TENNERTON – The Buckhannon Post 7 Junior Legion team found the most peculiar way to win a ball game here Monday evening against East Fairmont at William E. Philipps Memorial Field.
For five innings, Post 7 had been shutout with just two hits against East Fairmont, then the sixth inning happened.
Buckhannon’s offense woke up as they scored 10 runs after sending 14 batters to the plate as they defeated East Fairmont by a 10-3 score.
Fairmont scored all three of their runs in the top of the first capitalizing on four walks and one hit.
That all changed in the sixth inning.
Zach Calef-Boring started the inning with single, went to second on an error and scored on a single by Cam Tenney.
Evan Coffman and Hunter Stone each singled and Arbogast reached on a fielder’s choice to keep the inning going.
Jay Burnside and Brady Hurst each received bases loaded walks and Zach White was hit by a pitch that scored a run to make it a 5-3 contest.
Jonathan Haddix was hit by a pitch to make it a 6-3 game and then Calef-Boring hit a two-run double to up the lead to 8-3.
Tenney reached on an error for the ninth run and Stone reached on another error to wrap up the scoring in the inning.
Hurst, who came in to pitch in the sixth inning, walked a batter in the top of the seventh but struck out the final two batters to preserve the win.
He earned the win tossing two scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and striking out three.
Arbogast pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Post 7 allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out eight.
Buckhannon had seven hits in the contest with Calef-Boring and Tenney each getting two apiece.
Arbogast, Coffman and Stone each had one hit.
Buckhannon ended their regular season with a 3-6 record after starting the season with six straight losses.
The Junior Legion team will begin play in the Jr. Legion State Tournament in Fairmont on Saturday.
They will face Romney at 10 a.m. and then Morgantown at 12:30 in pool play.
Elimination rounds will take place later in the day with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at East Fairmont High School.
Joining Buckhannon, Romney and Morgantown in the state tournament will be Kingwood, Wheeling, Berkeley County and host Fairmont.
Kingwood vs. Wheeling, 5:30 p.m. (Mary Lou Retton Park)
Morgantown vs. Romney, 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)