Senior Legion Post #7 team splits double-header

Landon Marple hit his first career home run in game one of Post #7’s double-header.

GLEN DALE — The Buckhannon Senior Legion Post #7 team was back in action this past Saturday, July 9, as they traveled to John Marshall for a pair of games with Post #3 and Post #45 at John Marshall High School. The Buckhannon legionnaires split their games Saturday evening, taking game one with Post #3 by a score of 12-11 before dropping game two to Post #45 by a score of 10-4.  

Post #7 picked up a win in their first game of the day, holding on to outlast Post #3 after a late scare. The Buckhannon Legionnaires enjoyed a massive offensive run right out of the gates in this one, scoring eleven runs in the top of the first inning. Highlighting this offensive explosion was some major fireworks off the bat of Landon Marple. Marple smashed his first career home run in his second at-bat against Post #3. The two-run homer capped off a near flawless opening inning for Post #7. 

After building a commanding eleven run lead, Buckhannon Post #7’s offense cooled off for the remainder of the game, only accounting for one more run all game, coming in the third-inning as Marple drove Eli Bryant home. Post #3 slowly, but surely whittled Buckhannon Post #7’s lead inning by inning, heading into a decisive bottom of the sixth inning clinging to a one-run, 12-11 lead. In the end, it was Post #7’s defense that held firm, forcing three quick outs on Post #3 to seal the win.  

Post #7 earned the game one victory despite getting out-hit by their opponents by a thirteen to seven margin. The Buckhannon Legionnaires took full advantage of the eight errors committed by their opponent in game one.  

Wyatt Mason and Drahden Rice combined for a solid game on the mound for the Buckhannon Legionnaires. Mason got the start, allowing nine hits and seven runs, only three of which were earned over the span of four full innings: striking out three and walking two Post #3 batters. Offensively, while the ever-consistent Zach Calef-Boring paced the team in hits, with three, also scoring a run and driving in an RBI; it was Marple who did the most scoring. Marple recorded two hits and two runs, including his homer in the first and driving in three RBIs, accounting team-high five scores. Calef-Boring also led Buckhannon Post #7 with two stolen bases, as the team collectively ran wild on the base paths with seven total stolen bases. 

The Post #7 Legionnaires had no time to celebrate their close win in game one, as they turned their attention to their game two opponents, the boys American Legion Post #45. 

Post #7’s cold streak that lasted much of game one, continued in the early portions of game two, as they struggled to generate runs. After failing to score for the first three innings of play, the boys of Post #7 went to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning facing a 5-0 deficit. The Buckhannon Legionnaires finally got on the board as Grant Mealey doubled, allowing Evan McDowell to score. Post #45 responded with a four run outing in the fifth inning to build their lead back up to 9-1, entering the top fifth. Even in the face of a daunting Post #45 lead, Post #7 showed tremendous fight, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-5. Despite late signs of life, the early deficit proved to be too much for the Buckhannon Legionnaires to overcome, losing by a final score of 10-4. 

Zach Calef-Boring got the starting nod at pitcher for Post #7. Calef-Boring the loss for, allowing seven hits and nine runs over four and two-thirds innings, striking out four. Offensively, despite the score, Post #7 had no trouble seeing the ball, tallied eight hits in the game. However, capitalizing on these hits proved to be more difficult, as the team struggled to generate runs to sustain a comeback attempt. Ryder Aman led the way for the Post #7 Legionnaires, recording a perfect 3-3 mark at the plate, enjoying a solid day hitting the ball despite the loss. 

With the split last Saturday, the Buckhannon Senior Legion Post #7 team moves to 9-13 so far this Summer. Post #7’s coaching staff, consisting of: Daniel Marple, Kevin Boring and Richard Rice will have ready as they continue their third month of play this Summer. 

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