The Times West Virginian

April 16, 2013

Buckhannon squeaks past North baseball, 12-9

By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian

RACHEL — North Marion High School’s young baseball team came within two innings of winning its second game of the season against Buckhannon-Upshur on Monday, 12-9.

During the fifth inning, the Huskies were rolling.

Feeling confident, and with a sizeable three-run lead, it was North’s opportunity to win; however, four errors led to the same amount of runs, allowing the Bucs to score on multiple occasions.

“We’re making crucial errors at crucial times,” North head coach Vic Seccuro said. “Our pitchers are fighting and struggling to keep us in the game and they do their job getting a ground ball, then we can’t make the play. We have to finish the play.”

Although crucial errors played a part in the Huskies’ loss, the game went back and forth more times than a ping-pong match.

The game started to become interesting in the fourth when North was up, 5-3.

A leadoff double off the wall for Nathan Matthews was all it took for BHS. Bryson Fluke singled, Corey Reed drew a walk and Dalton Westfall drilled a single in the gap, which scored Matthews.

The Bucs weren’t done there.

With no one out, Brandon “Hoss” Tenney drilled a single that scored two. Dylan Smith tripled, scoring another Buc runner. Before the Huskies could count to three, Buckhannon was ahead, 8-5.

But North wasn’t set to cave in. They were there to win, or at least go down swinging.

“We’re fighting and we’re battling,” Seccuro said. “We’re hitting the ball, and that’s going to be something that we have to do in order to stay in those games.”


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