ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - Austin Lanham drove in four runs Thursday to help the Elkins 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars defeat Crown Point, Ind., 13-2, in the first round of pool play at the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament.
Elkins is scheduled to play two games today. The team will face Mattoon, Ill., at 10:30 a.m. and Cambridge, Ohio, at 3 p.m.
"We played all three phases of the game well," Elkins manager Steve Schumacher said of Thursday's victory. "Our pitching was solid - we only gave up three hits. Our fielding was solid, we only had one error. And our hitting was solid, we had 14 hits.
"The kids all had a good attitude. They played hard from the first pitch to the last out," Schumacher said.
Matthew Gainer threw three innings to earn the victory. He gave up one hit and zero runs, while striking out two batters.
Elkins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Lanham smacked a two-run double to score Gainer and Thomas Talkington.
In the fourth inning, Jeremy Cogar scored on a Read Schumacher single to put Elkins up by a score of 3-0.
Elkins scored four runs in the fifth inning to bust the game open. Beau Bright connected on an RBI double to score Brett Smith. Cogar then singled to score Bright, followed by a Lanham single that plated Cogar and Gainer.
Crown Point tallied its two runs in the fifth inning, when Jake Spholasky doubled to score Ryan Fender. Spholasky later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Gimack.
Not to be outdone, Schumacher and Jesse Williams both collected RBIs in the sixth inning to give Elkins a 9-2 advantage.
Elkins then piled on four more runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Lanham led the offense, going 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Gainer finished the day 2 for 4 with three runs scored. Schumacher went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Bright went 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Cogar 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Williams went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Following pool play, the teams will be ranked and compete in a single-elimination tournament to determine who goes on the compete in the Babe Ruth World Series.
Elkins 15s fall to Schererville
MARINETTE, Wis. - Blake Loftis singled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to break up a no-hitter, as the Elkins 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars fell to Schererville, Ind., 5-0, in the first round of pool play for the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament.
Elkins will play two games today. The team is scheduled to face Lawrence County, Ill., at 11:30 a.m. and Zanesville, Ohio, at 3 p.m. EST
"We played hard, they're just a really good team," Elkins manager Jack Crumm said. "There are three very good teams in our pool. We're keeping a close eye on our pitch counts, to save our arms for the elimination games.
"Schererville is one of the best teams in the tournament, but I like the way we are sitting.
"We didn't play our best, but we hung with them. I believe we can come away with two wins (today) and get a good seeding in the tournament, maybe even a first-round bye."
Bo Hofstra threw a 76-pitch complete game to earn the victory. He took a no- hitter into the seventh, before Loftis connected for the single.
Rece Wamsley took the loss for Elkins. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out two batters.
Following pool play, the teams will be ranked and compete in a single-elimination tournament to determine who goes on to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series.