BARBOURSVILLE - A week after hosting a regional soccer tournament the Village of Barboursville hosted eight teams from across the state for the 8-10-year-old West Virginia Little League Tournament at Barboursville Park.
As the host, District 1 sent the champion Barboursville and its runner-up Milton to join Bridgeport, Hurricane, Jefferson, Summersville, Shady Spring and Madison to the double-elimination tournament.
The winner is scheduled to be crowned Tuesday and will represent the state in the Tournament of Champions July 19-24 in Greenville, North Carolina.
Barboursville 19, Summersville 4: Barboursville earned a win over Summersville in a contest that took more than three hours to complete. Strategically using his pitchers to last him through the tournament, Barboursville coach Walter Goad sent six hurlers to the mound, including three who had not pitched all season.
"I've still got two aces who are available and we have faith in our boys," Goad said.
The inexperience and youth of Barboursville's pitchers showed in the final line score. Barboursville walked 13 batters, but struck out nine and allowed three hits.
In the end, Barboursville had its offense working to bail out its pitchers. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the third inning, Luke Harbert came off the bench to get a three-run single that broke the game open. The hosts added two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-1 lead.
Then Summersville rallied for three runs in the fifth to cut the lead in half heading into the final inning.
Harbert struck again with a two-run single as part of an 11-run sixth. Harbert finished 2 for 3 with two singles and five runs batted in. Cleanup hitter Jacob Courts had two sacrifices and a run-scoring double to give him three RBI while Brayden McDowell, Hunter Workman and Tucker Adkins each had multi-hit games.
"Harbert has been hitting well in practice and made it 4-1 with a single to left," Goad said.
Barboursville advanced to play Madison, an 8-1 winner over Shady Spring, in a 3 p.m. game on Saturday.
n Jefferson 20, Milton 4
Things looked promising for Milton early in its first-round contest with Jefferson.
Evan Yeager started Milton with a single in the first inning, one of four it would pick up in that frame, and scored twice for the early lead. Jefferson answered with six runs in the first inning, plated four more in the second and then completed the three-inning victory with 10 runs in the third to advance in the winner's bracket.
Liam Sager went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead his team which got 15 hits against Milton's pitchers.
An RBI single by Mason Wooten helped Milton temporarily close the gap in the second inning while an RBI single by Yeager in the third gave Milton its final two runs.
Yeager finished 2 for 3 and Wooten 2-for-2 as Milton finished with seven hits.
BARBOURSVILLE 103 2211 - 19 13 1
SUMMERSVILLE 010 030 - 4 3 4
WP - McDowell.
MILTON 211 - 4 6 4
JEFFERSON 6410 - 20 16 2
WP - Teagan.