Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Buford's on-base streak snapped, starts new one

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 11:10 pm

KAHOKA, Mo. -- Aaron Buford had a rare happening occur after his at-bat in the top of the third inning Thursday.

The Scotland County senior didn't reach base.

Buford popped out to Clark County shortstop Grant Plenge, marking the first time in 22 plate appearances Buford didn't reach base safely. Buford didn't know of the streak until an assistant coach told him after Wednesday's victory over Fayette.

"It was awesome to hear I was hitting like that," Buford said. "I knew I was hitting the ball well. But I didn't know it was that well."

Prior to Thursday, Buford had reached base in every at-bat in the last four games. The last game he had a plate appearance and didn't reach base was a victory over Knox County on April 10.

Buford went 1 for 3 with a walk in four plate appearances.

Buford was hitting .438 prior to the Knox County game. After the 8-7 victory over Clark County, he's hitting .667.

It wasn't weird for Buford when he went back to dugout after the flyout.

"That's just baseball," he said. "Every at-bat is something I look forward to."

Clark County freshmen get valuable innings

With a big game against Canton looming on Friday, Clark County coach Jerry Jerome wanted to save his ace Zeb Riney to pitch against Canton's Lance Logsdon.

That meant some younger pitchers were on the mound in the late innings against Scotland County.

Jerome went to freshmen right-handers Logan Gutting and Vince Billings in the final two innings of the game.

"With the pitch count rule you've got to throw more people," Jerome said.

While they did allow a combined four runs, including a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth and the go-ahead double in the seventh, Jerome was pleased with their pitching.

"They came in and did a great job," Jerome said. "They just had a couple pitches that were up. When that happens, they're going to hit it a long way especially in this small ballpark."

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