Post 7 starts Hillbilly Hardball Classic with 1-1 record

Tim Phillips (far left) throws a pick-off throw to first baseman Nick Calef-Boring as Ceredo-Kenova runner Bryson Hayton dives back in the first inning of their Hillbilly Hardball Classic opener Thursday at William E. Phillips Memorial Field. Post 7 beat Ceredo-Kenova, 3-0.

TENNERTON – While dodging the rain drops, the Buckhannon Post 7 Legionaries went 1-1 during the first two days of the 2019 Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic on Thursday and Friday at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

Post 7 defeated Ceredo-Kenova Post 93 by a 3-0 score in a rain-shortened game on Thursday and then lost a disappointing contest late in the game to Charleston Post 20 on Friday.

Their outing with Florida Golf Coast Green was rained out Thursday night.

In Thursday’s Classic opener, the game with Ceredo-Kenova only went three innings but it was declared an official game by tournament officials.

Buckhannon struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.

Hunter Stone reached on an error, went to second on a ground out, swiped third and scored on Nick Calef-Boring’s single to center field.

Calef-Boring moved to second on a walk to Taylor Whitehair and third on a walk to Tim Phillips and scored on a wild pitch.

Buckhannon scored their third run in the bottom of the third before the rains came when Alek Seech started the inning with a double and raced home on a single to left by Calef-Boring.

The two teams waited out a 30-minute rain delay but the game was ultimately called because of poor field conditions.

Calef-Boring had two of the three hits for Buckhannon while Seech collected the other.

Phillips (1-0) pitched all three innings for Buckhannon in the shortened shutout victory.

He gave up two hits and struck out one.

Buckhannon was their only worst enemy in Friday’s contest with Charleston especially on the base paths. They were picked off three times and caught stealing once.

Despite collecting just one hit in the contest, they couldn’t take advantage of 10 walks issued by Charleston pitchers. Post 7 left eight runners stranded as well.

The lone hit of the game for Post 7 came in the first inning when Seech hit a single to left.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Post 7 plated their lone run.

With the bases loaded and one out behind a fielder’s choice and two walks, Calef-Boring was hit by a pitch scoring Elijah Arbogast.

Post 7 though left the bases loaded which would come back to haunt them as Charleston Post 20 scored three times in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out rally.

With one out, Landen Fairchild hit a double down the right field line, Nathan Kuhn hit an infield single and Logan Spurlock was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Taylor Whitehair came to the mound to spell Post 7 starter Casey Hamner and forced Michael Stuck to pop up to second base for the second out.

Carter Lyles then dropped a soft liner just between short and centerfield allowing Fairchild and Kuhn to score, and a throw to get Spurlock out at third on the play was errant giving him the chance to score safely.

Buckhannon put a pair of runners on in the bottom of the sixth but was unable to score.

The game was called after the sixth inning on the two-hour Classic time limit.

Hamner pitched a solid game despite not getting the win.

He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed just two earned runs on four hits and fanned five.

Whitehair didn’t allow a run in 2/3 innings of relief.

The split left Buckhannon Post 7 with a 2-2 record heading into Saturday’s Hillbilly Hardball Classic action.

They were slated to play Mifflin County Post 187 and Fairmont Post 17.

Post 7 will return to action Tuesday when they host Elkins Post 29 in an area game starting at 7 p.m.

The boxscores:

Ceredo-Kenova                       000 – 0

Buckhannon                           201 – 3

E – Ceredo-Kenova 1, Buckhannon 0. DP – Buckhannon 2. LoB – Ceredo-Kenova 4, Buckhannon 3. 2B – Seech. SB – Stone.

Hitting

Ceredo-Kenova Post 93 – Bryson Hayton 2b, 0 0 0 0; Parker Grey ss, 2 0 1 0; Hunter Bellamy 3b, 2 0 0 0; Bailey McKinney 1b, 2 0 0 0; Justin Harrold rf, 1 0 0 0; Elijah Dixon c, 1 0 1 0; Levi Smith lf, 1 0 0 0; Ethan Riggs p, 0 0 0 0; Bryson Whittingham cf, 0 0 0 0; Pat Brown cf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 9 0 2 0.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Hunter Stone cf, 2 1 0 0; Alek Seech 2b, 2 1 1 0; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 2 1 2 2; Taylor Whitehair ss, 0 0 0 0; Casey Hamner c, 1 0 0 0; Tim Phillips p, 0 0 0 0; Cam Tenney cr, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Smith rf, 1 0 0 0; Wesley Rosencrance lf, 1 0 0 0; Elijah Arbogast 3b, 1 0 0 0. Totals 10 3 3 2.

Pitching

Ceredo-Kenova Post 93 – Riggs (L): 2 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Phillips (W, 1-0): 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 hit batsmen (Hayton 2).

Charleston                       000 003 – 3

Buckhannon                     000 010 – 1

E – Charleston 1, Buckhannon 0. DP – Buckhannon 1. LoB – Charleston 4, Buckhannon 8. 2B – Fairchild. SB – McCallister, Kuhn.

Hitting

Charleston Post 20 – Brayden McCallister ss, 1 0 0 0; Landen Fairchild p-2b, 3 1 1 0; Nathan Kuhn 2b-lf, 3 1 1 0; Logan Spurlock cf, 2 1 0 0; Michael Stuck 3b, 3 0 2 0; Carter Lyles 1b, 3 0 1 2; Casey Hurley lf, 2 0 0 0; A.J. Golden c, 2 0 0 0; Isaac McCallister rf, 0 0 0 0; Andrew Sydenstricker rf-p, 2 0 0 0. Totals 21 3 5 2.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Hunter Stone cf, 1 0 0 0; Alek Seech 2b, 2 0 1 0; Nick Calef-Boring 1b, 0 0 0 1; Taylor Whitehair ss-p, 3 0 0 0; Casey Hamner p-3b, 2 0 0 0; Tim Phillips lf, 2 0 0 0; Ryan Smith rf, 2 0 0 0; Trey Leigh c, 1 0 0 0; Brady Hurst cr, 0 0 0 0; Zach White cr-pr, 0 0 0 0; Elijah Arbogast 3b-ss, 2 1 0 0. Totals 15 1 1 1.

Pitching

Charleston Post 20 – Fairchild: 4 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 8 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Sydenstricker (W): 1 1/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.

Buckhannon Post 7 – Hamner (L, 0-1): 5 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Spurlock); Whitehair: 2/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

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