By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys’ baseball team came to the Bee hive and left with East’s honey.
Buckhannon’s ace pitcher Dalton Westfall. The 6-6 senior came in throwing smoke and the Bees couldn’t catch up.
“I had to relax and collect my thoughts and concentrate on my mechanics, and it fell through for me,” Westfall said.
At the beginning of the game, he was giving East Fairmont High School a heavy dose of fastballs, but once the fourth inning struck, the Bees were starting to time his pitching up.
Down 3-0, East had only way way to go — up.
Until that inning, Westfall had been throwing a perfect game.
“We had trouble hitting,” East head coach Rob Barrett said. “We weren’t focused and I credit their pitcher because he did a good job, but at the same time, we prepare for that type of pitching. We just didn’t have a very good mental approach.”
Ending the perfect game was James Bolander, who had a single fall between the right fielder and second baseman. Bolander took second via steal, and then Cutter Atha drew a walk.
Coming up to the plate with one thing on his mind — hitting in the clutch — was Easton Jimmie.
Jimmie roped a single that would score both Atha and Bolander, narrowing the gap from 3-0 to 3-2.
Later on in the inning, Justin Schmidt drew an RBI walk that scored Jimmie.
The game was 3-3 and East had momentum.