ELKINS — The Buckhannon Post #7 Senior American Legion baseball team traveled to Elkins to square off against Post #29 this past Wednesday, July 13. Wednesday’s game against Elkins Post #29 proved to be a heartbreaker for Buckhannon Post #7, dropping a 7-3 decision after they lost the lead late in the game.
Buckhannon Post #7 got the scoring started early, as Grant Mealey singled, nailing a hard ground ball to right field, driving Landon Marple home for the game’s opening score. The run would be the only score for Buckhannon Post #7 over the course of the game’s first five innings. Elkins Post #29 responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead before tacking on another run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third inning. The third inning saw the start of Elkins Post #29’s offensive woes, as going on a scoreless spell of their own and opening up an opportunity for Post #7 to get back in the game.
Things were quiet, as each teams fought to break out of their respective slumps against some dominate pitching from both sides. Both teams went scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The Post #7 offense came alive in the top of the sixth inning scoring a pair of runs to steal a 3-2 lead. Post #29 responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to regain a 7-3 lead. With one last chance to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Post #7 couldn’t get anything going offensively, as Post #29 sealed the win.
Ian Donnen got the starting nod against Elkins Post #29, taking the loss in spite of a score showing in the mound. The young right-handed ace surrendered seven runs on nine hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out four batters in the process. Donnen pitched found his grove after the first two innings, going pitching scoreless innings in the third, fourth and fifth.
Collectively, Buckhannon Post #7 racked up eight total hits on Wednesday. Both Zach Calef-Boring and Grant Mealey collected two hits apiece to tie for the team lead. Mealey went 2-3, scoring a run, drew a walk, and drove in a RBI, while Calef-Boring went 2-4 and scored a run. Marple went 1-4 and scored the game’s only other run for Buckhannon Post #7 in their match-up against Post #29.
With the road loss, the Buckhannon Post #7 boys, coached by Kevin Boring, David Marple and Daniel Marple drop to 10-14 so far this summer. The Buckhannon’s Legionnaires will be back in action this Friday, as they return home to host an American Legion team from Garrett County, Maryland at 6 p.m. The Buckhannon Legionnaires will continue to chase improve as they near the Area 5 Tournament on July 20.