Scott Fox surrendered just one hit in eight innings pitched to help lead Elkins to a 13-3 victory over rival Buckhannon Wednesday in American Legion action at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Fox, who improved to 5-0 on the campaign, fanned 15 batters and walked four in earning the win. He had a no-hitter through six innings of work.
"Fox pitched real well from the start of the game," Elkins general manager Chris George said. "He gave us a very good effort on the mound."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins hurler Scott Fox delivers a pitch during Post 29’s 13-3 win over Buckhannon Wednesday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field. Fox allowed just one hit in eight innings pitched.
Leading 1-0, Post 29 crossed four runs in the sixth inning to take a five-run advantage. Fox helped his own cause in the sixth with a two-run double. Heath Broughton added a run-producing single in the set.
Post 7 answered in the top of the seventh inning with three runs to cut the deficit to 5-3. Daniel Powell delivered the big hit in the inning with a two-run double.
Elkins (22-7) all but sealed the outcome of the contest with five more runs in the home-half of the inning.
Fox, Caten Murphy and Jake Wyatt all drove in runs in the seventh.
Post 29 tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning, ending the contest by way of 10-run mercy rule. Murphy had a three-run homer in the inning.
"We started slow at the plate but we hit the ball very well late in the contest," George said. "We need to try and start hitting the ball from the first inning on, though."
Murphy and Fox finished the contest with two hits and three RBIs each to lead Elkins at the plate.
"Fox and Murphy came up with some big hits for us," George said. "We need them to continue to hit the ball the way they are."
Ryne Bonnell and Cody Gainer added two hits each for Post 29.
Nate Kemper suffered the loss for Buckhannon (8-15) in seven innings pitched.
Kemper allowed five hits, struck out four and walked five batters.
Post 7 will return to action on Saturday at Potomac Valley for a doubleheader.
Elkins will entertain a pair of games Saturday at Elkins High School.
Post 29 will play the Morgantown Junior American Legion team at 1 p.m. Elkins will then face the Charleston Power at 6 p.m.