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Nationals one game from state Babe Ruth title

From Staff Reports

The Harrison County Nationals moved one game away from the 14-year-old State Babe Ruth title.

The Nationals face the winner of the Beckley-Huntington Western game tonight at 6 p.m. for the championship.

The Nationals opened play Saturday with a 4-3 win over Putnam County. Chapin Martin drove in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Billy Milnes pitched a complete game for the win. Milnes scattered five hits and struck out 10. Andrew Folio doubled and drove in two runs, while teammate Ben Francis added a double.

On Sunday, the Nationals defeated Lewis County 14-1 in a game shortened to six innings. Matt Barberio had three hits, including a double, while Milnes and Andy Isner each followed with two hits. Andrew Shreves got the win, allowing just four hits while striking out four. He also had a double.

Monday, Shreves went 4-for-4 with a two doubles to lead the Nationals to a 15-2 win over Huntington Western. Martin doubled and got the win, allowing three hits in five innings. Andrew Spatafore and Folio each added two hits for the Nationals. Milnes tripled and Chris Boram doubled for the Nationals.

With a win tonight, the Nationals would become the third Harrison County Babe Ruth team to capture a state title this season. The Americans won the 13-year-old state championship, while both the Americans and the Nationals will be represented in the 15-year-old Ohio Valley Regional. The Harrison County Americans 15-year-old team earned an automatic berth, while the Nationals won the state title in Elkins.

Little League

NITRO -- Bridgeport Little League 9- & 10-year-old all-stars remained alive in the state tournament on Monday.

Bridgeport was to play St. Albans at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bridgeport claimed a 10-0 victory over Champmanville in the loser's bracket on Monday after falling to Barboursville, 8-2, on Sunday.

Derek Gilbert pitched a two-hitter and struck out eight.

Bridgeport put the game away in the bottom of the fifth inning. It scored seven runs on six hits to end the contest by the 10-run mercy rule.

Gilbert, Sean Snider, Brandon Cumpston and Michael Visman each had two hits for Bridgeport.

On Saturday, Bridgeport won its opening round game over Clay County, 26-2.

Snider and Visman combined to toss a four-inning, no-hitter for Bridgeport. Snider also had three RBIs, while Visman was 3-for-5 with a three-run home run.

Gilbert was 3-for-3 with two doubles, while Cumpston went 3-for-5 with a double. Casey Spagnuolo was 2-for-3. Michael Workman, Trey McCutcheon and Nathan Reed each had a double.

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