UNION – Tanner McCallister was intentionally walked with nobody on base and an eight-run lead for Spartanburg in the final inning.

That says everything about the kind of night he had in his first American Legion baseball game of the season and the kind of respect he will no doubt get from opponents.

McCallister hit two home runs Monday night as Post 28 beat Buffalo, 9-1, at the Timken Sports Complex. The Dorman High graduate headed for the College of Charleston hit a solo home run in the third inning and a three-run shot in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. He drove in five of those runs, including a sacrifice fly RBI in the first. When he came up for a final time, he was sent immediately to first base.

"We knew they were going to do that," Spartanburg head coach Micah Stancil said. "They told us, ‘You can tell him not to even bring his bat to the plate.’ "

Spartanburg got its first victory in three tries. Post 28 played the first two without shortstop McCallister, center fielder Jack Hennessy and third baseman Daniel Wetmore because they received invitations to play in all-star games after helping Dorman win the 5A state championship.

"In the first two games, we only had 10 players," Stancil said. "We were short on pitching and we had outfielders playing on the infield. It was a little uncomfortable. So it’s good to have people back. We were still a little short tonight. But it was good to get a win under our belt and maybe we can start rolling."

Buffalo, meanwhile, suffered its first loss in three games. This team, which has been the unaffiliated second Union team during the past couple of years, draws mostly from Woodruff, Laurens and half of Union. Post 22, which gets the other half, now competes in the Rock Hill area league.

"We played a whole lot better in the first two games than we did tonight," Buffalo head coach Jay Ford said. "Sometimes when guys come back from senior week (an open week for the league), they don’t have as much energy. I’ve seen it plenty of times before. We have two days of practice before the next game. So, hopefully, we can turn it right around."

Hennessy had two hits, scored twice and was on base four times. Bryson Gault (Dorman) doubled, walked, stole two bases and scored two runs. Jordan Gilliam (Broome) had an RBI single, two walks and also scored twice.

McCallister stepped up for his third at-bat, runners at the corners, and blasted his second straight homer to left to basically put the game out of reach.

"I was just trying to put something in the air to get a run in," he said. "I found the barrel pretty solid and drove it. … I think we all felt good tonight. We’re just now getting everybody on the team together."

Tristan Fowler and Owen Lancaster, both from Spartanburg High, combined on a three-hitter. Fowler went the first 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits (both to Nathan Rutter from Laurens) and came out after walking four batters for Buffalo’s only run. Lancaster got out of that bases-loaded situation and then went the final three innings with four strikeouts for the victory.

Spartanburg’s next game that was scheduled for Wednesday at Inman has been moved to Thursday at Duncan Park. Buffalo plays host Thursday to Greer and then travels Friday to Inman. Inman plays Tuesday at Greer. Gaffney has postponed its games this week. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. and, a because of a rules change this year, are seven innings instead of nine.