Buckhannon Post 7 can’t get offense clicking in 0-3 start to the season

Buckhannon Post 7 first baseman Ryan Snyder (44) has to reach across the bag for a throw to record an out in game two of their doubleheader with Charleston Post 65 Saturday afternoon at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon Post 7 offense had their troubles getting started out of the blocks in their first three games of the season.

Post 7 managed just three hits in each of their first three games – all losses.

They dropped a 10-0 verdict to Garrett County Post 71/214 on Friday night in six innings and then were swept by Charleston Post 65 in a home doubleheader Saturday, losing game one by a 9-2 score and game two by a 10-2 score.

Post 7 came out of the trio of games hitting just .134.

“We talked about the approach at the plate with our hitters going into the weekend,” noted Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “While some of our guys were aggressively looking for early count fastballs, as a whole, we still struggled. We weren’t barreling the ball up and had a lot of balls coming off the handle and just not hitting them flush. When we did make contact, it seemed liked we had line drives that were directly at their defense. We also didn’t react well to the opponent’s off-speed pitching. We didn’t recognize soon enough with two strikes the pitchers were throwing off speed stuff out of the zone.”

In the opener Friday night with Garrett County Post 71/214, Post 7 trailed 5-0 going into the top of the sixth inning where Garrett County scored five runs making it a 10-0 contest. The game was halted after the bottom of the inning on the mercy rule.

Zach Calef-Boring, Hunter Stone and Brady Hurst each had a hit for Post 7.

Post 7 used five pitchers in the contest with Connor Johnson starting the game and going two innings as he suffered the loss.

In Saturday’s opening game, Post 7 was down 2-0 going to the bottom of the first, but Stone put them on the scoreboard with a solo home run over the right center field fence.

Charleston’s Greg Schott hit the first of his two solo home runs in the top of the third making it a 3-1 contest, but Post 7 got that run back in the bottom of the third when Peyton Bennett started the inning with a single, moved all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cam Tenney when it was misplayed, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Calef-Boring.

Post 7 couldn’t get any closer as they were kept off the board the rest of the way.

Charleston scored in each inning after that pulling away from Post 7 with the 9-2 win.

Stone, who also hit a triple to go along with his home run, had two of the three Post 7 hits while Bennett had the other.

Johnson struck out nine batters in 4 1/3 innings on the mound as he got the start but was saddled with the loss giving up five earned runs on nine hits.

Post 7 found themselves down 8-1 after two innings of play in game two and were never able to climb out of that early hole in the 10-2 loss.

Elijah Bryant scored Post 7’s first run in the bottom of the first when he was hit by a pitch and scored on Isaac Lane’s double down the right field line and Lane tallied the second run in the bottom of the fourth when he drew a walk, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Brayden Hamer’s single to right field.

Lane, Hamer and Clint Crites collected Post 7’s three hits.

Josh Nesbitt got the start for Post 7 and went just one inning giving up three earned runs on three hits.

Despite the two losses on Saturday, the Post 7 pitching staff recorded 25 strikeouts, 12 in game one and 13 in game two.

“I thought our pitching overall was pretty good in all three games,” said Boring. “When the offense struggles, it puts extra pressure on our pitchers. I also thought our defense let us down several times in crucial situations that allowed unearned runs to score by extending the innings. We have to find a way to make the routine plays in the field.”

Post 7 made 12 errors in the three games.

Post 7 was slated to return to the diamond Monday hosting Kingwood Post 56’s Junior Legion Team.

They will visit Clarksburg today for a 7 p.m. game with Post 13 and then will stay on the road Wednesday making a trip to Bridgeport for a 7 p.m. outing with Post 68.

“I think we will show progress as our season continues,” concluded Boring. “We are a young team. The boys are learning and are eager to improve but it’s up to them to take what we are giving them and continue to work to improve.”

The boxscores:

Garrett County             021 115 – 10

Buckhannon                   000 000 – 0

E – Garrett County 1, Buckhannon 5. DP – None. LoB – Garrett 7, Buckhannon 4. 2B – Brenneman, Bittinger. 3B – Brenneman. SF – Rhoten, Uphold. SB – Warnick, Hallenbeck, Rhoten, Lebon.

