Doug Smith's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Elkins to a 3-2 win over State College (Pa.) Friday in Hillbilly Hardball Classic action at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
With the contest deadlocked at 2-2 going into the home-half of the seventh, Brennan Dettinger got things started with a one-out single to right field.
Dettinger then stole second base and moved to third on an error. One out later, Smith stepped in and delivered the game-winner to right-center field.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
State College’s Ben Ripka dives back into first base as Elkins’ Heath Broughton applies the tag Friday in Post 29’s 3-2 win at Robin Harvey Memorial Field. Broughton had a solo home run for Elkins in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.
"Doug came through with a big hit for us," Elkins General Manager Chris George said. "Hopefully this win will help boost out confidence for the rest of the tournament."
Elkins took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ryne Bonnell was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Scott Fox sacrifice fly.
State College tied the contest in the fifth inning when Kyle Lebarron knocked in John Bergman with a single.
Post 245 took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when Sean O'Melia drove in a run with a base hit.
Post 29 was down to its final out in the bottom of the seventh inning when Heath Broughton tied the game at 2-2 when he smacked a solo home run to left-center field.
"I was happy to see Heath come through for us," George said. "I'm glad he was able to send the game into extra innings for us."
Corey Howell notched the win for Elkins in one inning of relief. He allowed no hits, struck out one and walked one.
Fox started the contest and pitched seven strong innings. Fox scattered five hits, struck out 14 and walked five.
"Scott really pitched really well for us," George said. "He started the game very strong and kept us in it."
Zach Smeal took the loss for Post 245 in eight innings pitched. Smeal allowed seven hits, struck out three and walked three.
State College will play a pair of contests today. Post 245 will face Berkeley County at 2 p.m. at Robin Harvey Memorial Field and then battle Morgantown at 9:30 p.m. at Elkins High School.
Post 29 was playing a second game late Friday night at press time against Berkeley County.
Elkins will play two games today with its first contest being against Morgantown at 4:30 p.m.
Post 29's second matchup today will be at 9:30 p.m. against Buffalo (N.Y.).