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4 seniors will lead Tigers in 2013

April 18, 2013
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Elkins High School baseball team will look to replace five seniors off of last year's 15-12 season for head coach Adam Roth.

The Tigers, who finished 15-12 last spring, lost to Bridgeport in the regional semifinal game.

Elkins returns four seniors - Clayton Collett, Silas Gibson, Ryan Summerfield and Jake Wyatt.

Three of the four were regular starts. They include Collett, who played in the outfield and batted close to .428 last year, Gibson played third base and Wyatt was the team's starting catcher..

Summerfield was used primarily as a pitcher last year but we'll play a bigger role this year for the Tigers

"We're expecting big things out of our four seniors," Roth said. "We're going to need some leadership from these guys."

Juniors Colby Gainer (shortstop), Tyler Shreve (second baseman), Garrett Riggleman (catcher), Issac Riggleman (pitcher) all return with experience, along with infielder Kollin Hopwood and outfielder Logan Phillips.

"Gainer and Shreve were very good for us up the middle last year," Roth said. " We need another good season from those two this year. "Issac was our (closing pitcher) last year and were hoping to have him into a starting role for us this season, while Garrett will be a backup catcher ."

Elkins has an abundance of sophomores battling for playing time this year .

"Our sophomores are very capable of playing at the varsity level," Roth said. "We just have to wait and see how things work out."

The Tigers lost the following seniors from last year to graduation - Riley Lloyd, Caten Murphy, James Gainer, Cody Gainer and Brennan Dettinger."

Elkins will play a competitive Big 10 Conference slate, along with non-conference contests against Webster County twice, Martinsburg twice, Hampshire, Liberty (Raleigh), Moorefield and Petersburg.

The Tigers will face area rival Buckhannon-Upshur on March 19 in their season opener.



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