against Fairmont and Moorefield on Sunday.