ELKINS — Senior shortstop Shelby McDaniels hit a grand slam over the left field fence, highlighting a dominant 2 hit, 5 RBI performance, leading the Lady Buccaneers over Route 33 rival Elkins, by a score of 22-3 on Wednesday, March 30.
The Lady Bucs offense came out swinging, managing to score 5 runs in the game’s opening inning. Sophomore Jansen Kimble got the starting nod at pitcher for Head Coach Levi Bender. Kimble took full advantage of the opportunity, coming out and showing great speed and control from the mound to start the game, shutting out the Tigers to close out the first inning.
The Lady Bucs offense exploded for 8 runs in the top of the second inning. The Lady Bucs’ huge inning was kickstarted when Brooklyn Robinson singled to bring home freshman Taylor Spratt. Senior Meghan Bailey took advantage of a fielding error by the Tigers to go up 7-0. Freshman Kailey Hart followed up Spratt’s at-bat with another single. After senior Robin Ball was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded, setting the scene for McDaniels’ grand slam. The senior shortstop’s monster hit put the Lady Bucs up 13-0 at the end of the second inning.
After only allowing Elkins to score 2 runs in the bottom of the second, they went back to work offensively, as Robin Ball hit a 3-run homer in the top of the third inning to push the Lady Bucs’ lead to 16-2. Spratt’s consistently solid bat nailed a line drive double to right field, allowing McDaniels to come home, further extending the lead to 17-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning.
The Lady Bucs allowed the Tigers to hit a home run in the bottom of the third, but immediately tightened up, keeping Elkins off the board for the rest of the inning. Heading into the top of the fourth, the Lady Bucs held a commanding 17-3 lead. Kimble smashed a 2-run home run on just the second at-bat of the inning for the Lady Bucs as a team. The Lady Bucs third homer of the day put their lead at 19-3, but the scoring barrage was not quite over, as McDaniels brought home Katarah Linger on a double, Spratt singled to bring Ball home and a walk with the bases loaded that allowed McDaniels to score. Three quick, successive strikeouts from Kimble’s reliable arm brought the game to an end. Kimble pitched a complete game, only allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 3 batters.
“We are stringing together multiple great at-bats, working counts getting from down 0-2 to on base. Our team has greatly improved just by making some mechanical adjustments. Taylor Spratt and Jansen Kimble have really stepped up and played big for us in the last couple of games. I am proud of the way they played,” said Bender.
The win over the Tigers moves the Lady Bucs overall record to 3-3 on the year.