HAMBLETON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Baseball Team (2-1) hit the road for a contest against Tucker Valley Middle School this past Thursday, March 24.
The Little Buccaneers dug themselves an early hole that they could not seem to get out of, eventually culminating in the 6-4 loss.
Tucker Valley Middle School got the scoring started after two runners came home following a Little Bucs fielding error in the first inning. The Wildcats scored again on a groundout by Eli Nestor in the second inning.
Pitcher Xander Lambert took the win for the Tucker Valley Wildcats. Lambert surrendered three runs on five hits over five and a third innings pitched, while striking out nine Little Buccaneer batters. Nate Ricotilli was brought in from the Wildcats’ bullpen to relieve Lambert, pitching one and two-thirds innings to close out the win.
Pitcher Parker White started on the mound for the Little Bucs. White was solid, toeing the rubber for Head Coach Jason Westfall, lasting a total of four and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and five runs, while striking out five Wildcat batters and only walking one.
The powerful bat of Jerin Westfall was the most impactful offensive weapon for the Little Bucs against Tucker Valley. Westfall went 2-for-4 at the plate, leading the team in hits. A promising sign for the Little Bucs, despite the loss, was how skillfully and consistently they were able to steal bases, racking up 11 stolen bases, as Westfall and Bryar Sandy each stole 3 bases apiece.
The loss drops the B-UMS Baseball Team to 2-2 on the young 2022 season. The Little Bucs struggled defensively, with early fielding errors proving to be the difference between these two evenly matched squads. Coach Westfall and his team will look to rectify those errors and rebound from this close loss in their next game as they travel to Tygart Valley Middle School on Friday, April 1.