SOUTH CHARLESTON - Tygarts Valley's first appearance in the Little League 11-12-year-old state tournament came to a conclusion on Wednesday with a 7-4 setback to Bi-State at Little Creek Park.
Despite going 0-3 in Pool A play, Tygarts Valley manager Greg Smith saw a lot of positives from this team.
"We had the lead and a chance to win two of the three games we played," Smith said. "I couldn't have asked more in terms of effort from our kids. It was a great experience and something they'll remember for a long time."
Tygarts Valley players greet teammate Jake Tackett after his solo homer in the sixth inning against Bi-State Wednesday at Little Creek Park in South Charleston. Tygarts Valley completed Little League 11-12-year-old tourney play with a 7-4 loss to Bi-State. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle)
Tygarts Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Daniel White and Jake Tackett singled in front of a homer to deep left-center from starting pitcher Austin Lanham.
Lanham, who was aided by a doubleplay by his defense in the first inning, escaped another jam in the second when Bi-State placed runners on second and third. He got the final out with a flyout to end that threat.
In the third, however, B-State picked up a pair of runs on a two-run single by Zack Whitacre, and tied the score an inning later on an RBI single from Karson Robinette.
Bi-State then took the lead for good in the fifth on a run-producing single from Dell.
A three-run homer over the right-field fence allowed Bi-State to increase the margin to 7-3 in the sixth.
Tackett closed the scoring with a solo homer to lead off the sixth.
Lanham and Tackett both saw time on the hill for Tygarts Valley with Lanham working the first 4 1/3 innings.
Lynch earned the win for Bi-State in six innings of action.
"We just couldn't get the timely hit today," Smith said. "Our pitching was strong and our defense was solid.
"It just came down to them getting the hitting when they needed it."
St. Albans, which finished 3-0 in Pool A play, and Bi-State both advanced to single-elimination action, which begins today.
Elkins, meanwhile, will face Martinsburg at 6 p.m. Elkins is 2-0 in the tournament and finished as the winner of Pool B.