MYRTLE BEACH – The Buckhannon-Upshur baseball team is off to a 2-1 start during their spring break trip in the Mingo Bay Classic.
The Bucs let their opener get away from them in a 10-4 loss to Lewisville (SC) on Monday, but they came back to beat Richard Winn Academy by a 15-4 score on Tuesday and dominated Great Falls (SC) on Wednesday by a 16-0 score.
The Bucs were their own worst enemy on Monday’s clash with Lewisville making seven errors. Just four of the 10 runs Lewisville scored were earned.
The Bucs took a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.
In the bottom of the first, Logan Bailey scored on an error and in the bottom of the second, Nick Calef-Boring hit a two-run single.
Things fell apart for the Bucs in the top of the fourth when Lewisville sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs for a 7-3 lead.
The Bucs made it a 7-4 game in the bottom of the fourth when Calef-Boring hit an infield single that scored Alek Seech.
The Bucs couldn’t get any closer as Lewisville scored two more in the top of the sixth and added another run in the top of the seventh.
The Bucs collected six hits in the game with Calef-Boring leading the offense with two hits and 3 RBI.
In Tuesday’s game with Richard Winn Academy, the Bucs jumped into a 10-0 lead after just two innings of play.
In the bottom of the first, Seech and Calef-Boring each had one-run singles and Cole Hoover hit a two-run single to stake the Bucs to a 4-0 lead.
In the second inning, Seech hit a two-run triple, Herron blasted a one-run single, Casey Hamner scored on an error on a ball hit by Hoover, Herron scored on another error on a ball hit by Trey Leigh and Jonathan Warner connected with a one-run single to account for the scoring.
That treated the Bucs to a 10-0 lead.
Richard Winn Academy scored twice in the top of the fourth but the Bucs answered with a run of their own when Herron scored on a passed ball to make it an 11-2 game.
Richard Winn Academy put up a three-spot in the top of the sixth inning to close the gap to 11-5 but the Bucs responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Calef-Boring kept his hot bat going with a double that plated Seech, Hamner singled to second scoring Calef-Boring and Logan Whitehair was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded scoring Hamner.
The Bucs outhit Richard Winn Academy by a 12-7 margin.
Seech and Herron each had three hits while Calef-Boring had two.
Hamner earned the win on the mound starting the game and going four innings.
He allowed just one earned run on four hits and fanned five.
Against Great Falls, Buckhannon-Upshur was in complete control as they took a 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
During the inning, Seech had a one-run single, Seech had a delayed steal of home, Herron hit a one-run single, Hoover knocked a one-run double, Whitehair reached on an error allowing Hoover to score, Phillips hit a one-run single and Whitehair scored on a delayed steal of home.
The Bucs made it 8-0 in the top of the second when Herron hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Calef-Boring.
Buckhannon-Upshur upped their lead to 11-0 in the top of the third when Jonathan Warner smacked a one-run infield single, Seech hit a ground out RBI and Calef-Boring hit an infield single that plated Bailey.
The Bucs put Great Falls out of their misery with a five-run fifth inning.
Seech and Calef-Boring both drew bases loaded walks, Trey Leigh hit a one-run single, Hoover was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Josh Riffle sent home a runner with a ground out.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth on the mercy rule.
The Bucs outhit Great Falls by an 11-3 margin.
Calef-Boring had two hits and two RBIs while Seech had one hit and three RBIs.
Hoover and Phillips combined to pitch a three-hitter for the Bucs.
Hoover started the game and allowed three hits and struck out three while Phillips pitched the final two innings and didn’t allow a hit while fanning three.
The two wins gave Adam Squires’ club a 9-12 record.
They were slated to play East Fairmont in Myrtle Beach Thursday and then their opponent for the Mingo Bay Classic today wasn’t know at press time.
They will return to action Monday at home against Grafton and then visit Elkins on Tuesday.
Lewisville 000 702 1 – 10
Buckhannon-Upshur 120 100 0 – 4
E – Lewisville 3, Buckhannon-Upshur 7. DP – None. LoB – Lewisville 7, Buckhannon-Upshur 7. 2B – Santner 2, Lofton, Seech. Sac. – Fudge. SF – Noland.
Lewisville – Zach Santner cf, 5 0 3 3; Chip Bowman ss, 2 2 0 0; Russell Noland dh, 2 1 0 1; Luke Harris c, 1 0 0 0; Landon Lofton 1b, 3 1 1 1; Braxton Elms 1b-p, 3 1 0 0; Chriss Flynn p-rf, 4 1 3 1; Jayden Barnes rf, 4 1 0 0; Ben Coyle 3b, 3 2 0 0; Porter Fudge lf, 3 1 0 1. Totals 30 10 7 7.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Alek Seech ss, 1 2 1 0; Logan Bailey cf, 4 1 1 0; Nick Calef-Boring dh, 3 0 2 3; Andrew Herron lf-p-rf, 4 0 0 0; Casey Hamner c, 4 0 0 0; Cole Hoover 1b, 3 0 0 0; Trey Leigh 3b, 2 0 0 0; Logan Whitehair p-2b, 3 0 1 0; Tim Phillips 2b-lf, 3 1 1 0; Wesley Rosencrance p, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Strader rf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 4 6 3.
Lewisville – Flynn: 2 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout; Elms: 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Whitehair (L): 3 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 7 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2 hit batsman (Bowman, Noland), 1 balk; Herron: 1 2/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Rosencrance: 2 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Bowman).
Richard Winn Academy 000 203 0 – 5
Buckhannon-Upshur 460 103 x – 14
E – Richard Winn Academy 4, Buckhannon-Upshur 5. DP – None. LoB – Richard Winn Academy 10; Buckhannon-Upshur 5. 2B – Miller, Lancaster, Calef-Boring, Herron, Seech. 3B – Seech. SB – Bailey, Seech, Riffle.
Richard Winn Academy – Luke Martin cf-p-rf, 4 0 0 0; Dru Caldwell 2b, 4 0 0 0; Brandon Miller rf-p, 4 0 1