Bucs Baseball offensive firepower overwhelms Preston, 32-2

The 2021-2022 Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buccaneers Baseball Team. DALTON WRIGHT /The Record Delta

TENNERTON — After dropping a high scoring contest to the University Hawks in Morgantown, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School baseball team traveled to Preston County to take on the Knights on Tuesday, March 22. 

The Buccaneers Head Coach Adam Squires went into the game looking to lead the team in rebounding from the season-opening loss to University, in which their defense allowed the Hawks to score 12 total runs. Coach Squires opted to trot out Josh Nesbitt as the Bucs’ starter against the Knights. Nesbitt only allowed two hits and two runs, while striking out four Preston County batters over the course of three innings of action on the mound. Nesbitt’s arm acted as a deterrent all game long, largely keeping the Knights from compiling base hits and limiting their scoring opportunities. Nesbitt and the Bucs held Preston to only 2 runs scored all game long, cruising to a 32-2 victory. 

On the other hand, Nesbitt’s Preston pitching counterpart, had a rough evening on the mound, as the Bucs seemingly had no trouble consistently making contact with his pitches. Preston’s starting pitcher lasted two innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, while only registering one strikeout. The Knights made a pitch change heading at the start of the third inning before pulling their relief pitcher after just one inning of action, limping to the end of the game with another pitching change. Regardless of who the Knights brought in, the Bucs had no trouble scoring runs in what was one of the biggest offensive explosions in recent memory. 

The Bucs struck the first blow, scoring on two runs in the first inning after Landon Marple, facing a 2-1 count, hit a single to bring home two runs. 

Junior Zach Calef-Boring was seemingly unstoppable every time he stepped up to bat for the Buccaneers, picking up four total hits. Boring wasted no time getting off to a hot start in this one, nailing a single in the first. Boring’s next at-bat resulted in a triple in the second inning. He then followed that up by hitting a double in the third inning and smashing another triple in the fourth inning. Boring’s bat played a large role in the Bucs’ massive 22 run fourth inning, which put any hope of a Preston comeback safely out of reach. Boring finished the game batting an impressively efficient 4-5, leading the way for the Buccaneers offensively. 

In total, the Bucs tallied 18 total hits. Boring, Ian Donnen, Payton Bennett, Brayden Hamer, Landon Marple and Clint Crites all put together multi-hit outings for the Bucs as they took care of business in their first Big 10 Conference game of the year. With the massive, 30-run win over Preston, the Bucs improved their overall record on the young 2022 campaign to 1-1, while moving to 1-0 in Big 10 Conference play. 

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