One bad inning dooms Post 7 in loss to Clarksburg


TENNERTON – One bad inning doomed the Buckhannon Post 7 Legionaries in their contest with Clarksburg Post 13 Saturday evening at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

A six-run sixth inning by Clarksburg propelled them to a 10-3 victory.

The game started out well enough for Post 7 as they took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Drew Heatherly reached on a lead-off walk, stole second and scored on a single to left field by Nick Calef-Boring.

Clarksburg scored three times in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

Buckhannon answered with a run in their half of the fifth when Curtis Helton started the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Taylor Whitehair.

In Clarksburg’s sixth inning, they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on only four hits. They capitalized on four walks and a Post 7 error.

“A few walks and a misplayed ball and the game sort of got away from us in the sixth inning,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 manager Kevin Boring.

Clarksburg’s Andrew Walker hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to increase their lead to 10-2.

Buckhannon wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Jay Burnside hit a single to left field that scored Cole Hoover who doubled to the gap in right field.

It was a game of missed chances for Buckhannon as they put at least one runner in scoring position every inning. Post 7 left 11 runners stranded during the game.

“I still give the team a bunch of credit,” said Boring. “They did battle back and put another run on the board. This team has the ability to come back from deficits so they are never out of a game.”

Buckhannon collected five hits in the game with Whitehair getting two and Calef-Boring Hoover and Burnside each getting one apiece.

Walker led the Clarksburg offense going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs-batted-in.

Whitehair started the game for Post 7 and went five innings. He allowed five earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.

Hoover pitched the final two innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits.

“Taylor pitched a pretty good game,”  stated Boring. “He was really popping them in there early on.”

Walker pitched six innings of relief for Clarksburg to pick up the win. He gave up two earned runs on four hits while walking six and striking out seven.

The loss dropped Buckhannon to 1-2.

They were slated to play Braxton County in a road game at Glenville State Tuesday night.

Buckhannon will return to action Thursday when they host Florida Gulf Coast U18 at 1 p.m. as part of the 2018 Hillbilly Hardball Tournament.

The boxscore:

Clarksburg              000 036 1 – 10

Buckhannon             100 010 1 – 3

E – Clarksburg 0, Buckhannon 3. DP – Clarksburg 1, Buckhannon 1. LoB – Clarksburg 7, Buckhannon 11. 2B – Walker, Hoover. HR – Walker. SB – Heatherly, Helton, Stone. Sac. – Rosencrance. SF – Jarrett.

Hitting

Clarksburg Post 13 – Brandon Gray 2b, 5 1 1 1; Caiden Wetzel 3b, 5 0 1 1; Dakota Jarrett ss, 3 0 1 2; Dakota Shingleton cf-lf, 4 0 0 1; Noah Dyer 1b, 3 1 3 0; Ben George c, 3 1 0 0; Cody Hefner p-cf, 2 2 0 0; Aidan Watson rf, 1 2 0 1; David Spence rf, 1 0 0 0; Andrew Friend lf, 0 0 0 0; Andrew Walker p, 4 3 4 4. Totals 31 10 10 10.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Drew Heatherly ss, 3 1 0 0; Curtis Helton cf, 2 1 0 0; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 2 0 1 1; Casey Hamner c, 3 0 0 0; Taylor Whitehair p-3b, 4 0 2 1; Cole Hoover 3b-p, 3 1 1 0; Jay Burnside rf-2b, 3 0 1 1; Wes Rosencrance lf, 2 0 0 0; Hunter Stone 2b, 1 0 0 0; Brady Hurst rf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 3 5 3.

Pitching

Clarksburg Post 13 – Friend: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 3 hit batsmen (Hamner, Hoover, Rosencrance); Walker (W, 1-0): 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 runs, 6 walks, 7 strikeouts.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Whitehair (L, 0-1): 5 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Watson); Hoover: 2 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 wild pitches.


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