TENNERTON — Young third baseman Haiden Tenney posted a strong 4-5 mark at the plate, as the head coach Jason Westfall’s Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School baseball team (7-7) defeated the Elkins Middle School Tigers at home by a final score of 11-3 last Thursday, May 5. Tenney collected singles in the first, second, sixth, and seventh innings, scoring a pair of runs and driving in a team-high four RBIs. In addition to his outstanding performance at the plate, Tenney also led the Bucs with a game-high five stolen bases.
Coach Westfall’s Bucs opened up the evening’s scoring early in the top of the first inning, when Branson Triplett grounded out, freeing up Jerin Westfall to come home, giving B-UMS an early 1-0 lead. After holding Elkins scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Bucs extended their lead by amassing five runs in the top of the second inning. A trio of B-UMS batters fueled the run, as; Westfall, Tenney and Triplett, all sent runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning contributing to Bucs the huge offensive run to extend their lead to 6-0 heading to the bottom of the second.
Over the span of the next two innings, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel as neither team could generate much offense, with both teams going scoreless in the third and fourth innings. With the Bucs up to bat in the top of the fifth, holding a commanding 6-0 lead, Bryar Sandy singled on a line drive to left field, freeing up Aidan Phillips to score, breaking the stalemate. The Bucs would add another score in the inning after Westfall smashed a single up the third baseline, with a Tigers’ error allowing Sandy to score, extending the B-UMS lead to 8-0.
The final two innings of play saw both teams play to a 3-3 tie, however the Tigers run fell well short as coach Westfall’s team’s early offensive explosion put this game out of reach early, picking up the 11-3 victory. Jerin Westfall collected the win manning the mound for the Bucs. The young ace lasted five and a third innings, only allowing two hits and two runs while striking out 16 Tiger batters. Bryar Sandy threw one and two-thirds innings in relief of Westfall out of the bullpen, allowing one run and striking out a pair of Tiger batters in that span.
Offensively, the Bucs saw and hit the ball well today, racking up 11 total hits against Elkins. Tenney, Westfall and Sandy all recorded a multiple hit day to help push their team out to that big lead early. The Bucs were slippery as they navigated the base paths, stealing 12 total bases, often putting them in an advantageous, scoring position.
With the win, Coach Westfall’s Bucs get above the .500 mark on the 2022 campaign. His team and coaching staff will now turn this focus towards a crucial doubleheader at Petersburg Middle School this Saturday, May 14.