Post 7 falls in winner’s bracket clash with South Charleson

MORGANTOWN – Following their upset win over Morgantown Post 2 in the opening round of the 2022 West Virginia American Legion State Tournament, Buckhannon Post 7 wasn’t able to put up much of a fight against South Charleston Post 94 in a winner’s bracket game of the double-elimination tournament Wednesday night at Dale Miller Field.

Post 7 dropped a 23-1 decision to South Charleston in a game halted in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

“Tonight was a tough one,” stated Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring. “Our energy level did not match that of last night. South Charleston is a mature, disciplined hitting team. We just dug too big of a hole to climb out of. Tonight’s game has no impact on what we have accomplished to this point.  We just need to press the rest and reset button and get mentally ready for Parkersburg tomorrow.”

South Charleston took a 10-0 lead after one inning and tallied four runs in the second inning and five more in the third for a 19-0 advantage.

Buckhannon’s lone run came in the top of the fourth when Ryan Snyder drew a one-out walk and later scored on a single by Peyton Bennett.

South Charleston tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning including a three-run home run from Isaac McCallister.

Buckhannon had six hits in the setback with Bennett leading the offense with two.

Post 7 dropped to 14-18 on the year and will now play Parkersburg Post 15 in an elimination game Thursday at 1 p.m. Parkersburg, who dropped a 1-0 contest to Morgantown on Wednesday, will enter the game with a 30-7 record.

In the other game played Wednesday, Berkley Post 14 eliminated Bridgeport Post 68 by a 5-4 score in nine innings. They will play Morgantown Post 2 in an elimination game starting at 4 p.m.

South Charleston, who improved to 22-5, will await the winner of the Parkersburg/Buckhannon contest at 7 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon 000 10 – 1

South Charleston (10)45 4x – 23

E – Buckhannon 1, South Charleston 0. DP – None. LoB – Buckhannon 9, South Charleston 7. 2B – Ramsey, Comer, McCallister. 3B – Ramsey. HR – McCallister. SB – McCallister.

Hitting

Buckhannon Post 7 – Ryder Aman cf, 1 0 0 0; Eli Bryant 2b-p-rf, 3 0 0 0; Landon Marple ss-p, 3 0 1 0; Grant Mealey 3b, 2 0 0 0; Zach Calef-Boring p-2b-ss, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Snyder, rf-1b, 2 1 1 0; Ian Donnen c, 1 0 1 0; Gage Parsons c, 2 0 1 0; Brady Hurst 1b 1 0 0 0; Drayden Rice p, 1 0 0 0; Peyton Bennett lf, 2 0 2 1. Totals 21 1 6 1.

South Charleston Post 94 – Tyson Burke ss, 4 4 4 0; Isaiah Ramsey lf, 4 4 2 4; Garrett Comer 2b, 4 4 3 3; Isaac McCallister cf-1b 5 2 4 3; Andrew Scarberry cf-1b, 5 2 4 3; Jordan Mosley rf, 1 1 0 2; Alex Parsons rf, 2 0 0 0; Caleb Nutter 3b-p, 4 1 3 1; Tyler Perdue c, 3 1 0 0; Kyle Gill c, 0 0 0 0; Dustin Johnson dh-p-cf, 4 4 2 1; Collin Cottril p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 23 21 20.

Pitching

Buckhannon Post 7 – Calef-Boring (L, 2-4): pitched to seven batters, 5 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts; Bryant: 1 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts; Marple: 1/3 of an inning, 1 hit, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 3 hit batsmen (Burke, Ramsey, Comer); Rice: 2 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs 4 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

South Charleston Post 94 – Cottril (W): 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Mealey); Johnson: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Nutter: 1 inning, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

State Tournament Results and Schedule

Tuesday

Parkersburg 4, Berkeley 2

South Charleston 9, Bridgeport 4

Buckhannon 5, Morgantown 3

Wednesday

Berkeley 5, Bridgeport4 (9 innings) (Bridgeport eliminated)

Morgantown 1, Parkersburg 0

South Charleston 23, Buckhannon 1 (5 innings)

Thursday

Parkersburg Post 15 vs. Buckhannon Post 7, 1 p.m. (Elimination game)

Berkeley Post 14 vs. Morgantown Post 2, 4 p.m. (Elimination game)

South Charleston Post 94 vs. winner of Parkersburg/Buckhannon, 7 p.m.

Friday

Championship game, 1 p.m.

“If” game, 4 p.m.

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