Buckhannon Post 7 wins opener over Braxton by a 5-2 score


GLENVILLE – The Buckhannon Post 7 Legionnaires opened their 2019 season in fine style with a 5-2 victory over the homestanding Braxton Post 33 Legionnaires Tuesday at Glenville State College.

Three Buckhannon pitchers limited Braxton to just six hits and the offense capitalized on four Braxton errors and eight walks for the season-opening win.

“It’s definitely good to get off on the winning side,” remarked Post 7 manager Kevin Boring. “I was pleased with our overall focus but there are definitely things we can improve on as we move forward.”

Braxton took an early lead in the bottom of the first  when Kolton Kniceley started the game with a single and later scored on a single by Jordan Brown.

Post 7’s big inning was the second as they chased across four runs sending 10 batters to the plate.

Hunter Stone started the scoring with a triple that plated Trey Leigh, Logan Bailey hit a single that scored Leigh and Tyler Whitehair nailed a single that brought home Bailey.

Ryan Smith wrapped up the scoring in the inning with a bases loaded walk that allowed Nick Calef-Boring to score.

Braxton countered with a run in the bottom of the second to make it a 4-2 contest.

After the early scoring, the game settled in and remained at 4-2 until the top of the seventh when Buckhannon added an insurance run.

Whitehair began the inning with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Casey Hamner, went to third on a wild pitch and raced home on a passed ball.

Whitehair came in and pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh striking out three to record the save.

Logan Bailey pitched four innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

He allowed two hits, walked three and fanned two.

Ryan Smith started the game for Post 7 and went two innings earning a no-decision.

“I thought all three of our pitchers did well,” stated Boring. “Smith got us off to a good start and kept the ball down. Bailey seemed to pitch better his last two innings. I think he started relaxing and loosing up. It was nice to have a hard-throwing closer to bring in like Whitehair.

Both teams had six hits as Whitehair led the way for Post 7 with two.

Frame had two hits for Braxton.

“We could have hit the ball better,” noted Boring. “We got key hits and were able to move runners into scoring position. We had a little drought, so to speak, in the middle innings but added a key run late in the game.

Buckhannon’s outing with Clarksburg on Wednesday was wiped out by the rain.

They will return to action today with a road outing against Garrett at 7 p.m.

They will stay on the road Saturday and visit Summersville and play a doubleheader starting at noon.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon                   040 000 1 – 5

Braxton                           110 000 0 – 2

E – Buckhannon 2, Braxton 4. DP – None. LoB – Buckhannon 8, Braxton 89. 3B – Stone. SB – Bailey, Arbogast, White, Leigh, Stone, Hess. Sac. – Hamner, Hess.

Hitting

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey cf-p, 4 1 1 1; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 2 1 1 0; Tyler Whitehair ss-p, 4 1 2 1; Casey Hamner c, 2 0 0 0; Ryan Smith p, 2 0 0 1; Zach White rf, 3 0 1 0; Elijah Arbogast ss, 0 0 0 0; Tim Phillips lf, 3 0 0 0; Trey Leigh 3b, 2 1 0 0; Hunter Stone 2b, 2 1 1 1. Totals 24 5 6 4.

Braxton Post 33 – Kolton Kniceley c, 4 1 1 0; Aaron Hess ss, 3 0 0 0; Jordan Brown cf-p, 3 0 1 1; Isaiah Mowery 3b, 4 0 1 0; Adam Dobbins p-ss, 4 0 1 0; Trenton  Frame lf, 1 1 0 0; Tyee Ellyson pr, 0 0 0 0; Joey Frame 1b, 2 0 2 0; Joel Basnett 0 0 0 0; Cody Dobbins 2b, 3 0 0 0; Larry Bigham 1b, 3 0 0 0. Totals 27 2 6 1.

Pitching

Buckhannon Post 7 – Smith: 2 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Frame); Bailey (W, 1-0): 4 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Whitehair (S, 1): 1 inning, 1 hit,0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.

Braxton Post 33 – Dobbins (L, 0-1): 2 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Calef-Boring); Brown: 5 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned runs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

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