Buckhannon Post 7 gets sweep over Summersville

Jonathan Haddix (14) of Buckhannon Post 7 slides into second base after a steal while Summersville second baseman Zach Carpenter looks on during the second game of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at William E. Phillips Memorial Field. Post 7 took both games, winning game one 9-0 and game two, 12-2.

Hikes winning streak to four as pitching staff gets first shutout of the year

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon Post 7 Legionaries ran their winning streak to four games with two well-played contests against Summersville Post 131 Saturday afternoon at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Elijah Arbogast and Taylor Whitehair, Buckhannon posted their first shutout of the year in a full game in game one by a 9-0 score.

Game two saw Brady Hurst turn in a strong performance on the mound as Buckhannon won a 12-2 decision in a game called in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

Buckhannon is now 7-7 overall and 4-1 in Area V. Only the first game with Summersville was an Area V contest.

“I feel like when we have all our guys in attendance we are a pretty darn good team,” stated Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “Sometimes though, as a manager, you have to plan one or two games down the schedule, especially when we are trying to win our area and you have players in and out for various reasons.”

Game one was scoreless until Buckhannon put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Elijah Arbogast hit a one-out single and Zach White followed with another single.

Both runners came home on a two-run double by Logan Bailey.

Buckhannon put the game away with a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning sending 11 batters to plate.

Post 7 only had three hits in the inning but took advantage of three walks, three wild pitches, a hit batsman and a Summersville error.

Taylor Whitehair had one-run double, Alek Seech hit a one-run single and Nick Calef-Boring hit a two-run single in the inning which gave Buckhannon their 9-0 lead.

Buckhannon outhit Summersville by an 8-3 margin.

Arbogast had the only multi-hit game with two hits.

Arbogast (1-0) went 5 1/3 innings in the start for Post 7 and gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Whitehair pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings allowing just one walk while striking out two.

“That was a big time pitching performance from Elijah in the first game which was an Area V game,” remarked Boring. “Elijah has been improving all season and that was his most consistent outing. Summersville is a team that has players on it from multiple schools down in the south so they are not a push-over team. Elijah was very efficient and Taylor closed it out. It was a very close game through 4 ½ innings so it was good to get the Area win.”

Summersville scored a run in the top of the first but their lead was short-lived as Buckhannon scored four times in the bottom of the first in game two.

Bailey started the inning with a triple and scored on Seech’s single.

Seech swiped second and raced home on Calef-Boring’s single.

Whitehair blasted a triple which scored Calef-Boring and he came home on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Smith to make it a 4-1 game

Buckhannon wasn’t done scoring as they chased across five runs in the bottom of the second.

Bailey hit a two-run double, Trey Leigh cracked a one-run single, Whitehair collected a RBI on a ground out and Smith hit a one-run single to account for the scoring.

That treated Post 7 to a 9-1 advantage.

Bailey continued his solid day at the plate with a one-run single in the bottom of the third that scored Hurst making it a 10-1 contest.

Summersville scored a run in the top of the fifth when Nate Hanshew hit a one-run double to make it a 10-2 game.

Buckhannon ended the game on the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth when Bailey and Seech both scored from third and second respectively on an errant pick-off throw.

Bailey was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with three RBI’s to lead Buckhannon’s 10-hit attack.

Smith added two hits and two RBIs.

Hurst went four strong innings allowing just one earned run on two hits while fanning three.

Seech pitched a scoreless fifth inning allowing one hit while striking out two.

Buckhannon was slated to face Elkins Tuesday night before heading into their July 4th break.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Summersville               000 000 0 – 0

Buckhannon                000 027 x – 9

E – Summersville 1, Buckhannon 0. DP – None. LoB – Summersville 4, Buckhannon 4. 2B – Bailey, Whitehair. SB – Hanshew, Boggs.

Hitting

Summersville Post 131 – Colton Farrell lf, 3 0 2 0; Nate Hanshew p, 2 0 1 0; Jess Kuhl 3b, 3 0 0 0; Bradie Vance cf, 3 0 0 0; Cy Persinger 1b, 3 0 0 0; Hunter Lester ss, 3 0 0 0; Bo Persinger c, 1 0 0 0; Chase Boggs cr, 0 0 0 0; Zach Carpenter 2b, 3 0 0 0; Dakota Bess rf, 1 0 0 0; Evan McDade cr-p, 1 0 0 0. Totals 23 0 3 0.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey cf, 4 1 1 2; Hunter Stone lf, 1 1 0 0; Alek Seech 2b, 4 1 1 1; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 4 0 1 2; Zach Calef-Boring pr, 0 0 0 0; Trey Leigh 3 0 1 0; Borgy Tenney cr, 0 1 0 0 ; Tyler Whitehair ss-p, 3 1 1 1; Ryan Smith 3b, 2 1 0 0; Elijah Arbogast p-ss, 2 2 2 0; Zach White rf, 2 1 1 0. Totals 25 9 8 6.

Pitching

Summersville Post 131 – Hanshew (L): 5 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 9 runs, 4 earned runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout, 3 wild pitches, 1 hit batsman (Leigh); McDade: 2/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Arbogast (W): 5 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts; Whitehair: 1 2/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.

(Game 2)

Summersville                    100 01 – 2

Buckhannon                     451 02 – 12

E – Summersville 2, Buckhannon 0. DP – Buckhannon 1. LoB – Summersville 4, Buckhannon 5. 2B – Hanshew, Bailey. 3B – Bailey, Whitehair. SB – Farrell, Seech, Haddix. SF – Smith.

Hitting

Summersville Post 131 – Colton Farell lf-p, 3 1 0 0; Nate Hanshew ss, 3 0 1 1; Jess Kuhl 3b, 3 0 0 0; Bradie Vance cf, 2 0 1 1; Cy Persinger 1b, 2 0 1 0; Hunter Lester c, 1 0 0 0; Evan McDade  rf, 2 0 0 0; Zach Carpenter 2b, 0 0 0 0; Bo Persinger ph, 0 1 0 0; Dakota Bess p, 1 0 0 0; Chase Boggs p, 1 0 0 0. Totals 18 2 3 2.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey cf, 4 3 4 3; Alek Seech 2b, 3 2 1 1; Nick Calef-Boring 1 2 1 0; Wesley Rosencrance rf, 1 0 0 0; Borgy Tenney rf, 0 0 0 0; Trey Leigh 3b, 3 1 1 1; Isaac Lane 3b, 0 0 0 0; Taylor Whitehair ss, 3 1 1 2; Ryan Smith 1b, 2 0 2 2; Jonathan Haddix c, 2 0 0 0; Brady Hurst p, 0 0 0 0; Zach Calef-Boring  ph, 1 2 0 0; Hunter Stone lf, 0 1 0 0; Zach White lf, 2 0 0 0. Totals 22 12 10 10.

Pitching

Summersville Post 131 – Bess (L): 3 innings, 8 hits, 10 runs, 9 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 1 hit batsman (N. Calef-Boring); Boggs: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Farrell: pitched to two batters, 1 hit, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Hurst (W): 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Carpenter); Seech: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.

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