TENNERTON – For the first time in nearly two years, Buckhannon Post 7 will take to the diamond Monday when they open their baseball season hosting Preston Post 56 at 7 p.m.
Post 7 lost their season last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring.
For Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring, he is excited his team can return to action.
“It means a great deal for us to be able play again and it means a lot to a lot of different people out there,” stated Boring. “For our kids, they now have the chance to play 30 more baseball games which is huge for their development and we have four kids that this may be the last time they play baseball, which helps extend their careers a little bit. For our veteran and legionnaire community, for those folks to miss a year of baseball was tough. They are real excited to get back into it this year and hopefully our community is ready to support us again as we hope we can put a good product on the field for them to come and watch.”
When Post 7 last took the field, they finished 2019 with a 12-14 record but since that last game the roster has almost been totally rolled over with the year off last season.
The Post 7 roster will show 17 players this year with most of them coming from the Buckhannon-Upshur high school varsity and junior varsity baseball programs.
They have one player outside the county, former Weston Post 4 and current Glenville State rising sophomore left-handed pitcher Connor Johnson.
With a full roster at his disposal, Boring is hopeful that the team’s depth and versatility will lead to players not getting comfortable in their spots.
“We are trying to put multiple kids at multiple positions to see where they can be the most comfortable and become an asset to our program,” stated Boring. “Whenever a player is getting the most reps at a position, he is going to need to work hard to keep that first spot because the guys behind him are going to be working hard to get that spot. When we can get everyone playing hard and making each other better, that is the difference between winning and losing. We need to have the entire team ready to have that winning mentality.”
Boring said he expects the seniors from the high school team on the Post 7 roster, Jay Burnside, Brady Hurst and Zach White, to lead the team but he working with the rising seniors to help step up and provide leadership.
“Kids that will be seniors on the high school team next year, players like Isaac Lane and Cam Tenney, will be very important to our success,” commented Boring.
Boring will also inherit one of the best hitters from the high school season in his son Zach Calef-Boring who earned Big 10 All-Conference First Team honors after hitting .558 during his sophomore campaign.
“We have a great deal of talented younger players as well,” noted Boring.”
Boring said one of the strengths of the squad this summer will be their team speed.
“We have four or five guys that have very good quickness that will be at the top of our line-up,” stated Boring. “We will have some of those guys at the bottom of the line-up as well so when the line-up turns over, our number nine guy will be like having a lead-off batter in that spot.”
Boring will have a number of arms available to him with over half the roster having the ability to step on the mound and throw strikes.
Boring expects Johnson and Lane to be at the front of his pitching staff.
“I think Connor is going to be a big help to us,” said Boring. “He is a wonderful addition to our team. Lane is an outstanding pitcher with a huge upside. He has a chance to play at the next level.”
Buckhannon will again be in Area V this year with Elkins Post 29 and newcomer Tygarts Valley. Weston, Braxton County and Summersville will not field teams this year.
“I think it puts us in a good position,” remarked Boring. “We want to win the Area V title, that is always our goal. I think the Elkins team is going to be made up of a lot of Philip Barbour kids, so they are going to be very good. Tygarts Valley usually has some good players as well, so by no means is it going to be an automatic type of thing for us. We are going to have to come out and play hard in our Area V games.”
Assisting Boring this year is Danny Marple, Tim Bryant, Tommy Hamer, Casey Hamner and Jacob Atkins.
Post 7 currently has a 24-game schedule which will be played over a five-week period not including the Area V Tournament, but as the team still maneuvers through a pandemic, the schedule is subject to change.
“That was done on purpose to play as many games as possible since they didn’t have a season last year,” noted Boring. “Playing that many games also allows for the development of our players. Everybody should have the opportunity to see game action and help our team as long as their attitudes are positive and they keep working to get better each day. That’s our big picture goal.”
Boring said his team is ready to get the season started, which will begin Monday hosting Preston.
“The attitudes of the kids have been good and they have been receptive to what we are trying to do,” concluded Boring. “We had a long talk the first day of practice on what the expectations are and what we want them to accomplish and they seem to have bought into it.”
BUCKHANNON POST 7 ROSTER
Peyton Bennett – Third Base, Outfielder
Elijah Bryant – Outfielder, Pitcher
Jay Burnside – Third Base, Pitcher
Clint Crites – Third Base, First Base, Pitcher
Zach Calef-Boring – Outfielder, Shortstop, Pitcher
Nate Cerullo – Second Base, Outfielder Pitcher
Ian Donnen – Catcher, Outfielder
Brayden Hamer – Catcher, Outfielder, Pitcher
Brady Hurst – First Base, Pitcher
Connor Johnson – Pitcher
Isaac Lane – Third Base, Shortstop, Pitcher
Landon Marple – Outfielder, Shortstop, Pitcher
Josh Nesbitt – Third Base, Pitcher
Ryan Snyder – First Base, Pitcher
Hunter Stone – Second Base, Outfielder
Cam Tenney – Second Base, Pitcher
Zach White – Outfielder, Catcher, Pitcher
BUCKHANNON POST 7 SCHEDULE
Monday, June 21—Preston Post 56, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 25 – Garrett County (MD), 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 26 – Charleston Post 20 (DH), 1 p.m.
Monday, June 28 – Preston Post 56 (Junior Legion), 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 29 – at Clarksburg Post 13, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 30 – at Bridgeport Post 68, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 2 – at South Charleston, TBA
Tuesday, July 6 – Shinnston Post 31, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 8 – Bridgeport Post 68, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 9 – Elkins Post 29, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 10 – at Charleston Post 20 (DH), 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 11 – at Preston Post 56 (Junior Legion), TBA
Sunday, July 11 – at Preston Post 56, TBA
Monday, July 12 -- South Charleston Post 94, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13 – Clarksburg Post 13 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 14 – at Elkins Post 29, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 – at Shinnston Post 31, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 16 – at Garrett County, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 17 – Tygarts Valley (DH), 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 18 – at Berkeley County Post 14 (DH), 1 p.m.
July 19-24 – Area V Tournament, TBA
(Schedule subject to change)