ELKINS, W.Va. — Grantsville Post 214 came up just short against Potomac Valley before the pitching unraveled in a loss to South Charleston Friday at the Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
Harman led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run that gave Potomac Valley a 5-4 lead that would hold in the first game, before Simpson and Ramsey combined for a no-hitter as South Charleston won 13-2 in the late contest.
Post 214 took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of its opener, but Potomac Valley nullified that with a pair of runs in the second inning. Grantsville went up 3-2 in the third only to have Potomac score twice in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Josh Bittinger had an RBI single in the sixth to tie the score before Harman’s blast gave the lead back to Potomac Valley.
Mongold added three singles and Skovron hit a two-run double in the second inning. Keller also finished with a double.
For Grantsville, Steven Holtschneider had a double, and Jerad Fike singled home two runs in the first inning.
South Charleston scored 12 runs in the second inning to jump ahead 13-2 and Grantsville was held hitless over the five-inning game to fall to 3-6 on the season.
Hunt had a two-run double and Banks singled twice in the win. Kline added a two-run single.
Grantsville held South Charleston to six hits but issued 11 walks in five innings to go along with four errors in the field to allow the 13 runs.
Post 214 is scheduled for three games today, beginning with Wheeling, W.Va., at 11:30 a.m., following with Jefferson, Ohio, at 2 o’clock and finishing with Bellefonte, Pa., at 7 p.m.
Fort Cumberland splits a pair of games
ELKINS, W.Va. — Fort Cumberland Post 13 was throttled by Piketon, Ohio, 12-0 and then bounced back to defeat Beckley, W.Va., 6-2, in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic at Elkins High School on Friday.
In game one versus Piketon, Fort Cumberland was held to just two hits. It allowed 12 runs on nine hits as Piketon was led by six future Division I players. Jacob Corsley, an Ohio State commit, hit a double and a single and Joe Matalon added two doubles.
Against Beckley, Fort Cumberland fared much better surrendering just two runs on six hits.
Hitting wise, Drew O’Neal hit a double and two singles, Mike Moyer had a double and a single, Aaron Lehman added a two-run double and Zack Bradfield contributed two singles.
Fort Cumberland sits at 7-4 and plays two more games in the Classic today at 11 a.m. versus Fairmont, W.Va., and at 5 p.m. against Buckhannon, W.Va., at Elkins High School.