SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Barboursville began practicing for the Little League state tournament there was only one destination the team had in mind.
Barboursville has arrived as Griffin Adkins and Peyton Weekley each belted two home runs to carry it past Huntington 12-4 Friday evening in the semifinals and into the title round of the 11-12-year-old event at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.
Mikey Jackson struck out nine in 52/3 innings and Isaac Brown and Aaron Pierson backed him with a homer each to lead Martinsburg to an 8-1 victory over Fairmont in the other semifinal.
Barboursville will face Martinsburg at 10 a.m. today in the championship game. The winner advances to the Southeast Regional Aug. 1-9 at Warner Robins, Ga. (See Page 2B for results and schedule.)
Barboursville lost in last year's title game 11-10 to Shinnston.
"When we first started practicing I pulled the kids together and I said, 'What do we want?''' said Barboursville team manager Dell Adkins. "Immediately they said they wanted the state championship.
"I think a lot of it is we have four kids that came one run short last year of winning the state championship. Those four kids are hungry and the other eight are coming right along with them.''
Barboursville took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first Friday to take the lead for good and never looked back. Barboursville finished with 15 hits, including five round-trippers.
J.J. Mercer went 2 for 4 for Huntington.
Fairmont also took the early lead in the top of the first (1-0) then Martinsburg hammered out eight runs in the first and second innings combined to take control.
"Somebody steps up each night,'' said Martinsburg team manager Eddie Zombro. "Tonight, Michael Jackson gave us a good 85 pitches. You can't ask for any more than that. I still think we haven't played as well as I know we can. Starting to see signs.''