Varsity Bucs claim pair of rivalry wins against Elkins, Lewis counties

Seniors pause for a photo during their senior night celebrations. ROBERTA HATCHER/ The Record Delta

TENNERTON — Head Coach Adam Squire’ Buckhannon-Upshur High School Varsity Buccaneer Baseball Team (7-16) picked up a pair of huge rivalry wins last week against Elkins and Lewis County last week on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, respectively.  

The Bucs traveled to Elkins for the first of a stretch of two back-to-back rivalry games on their schedule as the 2022 campaign begins to wind down. The Bucs trounced the Tigers by a final score of 11-1. It seemed as if the Bucs could seemingly do no wrong all game long, dominating every facet of the contest.  

While it was the Tigers that drew first blood, scoring their lone run of the game in the first inning, the coach Squires’ Bucs pulled away for good with a three-run outing in the second inning. Blake Runyon got things started for the Bucs after he nailed a single to right field on a 1-1 count, driving junior Payton Bennett home. The very next at-bat sophomore Jaden Westfall hit a sacrifice fly, scored another run for Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers Varsity. Finally, Cameron Tenney singled on a 3-2 count, scoring the Bucs last run of the inning. 

After the big run offensively in the second inning, the Bucs weren’t quite done yet, after adding another run to extend their lead to 4-1 heading into the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, the Bucs more than doubled their lead as they racked up five runs. Tenney, Isaac Lane, Ian Donnen, Landon Marple and Runyon all drove home scores to record RBIs in the inning. With that last five-run push the Bucs pulled away for good, putting a few parting blows by scoring a pair of runs in the fifth and final inning for good measure. 

Defensively against the Tigers, Donnen was spectacular on the mound for coach Squires, picking up the win for Bucs. The junior ace pitched a full five innings, while allowing just one run on three hits and recording a strike out. Donnen’s stellar pitching performance complemented by excellent fielding gave the Tigers’ batters fits all game long.  

Offensively, as a team coach Squires’ squad collected 12 hits on the day against the Tigers’ pitching staff.  Tenney, Donnen, Lane, and Runyon were the hot hands, with each posting a multiple hit outing for the varsity Bucs. Tenney paced the team recording a 3-4 mark when up to bat against Elkins.  

Following the win, the B-UHS team and coaching staff immediately turned their attention to Thursday’s home match-up against the Lewis County Minutemen. The Bucs held on to beat the Minutemen in what was a very close, back and forth affair, by a final score of 8-6.  

The Bucs snagged a lead late in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the game knotted up at 6-6, the Bucs seized control of the lead as a Minutemen error allowed both Elijah Bryant and Zach Calef-Boring to score the game-deciding runs. 

Defensively, Lane led things off on the hill for Bucs. Lane only allowed four runs on two hits, while posting four strikeouts over the span of four and a third innings pitched. Offensively, the Bucs potent hitting line-up collectively combined for nine hits against the Minutemen bullpen. Four Bucs, Bryant, Bennett, Calef-Boring, and Tenney, recorded multiple hit days for Bucs in their win over the Minutemen. Among them, Bryant led the way a 3-4 mark at bat, scoring a pair of runs and driving in an RBI. 

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