Jr. Legion squad drops doubleheader to Sissonville

Evan Coffman of the Buckhannon Post 7 Junior Legionaries eyes up a pitch during game one of their doubleheader with Sissonville last Thursday.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon Jr. Legion Post 7 squad dropped a home doubleheader to visiting Sissonville Post 94 here Thursday at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

The two teams played two five-inning games and Post 7 dropped the first one by a 6-2 score and the second outing by a 14-3 count.

In the first game, Preston Tucker hit a two-run double in the top of the first to stake Sissonville to a 2-0 lead.

Buckhannon made it a 2-1 contest in the bottom of the third when Isaac Lane led off the frame with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out by Cam Tenney and scored on Jonathan Haddix’s single to left.

Tucker doubled again and scored on a single by Hunter Montgomery in the top of the third to give Sissonville a 3-1 lead.

Buckhannon cut that advantage to 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Hunter Stone opened the inning with a single to right, went to second when Elijah Arbogast was hit by a pitch and scored on Brady Hurst’s single to center field.

Sissonville put the game away with a three-run fourth inning.

The junior legion team had seven hits with Haddix leading the way with two.

Sissonville struck first in the night cap with a three-run first inning and a seven-run second inning for a 10-0 lead.

Buckhannon dented the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first when Lane started the inning with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a bases-loaded to walk to Evan Coffman.

Sissonville scored two more times in the top of the third for a 12-1 lead.

Post 7 chased across another run in the bottom of the third when Ryan Smith began the inning with a single, stole second and later scored on an error to make it a 12-2 contest.

Sissonville put two more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth for a 14-2 lead.

Buckhannon wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the fifth when Haddix hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Post 7 had five hits in the contest as Haddix collected two.

The pair of losses dropped the Jr. Legion team to 0-5 on the season.

“The Jr. Legion kids are working hard,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “Coach Todd Lane and I see improvements in most all of the players.  They need to play and develop.  Sometimes it goes a little bad before it gets better but they are learning.  We really could have beaten Bridgeport and played hard against a tough Sissonville team.  The other thing to remember is that many are dual rostered on the senior team as well so they are helping us do better in senior games.”

They were slated to host Morgantown Jr. Legion Post 2 this past Sunday.

They will return to action July 10 when they host Preston at 7 p.m.

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