TENNERTON — The boys of the Buckhannon American Legion Post #7 Senior baseball team picked up a massive win against Clarksburg Post #13. The Buckhannon Post #7 Legionnaires logged a masterful, mistake-free performance as a unit, not committing a single error the entire game.
Both offenses got off to a sluggish start, with neither managing to score in the first inning. Things started to heat up at the top of the second inning, as Post #13 got on the scoreboard first, scoring a lone run to break the early scoreless stalemate. Post #7 responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning to head into the top third inning, holding a 3-1 lead. After another bout of offensive struggles from both teams resulted in another scoreless period in the third inning, Post #13 struck again, scoring another run in the top of the fourth to cut Post
#7’s lead to just 3-2. Post #7 responded to Post #13 closing the gap in a big way, started to pull away with a five-run explosion in the bottom of a decisive fourth inning.
The fifth inning saw the game’s status quo more or less maintained with each team scoring a run apiece. At the top of the sixth inning, Buckhannon Post #7 held a commanding 9-3 lead before Clarksburg Post #13 scored three runs to cut the deficit to 9-6. As they had all game long, as soon as Post #13 would cut into the lead, the boys of Post #7 would rally and go on a run to extend their lead to even greater heights. Post #7 scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win over Clarksburg Post #13. Buckhannon Post #7’s huge late game-sealing scoring run was driven by walks by Payton Bennett and Ryan Snyder with singles by Eli Bryant, Landon Marple and Zach Calef-Boring.
The base paths were busy Sunday evening, as each team enjoyed plenty of fireworks in this high-scoring affair. The Post #7 Legionnaires saw the ball well against the Post #13 pitching staff, collecting eight total hits in the game. Marple, Bryant, and Grant Mealey all managed to record multiple hit outings for Buckhannon Post #7, each tying for the team lead team in hits with two apiece. Marple went 2-5 at the plate, scoring two runs, while driving in two RBIs; Bryant went 2-3, scoring a run and driving in a pair of RBIs; while Mealey went 2-3, scoring two runs and driving in another two RBIs.
Defensively, Brady Hurst got the starting nod on the mound, putting both his arm’s velocity and control en route to picking up the win for Buckhannon Legionnaires. Hurst only allowed three hits and three runs over the course of five innings, while striking out five and only walking one. Tucker Burr threw the final inning in relief out of the bullpen, allowing two hits and three runs, while walking two Post #13 batters. While the Post #7 pitching staff turned in a solid performance; it was the mistake-free play in the field, more than any other factor, that resulted in the win for Buckhannon. The Buckhannon Legionnaires didn’t have one fielding lapse all game, with Drahden Rice having the most opportunities with 11.