FAIRMONT — Last Thursday, March 31, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Softball Team (3-3) traveled North to take on the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears. In their last game, Head Coach Levi Bender and his Lady Bucs collected their third win of the season over rival Elkins in dominating fashion by a final score of 22-3. Entering the game, Coach Bender sought to keep his team playing as efficiently as they did against the Tigers.
Despite a slow start offensively for both teams, scoring picked up in the top of the third inning as the Lady Bucs scored 2 runs to break a scoreless tie. The Polar Bears responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to head into the top of the fifth inning holding a slim 4-3 advantage. After the fifth inning, it looked as if the Polar Bears were going to be able to keep the Lady Bucs from stealing the road win, clinging to a 6-4 lead. However, momentum began to shift in the top of the sixth inning as Brooklyn Robinson hit a hard to handle ground ball, which a Polar Bear player juggled when trying to field, allowing Taylor Spratt to score. Sophomore Jansen Kimble singled on a 1-1 count to score another run to even the score at 6-6 heading into the seventh inning. Coach Bender’s Lady Bucs snatched the lead late in the game with a huge final inning, scoring 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning, while holding the Polar Bears scoreless to secure a 10-6 victory over Fairmont Senior. Taylor Spratt singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run to break the flood gates. Meghan Bailey doubled on a line drive to center field, bringing home both Spratt and McDaniels before being brought home herself on another single off Kimble’s bat minutes later.
The Lady Bucs totaled 14 hits in the game, with Kimble, Spratt, Bailey and McDaniels all recording multiple hits. Kimble led B-U with an efficient 4-5 mark from the plate, notching 2 RBIs and adding another run herself.
While the offensive fireworks from both teams stole the show, Kimble nonetheless put together a strong appearance on the mound for the Lady Bucs, in addition to her offensive contributions. The young righthander allowed three hits and six runs over seven innings, while striking out three Polar Bear batters.