TENNERTON – With a week off to celebrate the Fourth of July, Buckhannon Post 7 is ready to return to the diamond today when they visit Bridgeport at 7 p.m.
Post 7 entered their break with a 7-8 record overall and a 4-2 Area V record.
With the first part of the season being one of ups and downs for Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring, he is looking for some consistency from his baseball team during the final stretch of the season.
“I think the key to the remainder of the season is and will be consistency,” stated Boring. “We need to find a level of consistency and bring that to the diamond each night. Offensively, we have just three players hitting above .300. We have five players hitting under. 200. We need the bottom half of the line-up to get on base in order to turn the line-up over. That was a key to our success last season.”
Logan Bailey is leading the team at the plate with a .400 average while Nick Calef-Boring is batting .375 and Trey Leigh is chipping in with a .345 average.
The Post 7 offense averages just under five runs per game but have been held to three runs or less in eight of their 15 games.
Post 7 averages 6.7 runs per each win but only two runs a game in their losses.
Bailey and Calef-Boring lead the team in RBIs with eight each.
Bailey also leads the team in runs scored with 10 while Alek Seech had scored nine times.
Boring would also like to see his team become more disciplined at the plate the final month of the season.
“As a team, we have struck out 20 more times than we have walked,” noted Boring. “We need to be more disciplined in our hitting approach from top to bottom. This is nothing new for us. We have preached this all season as well as the Buckhannon-Upshur coaching staff when they had the players.”
Boring has been encouraged by his pitching staff this season thus far with a respectable team earned-run-average of 4.29.
In two appearances (one start and one relief appearance) Elijah Arbogast is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00.
Ryan Smith is also 1-0 with an ERA of 1.13 in three total appearances (one start) while Bailey is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.15, Casey Hamner is 0-1 with one save with a 3.22 ERA and Taylor Whitehair is 0-2 with a save and a 3.50 ERA.
Hamner and Whitehair each have five appearances while Hamner leads the team in strikeouts with 13 while Bailey has 11.
“Our success the reminder of the season as far as pitching goes will depend on pitchers like Arbogast, Brady Hurst and Wes Rosencrance,” stated Boring. “We need consistency to add depth to our pitching staff.”
Buckhannon entered the break winners of four of their last five games but suffered a damaging Area V loss to Elkins last Tuesday.
The winner of Area V will get to host the post-season tournament and the loss to Elkins dropped them ½ game behind Post 29 who has a 4-1 record.
Buckhannon still has Area V games remaining with Summersville and Weston, both on the road.
Elkins still has to face Weston twice and Summersville once at home.
Buckhannon defeated Elkins 3-1 on June 18 and has home wins over Weston (8-6) and Summersville (9-0). They split their series with Braxton County, winning a 5-2 game there but dropping a 5-2 decision at home.
Following their game with Bridgeport today they will entertain Preston Tuesday at home at 6:30 p.m.
The Area V Tournament is slated to get underway July 22.