Barboursville playing for state title
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Barboursville powered past Huntington League 3 on Friday into the championship game of the Little League Baseball (age 11-12) All-Star State Tournament.
Barboursville won the semifinal matchup, 12-4, at Little Creek Park. The District 1 champion will play District 6 champion Martinsburg for the title Saturday at 10 a.m. Martinsburg won its Friday semifinal against Fairmont, 8-1.
The state champion earns a berth in the Southeast Regional Tournament, Aug. 2-9, in Warner Robins, Ga.
“We beat Martinsburg in pool play (9-7), but it will be a little different tomorrow, Barboursville manager Dell Adkins said.
Hogan Carter’s two-RBI double put Barboursville on the board Friday in the first inning. Blake Tilley, Ivan Vaughn and Jason Perdue also picked up RBIs as Barboursville batted around its order and jumped to a 5-0 lead.
Barboursville used the long ball to stretch its lead.
Griffin Adkins smacked a solo home run in the third inning for an 8-2 lead. Adkins followed with another solo homer in the fifth inning for a 9-3 edge.
Peyton Weekly and Carter connected on back-to-back homers in the top of the sixth inning that made it an 11-3 game. Chad Heiner’s double knocked in the final run.
Perdue started on the mound and got the win with relief aid from Tilley, Weekly, Brody Aliff and Trey Chapman.
Huntington League 3, the District 1 runner-up, had a Tanner Stevens single that drove in two runs in the first inning, an Andy Legg RBI single in the third inning and a J.J. Mercer run-scoring base hit in the sixth inning.
Mercer, the League 3 starter, pitched into the fifth inning and Cody Sheffield finished.