From Staff Reports
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Fort Cumberland Post 13 split its first two games in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic, edging Charleston Power 4-3 before dropping an 8-4 decision to Wheeling Post 1 Friday at Bridgeport High School.
Against Charleston, Fort Cumberland (4-4) got a run in the first inning, but fell behind 2-1 in the second. Post 13 tied the score in the fourth, stayed tied 3-3 after both teams scored once in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth.
Chris Fram led Fort Cumberland with a triple and a single, and Colton Sivic added a double.
Kevin Sauntis hit a two-run home run for the Power.
Sivic homered during Post 13’s loss to Wheeling, putting Fort Cumberland ahead 4-2 in the top of the third. Wheeling pulled away by scoring six runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Fram added a double and a single, and Evan Harden doubled for Fort Cumberland.
Kevin Ellis hit a two-run home run, a double and a single while Matt Bakaitis added three singles for Wheeling.
Fort Cumberland will play two more games in the Classic today. They face Utica (Ohio) at 11 a.m., and Bridgeport at 4 p.m.
Grantsville splits pair
ELKINS, W.Va. — Cody Rodeheaver launched a two-run homer to help power Grantsville Post 214 to a 14-7 win over Potomac Valley in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
Potomac Valley battled back from an early 6-0 deficit to make it 6-5 after three innings. But Grantsville pulled away with the help of Rodeheaver and Patrick Sines, who drove in four runs with three hits. Mason Dick singled three times and had two RBIs, and Kyle Rosenberger doubled twice and singled.
Alex See singled twice for Potomac Valley.
In the evening game, a late rally by Grantsville fell one run short in a 7-6 loss to South Charleston.
Grantsville (4-3) rallied for three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, and had the tying run at second base when South Charleston got the final out.
Brooks Carr belted a two-run home run, Rosenberger lined an RBI double and Keith Chapman hit an RBI single.
Dusty Kincade had a single and two RBIs and Josh Burks and Riley Metz hit RBI singles for South Charleston.
Grantsville plays State College, Pa., at 2 p.m., and Prospect, Ohio, at 7 p.m. today in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
Romney 11, Beckley 10
PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Jamison Jones and Cole Smith went 3 for 3 and Romney Post 91’s fourth inning created some separation before it had to hold on for an 11-10 win Friday at the Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
Jones ripped a double and two singles, while Smith did all of his damage with three singles. Smith also drove in three runs. Braiden Popluhar hit two singles and Shane Ennis belted a three-run home run a Romney scored six times in the fourth.
Romney (6-2) plays Moundsville today at 11:30 a.m. and Beech Creek at 2 p.m. at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.