Bailey pitches Post 7 past Weston in Area V Tournament opener

Logan Bailey (4) of Buckhannon Post 7 safely steals second base during the fifth inning of their contest with Weston Post 4 in the Area V Tournament opener Wednesday evening at Elkins. At the plate, Bailey had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run. On the mound he pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings to help Post 7 to a 10-0 victory in a game called on the 10-run mercy rule. Bailey improved his pitching record to 3-1.

ELKINS – Logan Bailey twirled 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, collected two hits and knocked in a run to lead Buckhannon Post 7 to a convincing 10-0 victory over Weston Post 4 in the opening game of the Area V Double-Elimination Tournament held at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

The game was called in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

Bailey improved his record to 3-1 as he allowed just four hits while striking out seven.

He was lifted in the top of the sixth inning based on the maximum of a 105-pitch count in tournament play.

Ryan Smith pitched the final 2/3 innings of the game, keeping the shutout intact.

Buckhannon improved to 11-12 on the season with the victory.

“Logan does a nice job for us on the mound,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “He pitched some for us early in the season, but we gave him a break in the middle part to help his arm. He did a fantastic job for us against Weston. I am really tickled for him.”

In the game, Buckhannon managed seven hits but also took advantage of five hit batsman and seven walks.

“That’s baseball I guess,” said Boring. “You have to use the base runners and manufacture runs when you can.”

Alek Seech put Post 7 on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first when he was hit by a pitch, went second when Nick Calef-Boring was hit by a pitch and scored all the way from second on a Weston error.

Buckhannon held on to their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate scoring five runs.

With one out, Wesley Rosencrance was hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third when Hunter Stone’s fielder’s choice was thrown away on an error.

Bailey loaded the bases with a walk and Seech sent a single back up the middle scoring Rosencrance making it a 2-0 contest.

Calef-Boring was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded bringing home Stone, and after a pop-up for the second out, Zach White was hit with another pitch with the bases loaded sending Bailey home.

Ryan Smith hit a gap shot to left center field that brought home Seech and Calef-Boring making it a 6-0 contest.

Post 7 added three more in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Stone hit a one-out double and Bailey followed with a single to center moving Stone to third.

Stone scored on a double steal as Bailey took second lifting the Post 7 lead to 7-0.

Seech drew a walk and both Bailey and Seech moved up 90 feet on a ground out.

Weston chose to intentionally walk Trey Leigh loading the bases and a wild pitch allowed Bailey to score and move Seech to third and Leigh to second.

A throwing error on a ball hit by Smith let Seech cross home plate as Post 7 increased their lead to 9-0.

Buckhannon ended the game on the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth.

Rosencrance drew a lead-off walk and Stone moved him to third with a single to right field.

Bailey ended the game with a shot to left field scoring Rosencrance.

Stone paced Buckhannon’s seven-hit attack with three hits while Bailey had two.

“Stone had a couple of nice hits in the gaps for us to get the offense going,” stated Boring. “He also had a nice catch in the first inning which set the tone of the game for us.”

In the other first round game, Elkins Post 29 defeated Summersville Post 131 by a 12-0 score in five innings.

Weston and Summersville were scheduled to play in an elimination game Thursday, while Buckhannon and Elkins were set to follow in the winner’s bracket game.

The loser of the Buckhannon-Elkins game will face the winner of the Weston-Summersville game today at 5 p.m. in an elimination contest.

The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today.

If a second game is necessary to determine the champion of the tournament, it will be played Saturday at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

Weston                                000 000 – 0

Buckhannon                   100 521 – 10

E – Weston 3, Buckhannon 1. DP – None. LoB – Weston 8, Buckhannon 12. 2B – Stone. SB – Freeman, Moneypenny, Bailey, Stone.

Hitting

Weston Post 4 – Chase Freeman ss, 3 0 1 0; Levi Fox c, 2 0 1 0; Cole Barker 3b, 3 0 1 0; Leo White cf, 3 0 1 0; Collin Moneypenny rf-2b, 2 0 0 0; Kole Bozic 2b, 2 0 0 0; Riley Conrad rf, 1 0 0 0; Luke White 1b, 3 0 0 0; Jacob Aman lf-p, 2 0 0 0; Connor Johnson p-lf, 2 0 0 0; Drew Kuhn lf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 0 4 0.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey p-cf, 4 2 2 1; Alek Seech ss, 2 3 1 1; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 2 1 0 1; Trey Leigh c, 2 0 0 0; Zach White lf, 1 0 0 1; Ryan Smith 3b-p, 4 0 1 2; Jay Burnside 2b-3b, 4 0 0 0; Wesley Rosencrance rf, 2 2 0 0; Hunter Stone cf-2b, 4 2 3 0. Totals 25 10 7 6.

Pitching

Weston Post 4 – Johnson (L): 3 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 5 hit batsmen (Calef-Boring 2, Seech, White, Rosencrance); Aman: 1 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Bailey (W, 3-1): 5 1/3, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts; Smith: 2/3 of an inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

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