Buckhannon rallies past Clarksburg for 10-6 victory in Legion action

Hunter Stone of Buckhannon Post 7 makes a diving slide back into first base ahead of a pick-off as Clarksburg Post 13 first baseman Pat Bart battles the sun for the throw during the third inning of their contest Friday evening at William E. Phillips Memorial Field. Stone scored a run in Buckhannon’s 10-6 win.

TENNERTON – Buckhannon Post 7’s Casey Hamner hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to cap of a rally and a 10-6 victory for his team against Clarksburg Post 13 here Friday evening at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

With the game tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, Hamner unloaded on a fastball and put it over the left field fence giving Post 7 the win and ending a modest three-game slide.

“Sometimes you just have to sit in the box and relax,” remarked Hamner. “I just took a deep breath and waited on the pitch I wanted. The pitcher put the first pitch in the dirt so I knew I was getting a fastball. I just relaxed and drove the ball.”

This was Hamner’s second grand slam of the season, the first one coming in a 19-11 loss to Bridgeport back on June 23.

“This one is my favorite of the two because it helped us win the game,” Hamner stated.

“The game was tied at 6-6 during Casey’s at-bat,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “We were just looking for a base hit. It was nice to see him make some solid contact, but we will take the grand slam.”

Boring was also pleased with how his team didn’t quit during the victory after being down early.

“We talk a lot about our own mental approach and how we handle ourselves,” stated Boring. “There were some times in this game that we could have folded the tents but we had a good approach from the beginning and we finished it out.”

Both teams scored a run in the first inning.

Noah Leggett had a one-run double for Clarksburg, but Buckhannon answered when Nick Calef-Boring singled home Alek Seech who had previously singled to left-center.

Clarksburg took a 4-1 lead with a three-run inning in the top of the second when Zach Feathers scored on a wild pitch and Dillon Richards hit a two-run single.

Post 7 made it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the third when Hunter Stone led off the frame with a walk, went all the way to third on an errant pick-off throw and scored on Logan Bailey’s sacrifice fly to left field.

Clarksburg increased their lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth when Eli Kyle doubled home Leggett.

Buckhannon began their rally in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run inning.

Bailey started the inning with a double, swiping third and scored on a wild pitch.

With one out, Calef-Boring kept the inning going with a single to left and went all the way to third when Trey Leigh’s grounder to short was thrown away.

Leigh swiped second and moved to third on a wild pitch as Calef-Boring scored making it a 5-4 contest.

Taylor Whitehair tied the game at 5-5 when he singled home Leigh with a hit to left field.

Clarksburg retook the lead in the top of the sixth when Aaron Swiger singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Leggett.

Buckhannon took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.

Jay Burnside started the inning with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stone.

Following the second out of the inning, Seech and Calef-Boring drew walks to load the bases.

Leigh drew a bases-loaded walk making it a 6-6 game before Hamner crushed his grand slam.

Ryan Smith, who came into pitch the top of the sixth for Post 7, retired Clarksburg in order in the top of the seventh to secure the win.

Smith improved to 2-0 giving up an unearned run on one hit.

“Ryan’s last two outings since our July 4th break have been very good,” noted Boring. “So we are very encouraged by what we are seeing from him on the mound.”

Wesley Rosencrance started the game for Post 7 and pitched five strong innings giving up five earned runs on six hits and fanning two.

“It was important for Wesley to go deep into this ballgame,” stated Boring. “His pitch count got a little higher than we wanted but he did a nice job for us.”

Buckhannon collected nine hits with Calef-Boring leading the way with three while Whitehair gathered two.

Clarksburg dropped to 5-13 with the loss.

Post 7 improved to 8-10 heading into Sunday’s Area V contest at Summersville.

They will return to action Tuesday at Kingwood for a 6 p.m. battle with Post 56.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

The boxscore:

Clarksburg                   130 101 0 – 6

Buckhannon                      101 035 x – 10

E – Clarksburg 2, Buckhannon 1. DP – None. LoB – Clarksburg 9, Buckhannon 6. 2B – Kyle, Bailey. HR – Hamner. SB – Swiger, Leggitt, Bailey, Seech, Leigh, Whitehair Sac. – Stone. SF – Leggitt, Bailey.

Hitting

Clarksburg Post 13 – Brandon Gray ss-2b, 3 1 0 0; Aaron Swiger lf, 3 2 2 0; Pat Bart 1b, 3 0 1 2; Noah Leggett p-ss, 3 1 2 2; Eli Kyle cf, 4 0 1 1; Trey Eddy c, 3 0 0 0; Matthew Ables cr, 0 0 0 0; Tanner Cook rf, 3 0 0 0; Zach Feathers 3b, 3 1 0 0; Dillon Richards 2b-p, 1 1 1 0; Cam Southern p, 0 0 0 0; Isaac Wolfe p, 0 0 0 0; Hunter Lipps p, 0 0 0 0; Tommy Davis ph, 1 0 0 0. Totals 27 6 7 5.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey cf, 3 1 1 1; Alek Seech 2b, 3 2 1 0; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 3 2 3 1; Trey Leigh 3b, 2 2 0 1; Casey Hamner c, 4 1 1 4; Taylor Whitehair ss 4 0 2 1; Ryan Smith rf-p, 4 0 0 0; Wesley Rosencrance p, 2 0 1 0; Jay Burnside rf, 0 1 0 0; Hunter Stone lf, 1 1 0 0. Totals 26 10 9 8.

Pitching

Clarksburg Post 13 – Leggitt: 4 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walk, 5 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Southern: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch; Wolfe (L): 2/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 4 walks, 0 strikeouts; Lipps: 1/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Rosencrance: 5 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 2 hit batsmen (Feathers, Richards); Smith (W, 2-0): 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

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