Barboursville baseball champs in W.Va.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Official starting time Saturday was 10 a.m. for the Little League Baseball (age 11-12) State Tournament championship game between Barboursville and Martinsburg.
Barboursville’s all-stars unofficially went on the clock at about 7 a.m.
That’s when they met at the Barboursville Little League complex for a practice that included a spirited session in the batting cages.
The pop the players had in their bats at the early hour carried over to the game as they rapped out 20 hits — two were grand slam home runs — and rolled to a 21-7 victory in five innings over Martinsburg at Little Creek Park to earn a spot in next week’s Southeast Regional in Warner Robins, Ga., as the West Virginia representative.
“I told them not to bellyache about the early time,” Barboursville manager Dell Adkins said. “You’d think getting them out that early would be like pulling teeth. Today they were hyped, non stop. They killed the ball (in the cage). I told them there’s not a better time to win than now.”
Brody Aliff and Jayce Gould both hit grand slams — both on 1-2 pitch counts with two outs — and finished with six RBIs each. Trey Chapman added a two-run homer to highlight a 4-RBI second inning to power Barboursville’s onslaught against four Martinsburg pitchers.
Barboursville struck for nine runs in the second inning and added eight in the fifth inning to get the mercy-rule victory and its second win of the week against Martinsburg. Barboursville beat Martinsburg in pool play, 9-7, after trailing 7-0.
The Southeast Regional will be held Aug. 2-9. Barboursville is in Pool B with Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia. Barboursville will play the Alabama champion on Friday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m.
A year ago, Barboursville lost to Shinnston in the West Virginia title game, 11-10.
“We got on a roll hitting and kept it up,” Gould said. “We came out ready. This is something I dreamed about, especially after last year.”
Gould, who started at second base, came on to relieve starting pitcher Jason Perdue in the second inning. Peyton Weekly worked the third inning and Aliff handled the final two innings.
Aliff enjoyed his production at the plate, but took more delight in shutting down Martinsburg’s attack the final two innings.
“It changed the game around,” he said. “Throw strikes. That’s what it’s all about.”
In the fourth inning, Barboursville had the bases loaded with no outs. The next two batters were retired and that set the stage for Aliff’s blast deep to left to build the District 1 champ’s lead to 13-5.
“We got our timing down,” Aliff said. “That pitch was down the middle and I got it. It got our cushion (lead) back. This is awesome.”
Gould’s grand slam capped Barboursville’ eight-run fifth inning.
“See it and drive it,” Gould said. “You could just feel it at the plate. When we were down 7-0 to them the first time, it was a wake up call. We didn’t want that to happen again.”
Chapman said the nine-run second inning got Barboursville on the roll Martinsburg couldn’t stop.
“That was huge. It got us up and them down a little,” he said. “We showed we’re a good-hitting team.”
Hogan Carter had a 4-for-4 day for Barboursville.
“We timed their pitching and hit it,” Carter said. “That practice in the cage really helped.”
BARBOURSVILLE 090 48 — 21 20 3
MARTINSBURG 122 21 — 8 10 4
W — Perdue.
Hitting: (B) Adkins 2-5, RBI; Gould 3-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBIs; Weekly 3-4, RBI; Carter 4-4, RBI; Chapman 2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs; Tilley 2-4, 2 RBIs; Aliff 2-3, HR, 6 RBIs; Heiner 2-2. (M) Brown 2B, Jackson HR, RBI; Reedy 2 RBI, Farmer RBI, Hobson 2B, RBI; Pierson 2-3, 2B.
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