TENNERTON – Buckhannon Post 7 used a late-rally to earn a much-needed win over Weston Post 4 here Tuesday night in an Area V American Legion baseball contest.
Post 7 chased across four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning behind a three-run home run by Casey Hamer for a 7-5 win.
Hamner also earned the victory on the mound pitching two innings of scoreless relief.
The victory ended a three-game slide for Post 7 and gave them a 4-7 overall mark and a 3-1 record in Area V play.
“It was a huge game for us for several reasons,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “One, we played a pretty solid game all around. It was good to see some of the consistency that we lacked the last couple games start to come around. Second, it was an Area V game and as I have said all along, it's important for us to win those area games. That puts us at 3-1 in the area which is a good position to be in right now.”
Buckhannon struck first in the bottom of the first when Logan Bailey started the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on a single to left by Trey Leigh.
Weston scored twice in the top of the third behind a one-run single from Leo White and a Buckhannon error for a 2-1 lead.
They added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Chase Freeman and Will Hunt each drove in a run to make it 4-1.
Buckhannon made it a 4-2 game in their half of the fourth when Leigh started the inning with a single to left, went to second on a walk to Elijah Arbogast, moved to third on a wild pitch and raced home on a single by Bailey.
A solo home run by Weston’s Cole Barker made it a 5-2 contest in the top of the fifth.
Alek Seech opened the bottom of the fifth for Buckhannon getting hit by a pitch and then went to second on a single by Nick Calef-Boring and dashed home on a single to right by Taylor Whitehair to make it a 5-3 game.
That score remained until Buckhannon’s four-run sixth inning.
Bailey and Seech each drew one-out walks and Calef-Boring singled home Bailey to make it a 5-4 game.
Hamner then crushed a pitch over the center field fence for a three-run blast to stake Buckhannon to their 7-5 lead.
Whitehair came in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to record the save, his first of the season.
“It was nice to see us grind it out and stay the course,” stated Boring. “That kind of reminded me of our high school season year before last - they never gave up and found a way to win. I thought we had much better approaches at the plate tonight. We got into their bullpen a little and that proved key.”
Buckhannon collected eight hits with Leigh pacing the offense with three while Calef-Boring had two.
“Offensively, It was good to see Trey and Nick have multi-hit games and the big blow was Casey's home run,” said Boring.
Hamner evened his record to 1-1 pitching two scoreless innings of relief in the fifth and sixth inning.
He gave up one earned run on two hits.
Bailey started the game on the mound for Post 7 and went four innings giving up three earned runs on six hits while fanning six.
“I thought Bailey got us off to a good start on the mound,” noted Boring. “Even though he gave up some hits and runs, a lot of it was hits opposite field and down the lines. The plan was to start him and get us into the middle innings and then go to Casey and close with Taylor. Those three pitchers give the opponent three different looks with velocity, breaking stuff and ability to change levels.”
Will Hunt, White, and Jacob Aman each had two hits for Weston.
Kole Bozic suffered the loss tossing 2/3 of an inning. He gave up four earned runs on four hits and walked three.
“I thought it was a good team win tonight,” concluded Boring. “I thought a lot of guys contributed in the win and that's what we need. We can't rely on just one or two guys. Some things don't always show up in the stat sheet like Hunter Stone having an 11-pitch at-bat in a crucial part of the game or Ryan Smith being called on as a pinch hitter and working the count with several fouls balls. Everyone was very receptive of their roles tonight which shows we are maturing as a team.”
Post 7 will return to action tonight when they visit Clarksburg for a 7 p.m. contest.
They will return home Saturday for an Area V doubleheader with Summersville at 1 p.m.
Weston 002 210 0 – 5
Buckhannon 100 114 x – 7
E – Weston 0, Buckhannon 1. DP – None. LoB – Weston 7 Buckhannon 10. 2B – W. Hunt, Aman, Leigh. 3B – Freeman. HR – Barker, Hamner. SB – W. Hunt, Bailey, Seech. Sac. – Arbogast.
Weston Post 4 – Will Hunt ss, 4 1 2 1; Leo White lf, 4 1 2 1; Cole Barker 1b, 1 1 1 1; Levi Fox c, 3 0 0 0; Kole Bozic 2b-p, 4 0 0 0; Jacob Aman dh-rf-p, 4 1 2 0; Tim Hunt 3b, 3 0 0 0; Drew Kuhn rf, 1 0 0 0; Collin Moneypenny cr-rf-2b, 2 0 0 0; Chase Freeman cf, 3 1 1 1; Connor Johnson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 5 8 4.
Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey p-cf, 2 2 1 1; Alek Seech 2b, 2 2 0 0; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 3 1 2 1; Zach White pr, 0 0 0 0; Casey Hamner c-p, 4 1 1 3; Trey Leigh 3b-c, 4 1 3 1; Borgy Tenney cr, 0 0 0 0; Taylor Whitehair ss-p, 3 0 1 1; Wesley Rosencrance pr, 0 0 0 0; Tim Phillips rf-lf, 1 0 0 0; Elijah Arbogast lf-3b-ss, 1 0 0 0; Ryan Smith ph, 1 0 0 0; Hunter Stone cf-rf, 3 0 0 0. Totals 24 7 8 7.
Weston Post 4 – Johnson: 4 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 2 hit batsmen (Calef-Boring, Seech); Bozic (L): 2/3 of an inning, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Aman: 2/3 of an inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
Buckhannon Post 7 – Bailey: 4 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batsmen (Barker 2); Hamner: (W, 1-1): 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts; Whitehair (S, 1): 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.