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Elkins rolls past Buckhannon, 11-2

June 28, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Sports Correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

TENNERTON - Elkins Post 29 appears to be back on track, rolling to a convincing 11-2 road victory at Buckhannon Post 7 Wednesday night in American Legion baseball action.

The win pushes Elkins to 3-0 in area play.

"We had some timely hitting, which enabled us to take advantage of our opportunities," Elkins General Manager Chris George said. "What is encouraging is that we had a lot of two-out production. We challenged the guys to keep battling in situations with two outs and also when we have two strikes. They did a good job with that tonight and kept some innings going."

Caten Murphy got the two-out lightning going early, drilling a two-run homer to right center field in the top of the first. Colby Gainer had worked a two-out walk to get on base before him.

With James Gainer opening the game with five shutout innings, Buckhannon starter John McDaniels fired three scoreless innings of his own after surrendering Murphy's blast.

Elkins ended the remnants of a tight contest with a five-run fifth. Christian Scott, Colby Gainer, Chance Price and Jake Wyatt all delivered RBIs in consecutive at-bats as the Post 29 lead was extended to 7-0.

Murphy registered an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, scoring Scott Fox with the eighth Elkins run.

Buckhannon's two runs crossed in the bottom of the sixth. Logan Moneypenny doubled home Tyler Wood and Daniel Powell singled home Corey Reed.

Elkins closed the scoring with a three-run ninth, highlighted by Fox's ninth home run of the summer.

"Fox is a great player," George said. "He has been scorching the ball."

Gainer pitched the first six innings, scattering seven hits, walking four and striking out two.

Heath Broughton pitched two shutout innings in relief for Elkins, with Corey Howell firing a scoreless ninth.

Nate Kemper relieved McDaniels and provided 3 1/3 innings of one-run baseball.

Fox and Ryne Bonnell each produced three hits each to spearhead the 12-hit Elkins attack.

Wyatt delivered two hits, while Caten had a game-high three RBIs. Murphy, Fox and Cody Gainer all scored a pair of runs each.

Wood, Moneypenny and Powell all registered two hits, as Buckhannon tallied eight total hits.

Kemper added a double as Buckhannon could not find many closing hits in leaving 13 runners on base.

"We could not get some timely hits when needed them, and we gave them a few extra outs along the way," Buckhannon's new head coach Steve Gandee said. "Against a team with Elkins' talent, you cannot give them any extra opportunities."

"Buckhannon is a very solid team when they have all of their people and this was a good win for us," George said. "They have some good players and I think Steve will do a good job."

Elkins raises its overall record to 14-5 with the victory. Post 29 will return to action Friday night at home against Beckley Post 32 at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Buckhannon falls to 7-10 with the loss and will host a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend.

Post 7 will entertain Clarksburg on Saturday and Potomac Valley Sunday.



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