TENNERTON - Buckhannon Post 7's new-look roster got off to a roaring start Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Preston Post 56.
Post 7 took the opener 10-0 and completed the sweep in the nightcap, 12-0.
Starters Daniel Powell and John McDaniels each fired complete games and combined to only allow Preston a total of six hits in the twinbill.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Buckhannon’s John McDaniels prepares to release a pitch in the second game of a doubleheader against Preston Post 56 Saturday in Tennerton. McDaniels, and game 1 starter Daniel?Powell, held Post 56 without a run and just six hits as Post 7 opened the season with a pair of wins.
"It was a nice start for us," Post 7 head coach Jeff Reed said. "We were a bit sporadic with our offense in game one, but we had some timely hits, which is something we have lacked the last couple of years."
Powell only allowed two hits, while walking four and striking out eight in the first game. The trio of Tyler Wood, Logan Moneypenny and Dalton Westfall all collected two RBIs as Buckhannon scored four third- inning runs to run its lead to 6-0. Three more in the fourth and a single run in the fifth ended the contest in five.
"Daniel was not having his normal control with his fastball, but he was effective with his breaking ball and his slider," Reed said.
In the nightcap, Buckhannon settled the issue early by scoring 11 first-inning runs. McDaniels was efficient, allowing just four hits, striking out five, while not walking a single Preston batter.
"It was a very good outing for John," Reed said. "He was hitting his spots and he was able to give us a complete game with a very low pitch count. It was good for him and also a good sign for our staff as a whole."
Moneypenny led the offensive charge in game two, registering three hits and four more RBIs, giving him six for the day. Drew Gandee drove in a pair of runs, with Powell, Matt Fair, Corey Reed and Luke Pudder all driving in single runs in a balanced Post 7 attack.
Buckhannon returns to action Wednesday night, traveling to Fairmont to face the Post 17 junior team. The doubleheader is set for 5 p.m. at East Fairmont High School.
"We have had some changes in our schedule as both Beckley and Bridgeport had to postpone our dates for early this week," Reed said. "Getting the Fairmont games in will help us get a few more games before we get to the (Hillbilly) Hardball here in a few weeks."