The Area 5 American Legion baseball tournament gets under way today at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Elkins, Buckhannon and Preston make up the field for the tourney. Buckhannon will face Preston in the opening game at 7 p.m.
Post 29 is the top seed in the tournament and enters with a 32-7 mark. Post 7 is the No. 2 seed and sports a 9-18 overall record. Preston is 0-17 on the season.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins’ Ryne Bonnell (22) and Caten Murphy (42) greet teammate Scott Fox at home plate after Fox hit one of his 13 home runs this season. Elkins will begin Area 5 tournament action Friday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Elkins will play today's winner Friday at 5 p.m. The loser of Game 1 will then play the loser of Game 2 at 8 p.m.
The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Elkins is led by Scott Fox, who has a 7-0 mark on the mound this season. He has a 2.82 ERA with 85 strikeouts.
Fox tossed a no-hitter against Potomac Valley on Monday.
Christian Scott (6-0), James Gainer (5-2) and Trevor Mouser (3-3) fill out the rest of Post 29's pitching rotation.
Fox also leads the team in hitting with a .520 batting average. He has 13 home runs and 55 RBIs.
Caten Murphy follows Fox in hitting with a .476 average. Brennan Dettinger (.432), Colby Gainer (.406), Cody Gainer (.378) and Ryne Bonnell (.374) have also put up strong numbers at the dish for Elkins this season.
"We're going to have to pitch well for the entire tournament," Elkins general manager Chris George said. "We're going to have to play our best baseball and not take anything for granted. We need to be focused and play well defensively."
Buckhannon is led by pitchers Nate Kemper and Dalton Westfall.
Logan Moneypenny, Tyler Wood and Daniel Powell are Post 7's top hitters.
Preston is led by pitchers Buddy Groves and Logan Menaer. Chase Chambers, Levi Nolan, Kaleb Atkinson and Kyle Cool will look to lead Post 56 at the plate.
The tournament champion will move on to the state tournament in Wheeling on Aug 1.