TENNERTON — The boys representing the Buckhannon American Legion Post #7 baseball team rebounded from three consecutive losses with a win over Charleston Post #65 last Sunday, July 17.
Following losses to Elkins Post #29, Garrett County (Maryland) Post #214 and Potomac Valley Post #64, Buckhannon Post #7 was in need of a momentum shifting victory as they rapidly closed in on the two-team Area Five tournament.
Post #7 was able to do just that Sunday evening as they secured a massive 10-run home win over Charleston Post #65 at William E. Phillips Memorial Field. The contest only lasted five innings, as the 10-run mercy rule was invoked, as Post #7 got back to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon.
Post #7 got off to a solid start, holding Post #65 scoreless in the top of the first inning, before racking up three early scores in the bottom of the first. Post #7 managed to rack up three runs despite only managing one hit in the first inning. Despite not making consistent contact early, Post #7 still found ways to generate runs, as the inning’s lone hit, a single off the bat of Eli Bryant, was complimented by a pair of walks, a score off of a bad pitch, a fielding error committed by Post #65 and five stolen bases by Post #7.
The Buckhannon Post #7 Legionnaires continued rolling in the second inning, keeping Post #65 off the board, while adding three more runs of their own in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 6-0 after two innings of play. Much like their first inning performance at the plate, Post #7 again tallied three runs on only hit. Post #7 was again able to compensate for the lack of base hits by capitalizing and making their opposition pay for every mistake. Landon Marple collected the team’s lone hit of the second inning, a single that drove in one run, before Post #7 managed to score their other two runs in the period off a wild pitch.
After Post #7’s defense again held strong in both the third and fourth innings, keeping Post #65 off the board, Ryan Snyder and Ian Donnen scored runs in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 8-0 heading into the fourth. The fourth inning saw Post #7’s lead swell to the magic number of 10, following scores from Ryder Aman and Zach Calef-Boring. Heading into a decisive fifth inning up by a score of 10-0, Post #7’s defense had to come up with three more outs to seal the win via mercy run rule. A masterful inning for Snyder on the mound in the role of closer sealed the win for Buckhannon Post #7. Snyder didn’t give up a hit or allowed a walk, while only allowed one hit and picking up the final three strikeouts of the game for Post #7. Tucker Burr picked up the win for Post #7 after getting the starting nod and lasting a full two innings on the mound. Burr gave up just two walks, allowed just two hits, while racking up a pair of strikeouts during his time on the mound. Calef-Boring was brought in to relieve Burr after his two-inning run, lasting two innings on the mound himself. Calef-Boring didn’t allow a single walk or score, while only gave up a single hit and picking up a lone strike out through his two innings on the mound before being replaced by Snyder.
Offensively, while Buckhannon Post #7 seemingly scored at will on Sunday, the stats paint a story of a game that could have been much closer, if not for the bevy of self-inflicted mistakes given up by Charleston Post #65. Post #7 scored 10 runs on Sunday on only 5 hits. Aman, Bryant, Calef-Boring, Marple and Snyder each collected one hit a piece to tie for the team lead. Luckily, Buckhannon Post #7 was solid in almost every other facet of the game, stealing 12 total bases and turning three separate double in Sunday’s regular-season finale over the Charleston Post #65.
With the win, Buckhannon Post #7 concludes their 2022 regular season with an 11-16 overall record. Post #7 will square off for bragging rights as the best team in Area Five as they take on rival Elkins Post #29 in the two-team Area Five tournament this week. Stay tuned for coverage of the Post #7’s postseason run and see if they can bring the Area Five American Legion title home to Tennerton!