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The Lebanon feel pretty good when Buchanan has the ball, while the opponents kicking the batter’s box get a little restless.

The left-hander is 6-0 this season and has not allowed a run – earned or not – in 44 2/3 innings that involves 73 strikeouts. He only got 11 hits.

For his career he stands 23-0.

Keep in mind that these stats would be even more impressive if the 2020 season hadn’t been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the 2021 season hadn’t been played with a compressed schedule.

“I feel like the team is very confident with him on the hill,” said Nick Belcher, Lebanon‘s first baseman in sophomore year. “He’s our big weapon.”

Buchanan is looking to end his career with an unbeaten record, which is rare among the region’s elite aces.

The last man to do so and crown it with a state championship was Austin Ray, who was 31-0 between Honaker (2012-14) and Virginia High (2015).

Coeburn’s Tracy Stallard also had a flawless record in high school before embarking on a professional career where he reached the majors.

Some hurlers came close to this feat at championship clubs: JJ Kelly’s Doug Bates was 38-1, while Castlewood’s Jeff Phillips achieved a 28-1 in the 1980s, to name but two.


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