WHEELING - Ryne Bonnell's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth lifted Elkins past South Charleston 9-8 Saturday in the American Legion state championship game.
It was the first state title for Elkins in 35 years.
Post 29 improves to 38-8 and advances to the Mid Atlantic Regional tourney that begins Thursday in West Lawn, Pa. Elkins will face Brooklawn (N.J.), the defending Mid-Atlantic champions, at 9:30 a.m.
Elkins Post 29 players celebrate after capturing the American Legion state championship Saturday. Post 29 defeated South Charleston 9-8 in Wheeling.
"It's very exciting to win the state title and this win was for (J.T. McClure). It was a goal for us this season and we achieved that goal," Elkins Post 29 general manager Chris George said. "We're excited to be moving on to regional play and to face very good competition."
McClure was a former Post 29 player, who recently died.
With the game tied 8-8 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Tyler Shreve and Brennan Dettinger singled in front of Bonnell, who hit a single to right field, scoring Shreve with the winning run.
"Ryne came up big for us in the eighth inning with his hit to right field," George said. "We had some key hits in the game, but that hit was when we needed it the most."
With Elkins trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of third inning, Post 29 scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Cody Gainer hit a three-run home run, his fifth of the season. Dettinger also scored on a wild pitch.
Elkins trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning before crossing four more runs to make it 8-5. Trevor Mouser had an RBI double and Chance Price had a run-producing single. Both also scored on wild pitches.
James Gainer (8-2) notched the win for Elkins in 1 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up no runs on one hit and struck out two.
Starter Scott Fox went the first 7 1/3 innings. He gave up one earned run on eight hits, walked seven and struck out 10.
"James really pitched well in relief for us. He had a good tournament with two wins and a save," George said. "Scott gave us a good outing as well, which we needed."
Cody Gainer had two hits and three RBIs, while Dettinger had two hits for Post 29.
Bonnell, Price and Mouser had one hit each and an RBI for Elkins.
Josh Kiser took the loss for Post 94 in 1 2/3 innings of work. He gave up one run on four hits and struck out one.
Kiser had two hits and RBI, while Daniel Ramsey and Ben Spurlock had two hits each for South Charleston.
"It was a great team effort," George said. "I was very pleased on how the kids fought back after losing Friday night. We got some key hits and people stepped up big for us.
"Trevor really pitched well in the first game Saturday to get us to the title game."
Elkins won its first game on Saturday 10-0 over Moundsville in eight innings.
Mouser (4-3) pitched a complete-game, three-hitter for the win. He walked two and struck out two.
Colby Gainer had three hits and two RBIs, while Cody Gainer two hits and three runs scored for Post 29.
Fox and Doug Smith had two hits each for Elkins.