Eli Hott

CLARKSBURG — The start of the 2019 American Legion season has already surpassed the start in 2018 as Romney Post 91 picked up their first victory of the summer with a 12-4 victory over Clarksburg Post 13.

It took seven games last year before Romney etched a mark in the win category so Coach Josh Crawford is feeling good with where the team is at after the first week of play.

Crawford talked about some of the keys to victory over Clarksburg in game one of the double header.

“We had some timely hits. It seemed like every time we had a runner in scoring position we would get a base hit which obviously if you do that enough times you are going to score a lot of runs.”

Trojan all-star Tristan Everett led the way at the plate going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs while his Hampshire buddy Eli Hott collected 2 hits, 2 RBI, and 2 runs.

Frankfort alum Foster Conis picked up the victory on the mound going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and striking out 10 batters.

“Foster came out and really pitched well for us,” said Crawford.

Keyser southpaw Ryan Shoemaker threw 2 innings in relief out of the bullpen to lock up the win for Romney.

Also contributing to Post 91’s victory from Hampshire included Collin Sulser, Tra Bryson, Alex Hott, and Dustin Hott who all finished the game with 1 hit each.

In total Romney had 13 hits against Clarksburg in the first game.

“We pitched really well and we swung the bat well which was key to victory,” explained Crawford.

In game two of the doubleheader Romney held a 9-7 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning, however, Clarksburg managed to put together a rally scoring 5 runs which was enough to claim victory 12-9.

“We need to work some things out defensively, because we had too many defensive miscues, but we will work that out and that will come in time after a few weeks,” commented Crawford.

Tristan Everett suffered the loss for Post 91 on the mound going 2 innings, allowing 5 hits and 6 runs while striking out 1.

Collin Sulser started the game for Romney allowing 9 hits and 6 runs over 4 innings, and striking out 3.

In total Post 91 collected 10 hits. Keyser’s Morgan Little went 2-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI, while Dustin Hott and Eli Hott both went 2-for-4. Ryan Shoemaker, Collin Sulser, Foster Conis, and Alex Hott each contributed 1 hit.

“I thought for the most part the pitchers threw well in both games,” said Crawford.

“Going forward the defense is the biggest thing we have to fix right now, which we will fix.”

Post 91 headed to Winchester last night and the results from that game will be covered in next week’s edition of sports. However if you want to know the final scores of any Post 91 games immediately, simply follow Nick Carroll on Twitter ( @NickCarroll_ ).

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