B-UMS Softball claims three consecutive wins, move to 15-1

The team huddles during one of their three victorious games PHOTO COURTESY OF MINDY BENNETT

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Lady Buccaneers softball team claimed three huge victories at the start of the month to move to 15-1 on the 2022 campaign.  

On Tuesday, May 3 the Little Lady Bucs sailed to a dominant victory over Lincoln Middle School by a final score of 10-2.  

The Little Lady Bucs explosive offensive performance was highlighted by a four-run stretch in the fifth inning. Sarah Coffman, Avery Hamer and Reagan Mason, all drove in runs in the frame, to lead the scoring run that flipped a somewhat competitive game into a complete rout.  

Offensively, Kynnedy Marple was on fire, consistently winning her battles with Lincoln pitchers as she compiled a 3-for-4 mark at the plate to lead Little Lady Bucs hitting lineup. Marple was also a menace on the base paths, stealing a team-high three bases to cap off a strong overall day.

Defensively, young pitcher Rebecca Pastorius got starting nod in the pitching circle for B-UMS against Lincoln. Pastorius only allowed four total hits and two runs, while coming away with six strikeouts on the day.  

Then on Wednesday, May 4 the Little Lady Bucs racked up another blowout, this time against Taylor County Middle School by a final score of 16-1.  

This game was never in question as the Little Lady Bucs got the scoring started early, as Avery Hamer drew a walk during her at-bat, scoring the game’s opening run. The Little Lady Bucs continued to show off the firepower that their talented hitting lineup boasts, as B-UMS added eight runs to their lead in the third innings. The power-packed bags of Marple, Coffman, Hamer, Pastorius and Reese Curry, all had big outings in the innings, with each driving in runs in the frame. 

As a team, the Little Lady Bucs were on top of things at the plate, tallying seven hits against Lincoln. Both Hamer and Curry turned in particularly notable performances, as they each collected two hits apiece to lead the offensive charge for B-UMS.  

To complement her outstanding offensive contributions, Marple was also the winning pitcher for Little Lady Bucs. The young righty ace was on-point with her precision and control from the circle all game long, only allowing two hits and one run over the span of four innings, while striking out five and only walking one.   

On the rare occasion that a Lincoln batter would make contact with one of Marple’s pitches, her teammates always had her back, as the Little Lady Bucs didn’t commit a single error in the field, surely a treatment to the wonderful job their coaching staff has done them throughout this season. 

The Little Lady Buds were not quieter finished yet on Thursday, May 5 the Little Lady Bucs claimed their third double-digit run win in as many days by beating rival Elkins Middle School by a final score of 14-3.  

Reagan Mason got things started for the Little Lady Bucs in the first inning as she belted a single on a 1-1 count, striking the game’s first blow.  

After scoring two runs in the second inning, the Little Lady Bucs never looked back, pulling away for good with a constant barrage of runs. A six run sixth inning was the cherry on top for an utterly dominant start to the month of May for the girls of the B-UMS softball team. The quartet of Hamer Lainey, Rohr, Reese Curry, and Sophie Lantz all featured heavily in that sixth inning offensive run, with each driving in runs in the frame as the Bucs put the nail on the Tigers coffin Thursday evening. Seven Little Lady Bucs players Marple, Lantz, Coffman, Mason, Hamer, Rohr and Curry all recorded efficient outings, with each finishing with multiple hits. Four of the seven, Mason, Coffman, Lantz and Marple, managed three hits to collectively lead the team in hits.  

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