Buckhannon Legion Post #7 sweeps doubleheader against Wellsburg Legion Post #34

Post #7 players gather on the mound. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The first match-up Saturday’s doubleheader took place in Tennerton and the Post #7 Legionnaires wasted no time building a comfortable 5-0 lead after just the first inning of play, despite only managing a single hit. Post #7’s first-inning push was sparked by a bevy of mistakes by their opponent, who shot themselves in the foot with two walks, two errors, a hit batsman, three wild pitches and two passed balls in the early stages of game one. The boys of Post #7 consistently are taking advantage of Post #34’s errors all game long, riding their first-inning lead out for the remainder of game one; surviving a scare in the top of the second-inning as Wellsburg mounted a mini three run spurt in the top of the second to cut Post #7’e led to just, 5-3. However, the boys of Buckhannon Post #7 maintained control of the lead after responding with four runs in bottom half of the second inning. 

While, neither team had any trouble scoring runs in game one, combining for 20 runs, Buckhannon Post #7 was able to keep the Wellsburg Post #34 team at arm’s length and take the win in a rather high-scoring affair by a final score of 13-7. Brady Hurst got the starting nod in game one for Post #7, picking up the win after striking out three batters, while allowing three runs and nine hits over the span of five innings. Josh Nesbitt was substituted in to pitch the last two innings in relief of Hurst, allowing just one bit and two runs for the remainder of the game. 

In game two, Buckhannon Post #7 found themselves as the away team and saw the game script completely flip from that of game one of the doubleheaders in Tennerton. While Post #7’s coaches Danny Marple and Kevin Boring’s squad’s win in game one with Wellsburg’s Post #34 team was a high-scoring affair, game two was an absolute pitcher’s duel, with neither team being able to get their offense going. Wellsburg got out to a 1-0 lead over Buckhannon Post #7 until the top of the sixth inning when Buckhannon finally found an answer in the form of two runs, taking control of the lead. The boys of Post #7 added one more parting shot for good measure, in the top of the seventh inning to give us the final 3-1 tally as Buckhannon was able to come away with a game two victory. Pitcher Tucker Burr tossed a masterpiece of a complete game made up for the quiet offensive outing for Post #7. Burr struck out five batters, while allowing just one run on four total hits. 

The pair of wins over Wellsburg Post #34 brings #Post 7 back to even so far this Summer, with an 8-8 overall record.


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