Martinsburg comes back to beat Barboursville, 8-6
HUNTINGTON -- After his Barboursville age 9-10 Little Baseball team used a big fifth inning to squeak by Bridgeport on Friday, coach Dell Adkins was relieved.
After his team turned the trick again on Sunday -- this time utilizing the fifth to jumpstart its win over Ceredo-Kenova -- Adkins started to sense a trend.
And he was uneasy about it.
"I'd rather not wait until the fifth," he said following Sunday's 9-3 victory over C-K.
During Monday's state tournament quarterfinal game with Martinsburg, Barboursville didn't wait.
In fact, its rally started in the fourth inning.
However, it was its opposition who used the fifth -- in a big way.
After Barboursville got five runs in the fourth to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead, Martinsburg responded with four runs of its own to earn an 8-6 victory at Huntington League 3.
Martinsburg now advances to take on Charleston Central in an 8:15 p.m. semifinal.
The other semifinal will feature Hurricane and Bi-State. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m.
Both semifinal games can be heard on Supertalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 WRVC.
"That's what I told them," said Barboursville coach Dell Adkins. "I was like, 'Hey, we got all our runs in the fourth. Now, we're going to go really big here in the fifth.'
"But they battled. That was a good pitcher. We hit the ball, they made great defensive plays."
In many ways, Martinsburg earned this one.
First there was the gutsy effort of its starter Kyle Farmer. Battling sticky heat and a proven Barboursville lineup, Farmer went all six innings -- 74 intense pitches -- to take a hard-fought W.
Following Barboursville's game-changing fourth, Farmer settled down in the fifth and sixth, retiring all six batters he faced.
"He was great," Adkins said.
So was his defense.
Martinsburg flashed all kinds of leather on Monday. Its flawless performance included a diving grab in the second inning and a leaping snag in the fifth by second baseman Ashton Staubs as well as an impressive, concentrated gloving by third baseman Isaac Brown in foul territory in the sixth.
And Martinsburg hit, too.
The orange-clad bunch sent 10 runners to the plate in the fifth and received RBIs from Chase DeLauter, Fazon Hunter and Aaron Pierson (two).
"We didn't give it them," Adkins said. "They outplayed us. They hit the ball. ... I told our kids to keep their heads up. We made them earn it."
Chad Heiner was the driving force for Barboursville, collecting two hits, highlighted by a three-run triple in the fourth.
MARTINSBURG 200 240 -- 8 7 0
BARBOURSVILLE 010 500 -- 6 8 2
Farmer and Jackson. Heiner, Perdue (4) and Tilley. W -- Farmer.
Hitting: (M) Brown 3B; DeLauter RBI; Jackson 2B, 2 RBIs; Hunter RBI; Farmer RBI; Pierson 2B, RBI. (B) Heiner 2-3, 3B, 3 RBIs; Kuhn 2-3, 3B; Weekly RBI; Tilley RBI.
HURRICANE 19, SOPHIA 5: Really, this was once a modest, pitcher-friendly game.
Hurricane entered the fourth inning up just 2-1, seeking for any type of breathing room against Sophia starter Nick Lester.
It got it -- in a rush.
Hurricane's version of the Big Red Machine slapped together five runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and eight in the sixth to rout its way to Tuesday's semifinal.
Coach Jeff Davis' bunch will take on Bi-State at 6:05 p.m. Bi-State defeated Bridgeport 9-1 in its quarterfinal clash.
It will get a Hurricane team that's more then made a dent in its aluminum bats this tournament.
In pool play, Hurricane outscored its opponents 26-13 in two games.
That trend continued Monday as the boys from Putnam County slapped it all over the yard -- and even out of the yard.
Austin Dearing's two-run homer to left-center highlighted Hurricane's power surge in the later innings, but there were star performances throughout the lineup.
Braden Adkins was 4-for-5 with a triple, two doubles and four RBIs. Seth Davis was 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Cole Stover was 4-for-5.
HURRICANE 011 548 -- 19 19 5
SOPHIA 001 121 -- 5 7 4
Davis, Muto (2), Dearing (3), Dean (4), Vance (5), Newman (6) and Birthisell. Lester, Wilson (5) and Testerman.
Hitting: (H) Vance 2B, 2 RBIs; Adkins 4-5, 3B, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs; Davis 4-4, 5 RBIs; Muto RBI; Dearing HR, 2 RBIs; Stover 4-5; Nicely RBI. (S) Horton 2-4, 2B, RBI; Wilson RBI; Lawson RBI