Hitting

Garrett County Post 71/214– Mason Brenneman p-ss, 4 1 3 2; Jamison Warnick 3b, 3 1 0 1; Zach Hallenbeck ss-p, 4 2 2 0; Isaac Bittinger c, 4 1 1 0; Chance Ritchey 1b, 3 1 1 2; Easton Rhoten cf, 3 1 1 2; Aerick Lebon lf, 3 2 2 0; Justin Gallucci rf, 3 0 0 0; Myles Uphole 2b, 2 1 0 1. Totals 29 10 10 9.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Zach Calef-Boring cf-ss, 3 0 1 0; Elijah Bryant lf-p-rf, 2 0 0 0; Ryan Snyder rf-1b, 1 0 0 0; Hunter Stone rf-cf-lf, 3 0 1 0; Isaac Lane ss-p-lf, 3 0 0 0; Brady Hurst 1b-p, 2 0 1 0; Ian Donnen c, 2 0 0 0 0; Brayden Hamer dh-rf-p, 2 0 0 0; Peyton Bennett 3b, 1 0 0 0; Josh Nesbitt 3b, 1 0 0 0; Cam Tenney 2b, 2 0 0 0, Connor Johnson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 22 0 3 0.

Pitching

Garrett County Post 71/214 – Brenneman (W, 1-0): 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts; Hallenback: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Johnson (L, 0-1): 2 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Lane: 1 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts; Bryant: 1/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts; Hamer: 1 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 5 runs, 1 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Hurst: 2/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeouts, 1 wild pitches.

(Game 1)

Charleston                      201 122 1 – 9

Buckhannon                  101 000 0 – 2

E – Charleston 2, Buckhannon 4. DP – None. LoB – Charleston 8, Buckhannon 3. 2B – Krajeski, Smith, Kirkpatrick. 3B – Stone. HR – Schott 2, Stone. Sac. – Tenney, Krajeski. SF – Calef-Boring, Kirsh, Sydenstricker. SB – Tenney, Kirsh, Krajeski, Sydenstricker, Stuck.

Hitting

Charleston Post 65 – Cam Kirsch cf, 4 2 1 1; Grant Krajeski 2b, 4 1 2 0; Andrew Sydenstricker lf, 3 0 1 2; Will Ellis rf, 3 1 0 0; Greg Schott 3b, 4 2 3 3; Garrett Stuck ss, 2 1 1 0; Drew Mehall ss, 1 0 0 0; Grant Smith c, 4 1 2 0; Johnny Kirkpatrick 1b, 4 1 2 1; Aaron Carte dh, 4 0 0 0; Eli Ellis p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 9 12 7.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Zach Calef-Boring cf, 2 0 0 1; Elijah Bryant lf, 3 0 0 0; Hunter Stone rf, 3 1 2 1; Isaac Lane ss, 3 0 0 0; Brady Hurst 1b-p, 3 0 0 0; Ian Donnen c, 2 0 0 0; Brayden Hamer cr, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Snyder dh-1b, 2 0 0 0; Josh Nesbitt ph, 1 0 0 0; Peyton Bennett 3b, 2 1 1 0; Cam Tenney 2b, 1 0 0 0; Connor Johnson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 22 2 3 2.

Pitching

Charleston Post 65 – E. Ellis (W): 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned runs, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Johnson (L, 0-2): 4 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Hurst: 2 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (W. Ellis).

(Game 2)

Charleston                  530 010 1 – 10

Buckhannon                  100 100 0 – 2

E – Charleston 0, Buckhannon 3. DP – Charleston 1. LoB – Charleston 9, Buckhannon 4. 2B – Sydenstricker, Schott, Lane. Sac. – Krajeski. SB – Sydenstricker, Bryant, Crites.

Hitting

Charleston Post 65 – Drew Mehall ss-p, 5 2 2 0; Grant Krajeski 2b, 3 2 0 1; Andrew Sydenstricker lf, 4 2 2 2; Will Ellis cf, 2 1 0 0; Cam Kirsch cf, 2 0 0 0; Greg Schott 3b, 3 1 1 1; Garrett Stuck p-ss 2 1 1 0; Grant Smith c, 3 1 1 0; Eli Ellis cr, 0 0 0 0; Johnny Kirkpatrick 1b, 4 0 1 0; Aaron Carte rf, 4 0 1 0. Totals 32 10 9 4.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Zach Calef-Boring ss, 3 0 0 0; Elijah Bryant rf-lf-p, 2 1 0 0; Hunter Stone cf, 2 0 0 0; Isaac Lane lf-p, 2 1 1 1; Ryan Snyder 1b-rf, 1 0 0 0; Ian Donnen c, 2 0 0 0; Brayden Hamer c-rf-p, 2 0 1 1; Josh Nesbitt p-1b, 3 0 0 0; Cam Tenney 2b, 2 0 0 0; Clint Crites ph, 1 0 1 0; Peyton Bennett 3b, 3 0 0 0. Totals 23 2 3 2.

Pitching

Charleston Post 65 – Stuck (W): 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Bryant); Mehall: 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 hit batsman (Hamer).

Buckhannon Post 7 – Nesbitt (L, 0-1): 1 inning, 3 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Lane: 3 1/3 innings; 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 1 hit batsmen (W. Ellis), 1 balk; Bryant: 1 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Hamer: 1 inning, 0 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

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