BUFFALO — Buckhannon-Upshur High School Lady Buccaneers softball senior star and recent Davis & Elkins College commit Robin Ball took full advantage of her last time donning the blue and white in Thursday, June, West Virginia Regional High School All-Star softball game. Ball earned Region I game Most Valuable Player award after smashing a home run, ending the evening with a 2-4 mark at the plate. Ball also showed off her versatility as well, playing five different positions for her team.
Helping guide Ball through the All-Star game was a group of familiar faces was the B-UHS softball coaching staff was selected to help coach the Region I West team alongside the staff of Ritchie County. With head coach Levi Bender and his assistant coaches, Tiffany Board and Jordan Hart, there to help coach up Robin and her new All-Star teammates, Ball thrived and shined against some of the top competition in the Mountain State. While Ball shined individually, the Region I team largely struggled to generate offensive, getting beat 9-1 in the first game of the day before losing 11-1 in the consolation game later that day. In spite of the losses, both Ball and Bender looked at Thursday’s games as a valuable learning experience.
Ball spoke on her All-Star game experience saying, “It was awesome to play with all of these girls, to try my hand at so many different positions, and to get to have one last game with my coaches. I was very lucky to have my high school coaches coach our team, it made me feel so much more comfortable in that environment. It was just a great experience overall. It was definitely an honor to play in this game and I’m super excited to play for and against all of these amazing softball players who have worked so hard to get where they are.”
Coach Bender spoke on Ball’s All-Star game performance, saying, “It was really special. She hit that pitch during her first at bat and I immediately just started laughing. I knew it was gone. It was such a great moment, I was so lucky to share a little part of it with her, as we shook hands as she rounded third one more time. To make it even better, she hit the homer against one of the winningest pitchers in state history (Buckner from Herbert Hoover). Regardless of the final score was, we had fun and it was great to have Robin wearing the blue and white one last time.”