WESTON — Head Coach Chris Brown and his Buckhannon-Upshur 12-and-under Little Lady Buccaneers softball team split their recent road doubleheader with rival Lewis County back on Sunday, June 12.
The Little Lady Bucs got the day started off on the right foot, earning a dominant victory in game one of the doubleheaders by a final score of 15-2. Coach Brown’s team opened the scoring early as Isabella S drew a walk, scoring the first of three runs first inning runs. Despite a quiet offensive second inning that allowed the Lewis County Little Minutemaids to stay in the game, the Little Lady Bucs maintained a slight 3-1 advantage as they prepared to bat. That second inning scare lit a fire under the 12-and-under Little Lady Bucs, as they pulled away for good after putting together an impressive seven run explosion in the third inning. The Little Lady Bucs saw their line-up do some major damage, with Zoey Burr, Jaylee Wayts, Isabella, Lena Rose Walker, Madison Knabenshue, and Faith Howes all driving in RBIs in the critical, game-script rewriting frame.
After the Little Minutemaids failed to mount much of a comeback in the third-inning, the Little Lady Bucs added to an already commanding 11-2 lead just for good measure as they racked up another four runs in the inning.
Following another offensive barrage from the B-U, all that was left was the finishing touches. Wayts did the honors, finishing her efficient four-inning stretch in the circle as starting pitcher with a lights-out, shut out final inning, sealing the 15-2 win for B-U. Wayts, pitched a dominate complete game, only allowing a single hit and two runs, while striking out three Minutemaid batters.
Offensively, the Little Lady Bucs rode a balanced offense to the victory, with Haylee McQuain, Faith Howes, Madison Knabenshue, Payton Brown, Kristine Frye, and Braylea Squires each contributing a hit apiece to tie for the team lead in terms of hits in game one.
The Little Lady Bucs seemingly could do no wrong virtually all game long, tearing up the base paths with some sound judgement and disciplined fundamental baseball helping account for six stolen bases as a team. Payton Brown two bases each to tie for the team lead.
In game two of the rivalry road doubleheader with the Little Minutemaids, Lewis County fought back after an tough start to the day, as they had Little Lady Bucs slightly cooled off after dominating game one, dropping a 13-8 decision to split the doubleheader.
The Little Lady Bucs started the game off slow offensively, while Lewis County responded to the game one loss in a big way, scoring seven runs in the bottom first inning. After a scoreless second the score stood pat, with the ‘Maids leading the Little Lady Bucs 7-0. After a huge sixth-inning run by the Little Lady Bucs in the top of the third, the game was all of a sudden back in reach, heading into a critical third-inning stretch deadlocked in a high-scoring neck-and-neck battle, tied at 7-7. With Lewis County batting in the bottom of the third inning, when the Minutemaids broke the tie on a walk, scoring the first of six runs in the inning to put the game out of coach Brown’s team’s reach.
Kristine Frye got the starting nod for the Little Lady Bucs in game two. The young pitcher lasted one-third of an inning, allowing seven runs, before Haylee McQuain threw two innings in relief.
Offensively, the Little Lady Bucs didn’t have much trouble scoring the ball, as Karson Karickhoff’s 1-3 mark with a run and Frye adding a run and driving in an RBI; however, it proved to fall just short in game two.