Beckley took advantage of seven Harrison County errors to eke out a 7-6 victory in Monday's elimination round game in Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament action at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Beckley will face Ceredo-Kenova at 5:30 p.m. today in another elimination contest. The winner will then meet Huntington Southeast at 8 p.m. in the loser's bracket finale.
Elkins awaits the victor out of the loser's bracket at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Harrison County catcher Eric Sprouse, right, tags out Beckley’s Dylan Foster as he tries to score during the first inning of Monday’s Babe Ruth 15-year-old state baseball tournament game at Robin Harvey Field. Beckley won the game 7-6 and will face Ceredo-Kenova at 5:30 p.m. today in another elimination game.
Pinch-hitter Eddie Wilson drew a two-out base on balls in the fifth inning and came around to score what proved to be the winning run on a single by Beckley shortstop Kenny Maiola.
Trailing 6-3 early in the game, Harrison County chipped away at the lead, starting with a single run in the third when Nate Fernandez drove home John Renzelli. Harrison County tied the game in the fourth, as Eric Sprouse scored on an error, and Tanner Colley scored on Braeden Hurst's double.
Harrison County erased an early 1-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the second inning on a run-scoring single by Josh West and a two-run double off the bat of Austin Tenney. But Beckley quickly regained the lead, thanks to three Harrison County errors in the bottom of the second. Ryan Brandstetter and Dylan Foster each powered run-producing doubles in the inning.
Beckley scored in the first inning when Maiola led off the game with a double, scoring when Brandstetter followed with a single.
Brandstetter earned the win on the mound, pitching three innings in relief and striking out four. Colley was tagged with the loss, pitching the final 4 2/3 innings of relief.
Colley led Harrison County with three hits, and Sprouse added two more. Brandstetter had three hits to lead Beckley, while Maiola and Anthony Wilson each had two hits.
Beckley will play the loser of the Elkins-Huntington Southeast game at 5:30 p.m. today.
Barbour County 0
Dana Maynard reached base all four times he batted, scoring each time to lead Ceredo-Kenova past Barbour County 10-0 Monday in an elimination game.
Maynard had two singles, walked once and was hit by a pitch in his four trips to the plate. Jaren Bailey, Chad Pratt and Colton Farley all had two hits each for C-K.
C-K scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the second and in the fourth inning. The game was halted by the mercy rule after C-K scored two more in the fifth inning.
Ryan Collins went the distance for C-K in the shutout victory, yielding only two hits and walking one. He struck out three batters.
Chris Neville suffered the loss for Barbour County, giving up nine hits and eight runs in four innings. He struck out three batters.
Seth Shaw had both hits for Barbour County.