MORGANTOWN – The Buckhannon Post 7 Jr. Legion team picked up a huge victory Sunday on the road as they beat Morgantown Post 2 by a 14-2 score.
The nine-inning game was halted after eight innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
It was a measure of event for Post 7 as they lost to Morgantown at home two weeks ago by a 23-11 score.
The win was the second in a row for the squad as they improved their record to 2-6 on the season.
“This win at Morgantown was huge,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “They really handled us earlier in the season. Our team should take a lot of confidence from that. We did a good job in all areas. It was one of those games that you could look at each player at the end and say ‘hey you did this or that to help us win.’ I was happy for the boys that they could put together a complete game especially on that field at Mylan Park. Hopefully, it will help us finish out the season on a positive note.”
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Buckhannon chased across their first run.
Elijah Arbogast drew a one-out walk, advanced on a single by Jay Burnside and scored on a ground out by Jonathan Haddix.
Post 7 exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.
Isaac Lane hit a one-run double and Arbogast hit a sacrifice fly for an RBI while the other two runs were scored on wild pitches in the fourth.
Buckhannon increased their lead to 7-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.
Jonathan Haddix singled to start the inning and later scored on a wild pitch and Lane hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Hunter Stone who had previously singled to account for the scoring.
Morgantown finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with a lone run to make it a 7-1 contest.
Buckhannon matched that run in the top of the sixth when Haddix singled home Evan Coffman to make it an 8-1 game.
Morgantown scored another run in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to 8-2.
Post 7 put Morgantown out of their misery in the top of the eighth with a six-run inning sending 11 batters to the plate.
Arbogast hit a two-run double, Stone hit a one-run single, Lane a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Zach Calef-Boring knocked in two with a single for the scoring in the eighth.
Buckhannon managed 14 hits in the contest with Calef-Boring getting three and Arbogast, Burnside, Haddix, Stone Lane and Brady Hurst two each.
Hurst picked up the win on the mound going five innings and allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out five.
Arbogast pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings allowing one hit while striking out one.
Buckhannon was slated to wrap up their regular season Monday with a home contest against East Fairmont.
They will enter the seven-team Junior Legion State Tournament in Fairmont on Saturday.
The tournament will begin on Friday but Buckhannon’s first game will be Saturday against Romney at 10 a.m. at Mary Lou Retton Park.
JR. LEGION STATE TOURNAMENT
Kingwood vs. Wheeling, 5:30 p.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Morgantown vs. Romey, 6 p.m. (East Fairmont High School)
Fairmont vs. Berkeley County, 8 p.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Buckhannon vs. Romney, 10 a.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Wheeling vs. Berkeley County, 10 a.m. (East Fairmont High School)
Buckhannon vs. Morgantown, 12:30 p.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Kingwood vs. Fairmont, 12:30 p.m. (East Fairmont High School)
Second Seed vs. Seventh Seed, 4 p.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Fourth Seed vs. Fifth Seed, 4 p.m. (East Fairmont High School)
Third Seed vs. Sixth Seed, 6 p.m. (East Fairmont High School)
One Seed vs. Winner of 4/5 game, 10 a.m. (East Fairmont High School)
Winner of 2/7 vs. Winner of 3/6 game, 10 a.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Championship game, 1 p.m. (East Fairmont High School)