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Five teams go undefeated

Post 29 finishes with 2-2 record during annual tournament

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Braxton County’s Gary Hess is tagged out at third base during Hillbilly Hardball Classic action against Summersville Saturday at Philip Barbour High School. Summersville won the game, 6-4.

ELKINS — Despite most of the Hillbilly Hardball Classic Tournament being washed out by thunderstorms on Thursday, the weather enabled games to be played all day on Friday and Saturday, along with a single game on Sunday.

With no championship round played due to Thursday’s weather issues, the tourney concluded with Latrobe (Pa.) defeating Moundsville, 11-1, on Sunday morning at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Five squads –Morgantown (3-0), South Charleston (4-0), Florida Gulf Development (4-0-1), Florida Gulf Coast Green (4-0) and Marietta (Ohio) (5-0) all finished the tournament undefeated, while Beckley wrapped up play with a 4-1 mark.

“I want to thank all of our field crews for the hard work they put in each and every day of the tournament,” Elkins manager and tourney director Chris George said. “We couldn’t have had any of the games without their hard work, especially on Thursday when it rained most of the day. I also want to thank the Randolph County Commission, Pizza Hut and all of our other sponsors.”

Host team Elkins split a pair of games in action on Saturday. Post 29 fell to Morgantown 7-1 in its first contest, but rebounded with a 14-3 win over Piqua (Ohio) in the nightcap.

In Game 1, Caleb Taylor pitched six strong innings to lead Post 2 to the win ver Elkins. Taylor allowed just four hits, struck out three and walked one. Clay Maholic had a big day at the plate for Morgantown, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs. Quinton Smith and Devon Neal added two hits each for the winners.

Read Schumacher took the loss for Post 29 (5-6) in 6 1/3 innings of work. Schumacher scattered nine hits, struck out seven and walked three. Schumacher and Brett Smith had hits for Elkins.

In Game 2, Matthew Gainer went 4 for 4 at the plate and Gage Bibey smacked a grand slam home run to power Elkins to the 11-run victory. Gainer finished with three RBIs and Will Knight drove in a pair.

Brett Smith (1-1) earned the win for Post 29 in five innings pitched. He surrendered just two hits, while striking out six and walking three.

Howie Ludwig took the loss for Piqua in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Will Eversol had one hit and one RBI in a losing effort.

In Friday’s late game, the son of former Elkins High School standout and Major League Baseball pitcher Stanley Fansler helped lead Beckley to an 12-2 win over Post 29.

Hunter Fansler earned the win on the mound for Post 32.

“It was nice to get a win to close out the tournament,” George said. “We played well at times and bad at times, but we’re getting better each day and starting to come together.”

Elkins will travel to Tennerton to face Buckhannon Tuesday at 7 p.m. for an Area 5 matchup.

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