TENNERTON — Head Coach Adam Squires’ Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buccaneers Baseball Team (3-6) welcomed their Route 33 opponent, the Philip Barbour Colts, to the home field this past Monday, April 11.
The Bucs allowed 6 first inning runs, as the game got away from them in the early going. Philip Barbour scored on a double by Cody Cooper, a double by Jesiah Matlick, a single by Jayden Herron, a single by Miles Hutzler and finally a single by Nick Gonzales to cap off the top first inning’s offensive fireworks.
The Bucs, reeling from the Colts impressive start to the game, struggled to find an answer offensively until finally breaking the scoring seal with 2 runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Colt lead to 7-2 heading into the fourth inning. The Bucs finally got on the board when Cameron Tenney hit a line drive double to left field, allowing Elijah Bryant to score. The very next at-bat Issac Lane made contact, freeing up Zach-Calef Boring to come home.
With those two scores in the bottom of the third, the Bucs entered the top of the fourth win new life. Phillip Barbour ended all hopes for a B-U comeback, scoring 3 runs in the top of the fourth, before adding another run in the sixth and finally two more in the seventh and final inning to close out the win over the Bucs. The Colts held the Bucs to just to more runs all game, the first coming off the Buccaneers’ highlight of an otherwise rough day, as Ian Donnen blasted a homer to left field. Josh Nesbitt then grounded out, but not before driving Blake Runyon to score.
Clint Crites got the starting nod for the first game of a busy week for the Buckhannon-Upshur baseball team. Crites pitched one and one-third innings, while allowing six hits and six runs. Crites did show great control, peppering the strike zone with pitched, not allowing a single walk in his time on the mound.
Offensively, the Bucs struggled to find consistency from the plate. Zach Calef-Boring led Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers Varsity with three hits in four at bats and Lane hit a homer, but otherwise it was a quiet night for the usually deadly Buccaneer bats.
With four more games this week against, Bridgeport, Liberty, Lewis Huntington and George Washington; the Bucs have plenty of opportunities to rebound from an off-day against the Colts.