Post 7 loses to Bridgeport Post 68 on walk-off in Legion action, 4-3

Buckhannon Post 7’s Logan Bailey slides back into first base ahead of the tag of Bridgeport’s Vincent Turner during the third inning of their American Legion contest Monday evening at the Bridgeport Recreational Complex. Bailey went three-for-four at the plate and drove in a run but Post 7 dropped a 4-3 verdict.

BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Post 68 walked off with a 4-3 victory against Buckhannon Post 7 here Monday evening at the Bridgeport Recreational Complex.

Down 3-2 going into the top of the seventh, Buckhannon Post 7 tied the game at 3-3 when Hunter Stone hit a one-out single, Elijah Arbogast bloopered a single down the right field line and Logan Bailey hit an infield single scoring Stone.

Post 7 couldn’t hold the lead though as they gave up a run to Bridgeport in the bottom of the seventh.

Drew Hogue started the inning with a single and went all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt when Post 7 didn’t cover the bag at third.

Tyler Wilkinson and Nate Mullins each drew a walk to load the bases.

Frank Why hit into a fielder’s choice as Hogue was out at the plate, but with two strikes and two outs, Nate Paulsen sent a single up the middle scoring Wilkinson.

“We played Bridgeport toe-to-toe all night,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “When you look at it, we made a couple of mistakes in that second inning. It wasn’t like they hit us hard.”

In that second inning, Bridgeport scored two unearned runs off of Buckhannon starter Ryan Smith on two Post 7 errors to give themselves a 2-0 lead.

Buckhannon tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.

Nick Calef-Boring and Taylor Whitehair each singled and scored when a ball hit by Stone was misplayed by Bridgeport first baseman Vincent Tucker who lost in the sun.

Bridgeport went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Hunter Moore doubled and scored on a single by Turner.

Bridgeport outhit Buckhannon by an 8-7 margin.

Bailey was the only Post 7 player with a multi-hit game as he collected three.

Smith earned a no-decision in the game going six strong innings.

He gave up one earned run on seven hits, walked just one and struck out three.

“We talked about finding consistency, especially with our pitching staff,” noted Boring. “Smith was one of the guys we targeted with that. We gave him the ball tonight and he did a great job. I am very encouraged by his performance.”

Whitehair suffered the loss pitching 2/3 of an inning and allowing one run on one hit and two walks.

Paulsen and Moore each had two hits for Bridgeport.

Mark Lavezza went the distance for Post 68 to earn the win.

He gave up one earned run on seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

The loss dropped Buckhannon to 7-9 heading into Tuesday’s game with Kingwood.

They will return to action Friday when they host Clarksburg Post 13 at 7 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon                000 200 1 – 3

Bridgeport                  020 001 1 – 4

E – Buckhannon 2, Bridgeport 1. DP – Buckhannon 2. LoB – Buckhannon 5, Bridgeport 5. 2B – Moore. SB – Bailey, Wilkinson. Sac. – Vandergrift.

Hitting

Buckhannon Post 7 – Logan Bailey cf, 4 0 3 1; Alek Seech 2b, 4 0 0 0; Nick Calef-Boring 3 1 1 0; Try Leigh c, 3 0 0 0; Taylor Whitehair ss-p, 3 1 1 0; Ryan Smith p-3b, 3 0 0 0; Hunter Stone lf, 3 1 1 0; Wesley Rosencrance rf, 1 0 0 0; Brady Hurst rf, 2 0 0 0; Elijah Arbogast 3b-ss, 3 0 1 0. Totals 29 3 7 1.

Bridgeport Post 68 – Frank Why 2b, 4 0 0 0; Nate Paulsen cf, 4 0 2 1; Hunter Moore c, 3 1 2 0; Vincent Turner 1b, 2 1 1 1; Quintin Reep lf, 3 0 1 0; Drew Hogue ss, 3 1 1 0; Devin Vandergrift rf, 2 0 1 0; Tyler Wilkinson 3b, 2 1 0 0 ; Garrett Collins dh, 2 0 0 0; Nate Mullins dh, 0 0 0 0; Mark Lavezza p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 4 8 2.

Pitching

Buckhannon Post 7 – Smith: 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts; Whitehair (L, 0-3): 2/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Bridgeport Post 68 – Lavezza (W): 7 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts.

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