ELKINS - Logan Smith and Joe LaRocca combined on a three-hitter as Bridgeport blanked Elkins 4-0 Thursday night in Big 10 Conference play at Elkins High School.
The Indians and Tigers entered the game tied for second in the Big 10 standings with 7-1 marks, just behind league leader Fairmont Senior, which was no-hit by East Fairmont's Jacob Bolander in a 1-0 loss on?Thursday.
Elkins was never able to capitalize on eight walks issued by Bridgeport's two pitchers on the night, as they stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded on two different occasions.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Elkins High’s Isaac Riggleman releases a pitch against Bridgeport Thursday night in Big 10 Conference action.
"We lacked timely hitting tonight," Tigers coach Adam Roth said. "We had several scoring chances and were a hit or two away from making this a different game."
Bridgeport broke open an early pitchers' duel between Smith and Elkins starter Isaac Riggleman in the fourth with three runs.
Wesleyan signee Greg Smith started the rally with a single and scored the game's initial run on Tyler Skidmore's double.
Zach Hineman followed with another run-producing double to chase home Skidmore, and the final run crossed on Hunter Mann's sacrifice fly.
The Indians tacked on an unearned run in the fifth to make it 4-0.
Logan Smith went the first five innings to earn the win, allowing two hits, striking out five and walking seven.
LaRocca pitched the final two innings, working out of a small jam in the seventh when Joseph Severino drew a two-out walk and Colby Gainer followed with a single. He then retired the final batter with a strikeout to end the game.
Riggleman took the loss in a solid effort. He allowed four runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one in going the distance.
"Isaac held them down for the most part,"?Roth said. "He pitched well and gave us a chance to win. We expect to score more than four runs and just didn't get the job done offensively."
The Indians improved to 15-2 overall and will visit Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. today, while the Tigers (9-6) will travel to Lewis County at 7 p.m.
"It's pretty crowded atop the league standings right now," Roth said.
"There's still a lot of baseball to be played and we're going to keep fighting and see how it all plays out."