ELKINS - Tyler Pownall came on in relief in the 10th inning Friday to pick up the victory as Hampshire defeated sectional foe Elkins, 4-3.
"It was a tough game against a quality opponent," Tigers coach Adam Roth said. "We battled. We had a lot of opportunities. We left some men on base and we missed out on timely hits. We hit the ball hard, it was just right at people."
Elkins tied the game in the fourth inning, 3-3, when Cameron Clarkson scored on an error.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Elkins High School’s Tyler Shreve takes a swing during a game against Hampshire Friday at the Elkins High School Field.
Neither team could find an advantage until the 10th inning, when Ethan Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Shane Ennis for the Trojans. The Tigers got a man on in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't get him home.
Ennis paced the Hampshire offense, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Dane Heavener and Ethan Turner also put together good games, both going 3 for 5 at the plate.
Colby Gainer pitched all 10 innings for the Tigers. He gave up three earned runs on 13 hits and stuck out seven batters.
Joseph Severino led the Tiger offense, going 1 for 2 with three walks and a run scored. Logan Phillips went 1 for 4 with an RBI and Isaac Riggleman went 2 for 5 with a double.
The Tigers (9-7) return to action with two games today. The team travels to Hampshire for a noon contest, then visits Petersburg for a 5 p.m. game.
Pendleton County 12, Tygarts Valley 2
FRANKLIN?- Pendleton County erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game and defeat Tygarts Valley 12-2 Friday night in PVC play.
The Wildcats led 1-0 before the fifth-inning outburst. After the Bulldogs plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning on a solo homer by P.J. Lanham and an RBI single from Jonathan Riegel, Pendleton County ended the game due to the 10-run mercy rule in the home-half of the frame with four runs.
Andrew Thompson, Luke Cooper and Luke Yokum each had two-run singles for the Wildcats, while Logan Cooper finished with three hits.
Tim Hevener earned the win, allowing just two hits in five innings with 10 strikeouts.
Owen Arbogast took the loss, giving up nine hits, fanning five and walking five in five innings.
Pendleton County (17-7, 10-2 PVC) will visit Union at 4:30 p.m. Monday, while Tygarts Valley (13-6, 6-3) travels to Tucker County at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Petersburg 4, Frankfort 0
PETERSBURG - Brian George twirled a one-hitter to lead Petersburg to a 4-0 win over Frankfort Friday in PVC action.
George struck out six and walked two.
Ryan Colaw had an RBI double and Colton Turner a two-run double for the Vikings, who will host Elkins at 5 p.m. today.
High school softball
TV 13, Tucker 7
MILL CREEK - Charity Lower struck out four batters Friday to lift Tygarts Valley past Tucker County, 13-7, in Potomac Valley Conference action.
"We bounced back after a few errors," TVHS coach Hannah Sundberg said. "The girls stayed positive and didn't stop. They made some good solid plays. I'm glad we won against Tucker, we have to face them next week in the sectional. I think it will help build the girl's confidence."
Lower pitched all seven innings, giving up nine hits and walking five batters. At the plate, she went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple.
Bekah Simmons took the loss for the Mountain Lions. She pitched seven innings, giving up 14 hits and striking out one.
Paige Pritt paced the Lady Bulldogs offense, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kelsey Wyss went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.
Tucker County and Tygarts Valley tangle again Wednesday in the first round of the sectional playoffs in Huttonsville.
Game one is set for 4:30 p.m.