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Buckhannon falls to Fort Cumberland in tourney finale

June 18, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Sports correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

TENNERTON - Buckhannon Post 7 closed play in the 2012 Hillbilly Hardball Classic, losing 10-0 to Fort Cumberland (Md.) Post 13 squad on Saturday.

Fort Cumberland ended the tourney 3-2, while Post 7 was 1-4.

Left-hander Zac Bradfield fired a one-hitter to lead the Fort Cumberland victory. He struck out 11 Post 7 hitters while walking only two. For the first four innings, it was a pitchers' duel as Buckhannon's Nathan Matthews also was pitching well. The squad's entered the fifth inning with Fort Cumberland clinging to a tight 1-0 lead.

Defensive mishaps led to the Buckhannon demise as Post 7 committed four one-out errors, opening the flood gates for what became a decisive nine-run fifth. Buckhannon did not score in the inning's bottom half, concluding the contest in five innings.

Seth Thompson led Fort Cumberland with a solid line of three hits, three runs, and three RBIs. The rightfielder had a home run and a double. Five other Post 13 hitters found the hit column in an eight-hit afternoon for the visitors. Shortstop Tyler Wood had the lone Post 7 hit, a third inning single.

Buckhannon falls to 3-7 with the loss, while Fort Cumberland leaves town with a 9-4 overall mark. Post 7 returns to action Tuesday night at Fairmont Post 17.

Moundsville 8

Buckhannon 3

Buckhannon suffered through a morning of missed opportunities, falling 8-3 to Moundsville Post 3 in Saturday morning's session of the Hillbilly Hardball Classic at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Post 7 stranded a total of 11 runners on the day, while the victorious squad from Marshall County would tally seven of their eight runs after two outs.

Mitchell French led the Moundsville victory, pitching the full seven innings of three-run baseball, and also collecting three hits and scoring three runs to help his own cause. His day at the plate included a second-inning homer and a fourth-inning double.

Drew Gandee led the Buckhannon offense, delivering three of the team's nine hits.

Buckhannon 9, Beckley 4

After going scoreless for 32 consecutive innings in a five-game losing streak, Buckhannon Post 7 erupted for nine runs Friday night to defeat a strong Beckley Post 32 squad, 9-4.

Logan Moneypenny went the distance on the mound and also had a three-run homer.

Wood ended the scoring drought quickly, leading off the first with a solo home run down the left field line. After Beckley gained a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, Buckhannon forged ahead 4-2 with a three-run third. Moneypenny's bomb came in the bottom of the fourth and extended the margin to a comfortable 7-2 advantage that Post 7 would not relinquish.

Moneypenny's complete-game effort included six strikeouts against four walks.



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