ELKINS — The 11-under Little Lady Bucs, lead by the coaching staff of: Brian McQuain, Chris Brown, and Sarah Kesling, claimed a pair of victories this past Sunday, April 24 in Elkins during a road double-header.
In the first game, the Little Lady Bucs wasted no time finding their way onto the scoreboard, as Braylea Squires singled on a pop fly to left-field to drive Halle Moody home for the game’s opening score. Squires quickly made her way home, stealing second, advancing to third on a wild pitch, before stealing home and scoring another run to put the Little Lady Bucs up 2-0 at the end of the top of the first inning.
After holding Elkins scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Little Lady Bucs added another two runs to their lead in the top of the second inning. The Bucs held an early 4-1 lead through the first two innings of play, heading into a critical third inning stretch. The Bucs capitalized on their scoring opportunities, building on their lead by scoring five runs in the top of the third. The Little Lady Bucs bats were busy in the inning, led by singles by Squires and Jaylee Wayts. The Little Lady Bucs also scored on balls put in play by Halle Moody and Haylee McQuain, which the Tigers could not manage to field, with the errors allowing B-U’s run to continue.
The Little Lady Bucs weathered a scare by Elkins in the fourth inning, in which they allowed Elkins to build a little momentum by scoring three runs; however, B-U had done enough scoring early to fend off the prowling Tigers, taking the 12-4 win in game one of the double-header. McQuain, got the starting nod for the Little Lady Bucs, the young pitcher showed tremendous composure and control from the circle, only allowing one hit and four runs over the span of five innings, striking out 14 Tiger batters, while not walking any.
In game two of the day’s double-header, the Little Lady Bucs cruised for a 15-3 win over the Tigers to complete the day’s series sweep. Much like game one, the Little Lady Bucs leveraged a huge offensive performance in the early innings into a big lead late in the game. The Little Lady Bucs got the scoring started as Jaylee Wayts tripled a 3-2 count, driving in game two’s first run. At the end of the first inning of play, the Little Lady Bucs 11-under team held a 4-2 lead. The Little Lady Bucs pulled away for good, as they scored five runs in the second inning. Payton Brown and Haylee McQuain each had RBIs, leading the way for the team’s huge offensive inning in the top of the third. B-U’s third-inning run put the game away early, as the Little Lady Bucs only allowed one more run the entirety of the game, sealing a dominate 15-3 victory over a local rival.
In both games, the Little Lady Bucs saw and hit the ball well, racking up eight total hits in game one before tallying twelve hits in game two. The Little Lady Bucs showed that their bats packed plenty of punch, smashing two home runs on the day. Haylee McQuain went deep for the first time in the second inning, before going yard again in the fourth inning.
Westfall got the start and picked up the win for the Little Lady Bucs. The young ace pitched a complete five innings, only allowing two hits and three runs, while striking out 14 Tiger batters and walking zero, leading the team to a game two victory from the circle.