Post 29 topples Braxton

Bibey’s arm and bat help Elkins capture 17-1 Area 5 matchup

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Elkins Post 29’s Gage Bibey releases a pitch during Tuesday’s Area 5 matchup against Braxton County at the Philip Barbour High School field in Philippi. Bibey, a rising junior at PBHS, allowed just one run on four hits over five innings and contributed five RBIs in Post 29’s 17-1 victory.

PHILIPPI  — Gage Bibey’s arm and bat helped lead Elkins Post 29 to a 17-1 victory over Braxton County Tuesday night in American Legion Area 5 action.

Playing on his home field, the Philip Barbour High School rising junior went all five innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits, fanning nine and walking one batter.

He also helped his cause at the plate, going 3 for 4 with five RBIs.

Elkins, which had 16 hits on the evening, took control early with a five-run first inning.

Dustyn Primavero, also a junior-to-be at Elkins High School, laced a two-run triple and Tucker County product Zack Colebank a two-run single in the first frame.

Post 29’s Dustyn Primavero hustles to first base during Tuesday’s contest against Braxton County. Primavero had a two-run triple in the first inning.

Post 29 made it 7-0 an inning later when Bibey belted a run-producing single and another run crossed on an error.

A two-run double by Bibey and Remington Stanley’s RBI single in the third extended the lead to 10-0.

After Braxton County scored its lone run of the game in the fourth inning on Adam Dobbins’ RBI single, Elkins blew the game open in the home-half with a seven-run outburst.

Bibey again led the charge as his double plated two runs, while Will Knight, Nathan Cooper and Austin Simmons added run-producing singles in the inning.

Bibey went 3 for 4 with his five RBIs to lead the Post 29 offensive attack.

Knight, another Philip Barbour product, and Elkins High’s Stanley both went 3 for 3.

Former Tiger player and West Virginia Tech signee Read Schumacher was 2 for 3.

“We’re starting to come around at the plate,” Elkins manager Chris George said. “We were missing some players tonight and we had some of the younger kids step up for us.”

Kolton Knicely was saddled with the loss for Post 33, allowing seven runs on eight hits, fanning one and walking two in two innings of work. Five of the runs were earned.

Post 29, which is now 9-9 overall and 2-1 in Area 5 play, will travel to Mylan Park at 7 p.m. today to face Morgantown Post 2.