Little Lady Bucs 11-U Softball dominate Bridgeport

Jaylee Wayts, one of many versatile talents that represent the B-U 11-under softball team. Wayts, pictured here locked-in scanning the action from her spot in the infield, has put together an amazing streak of games, excelling in all facets of hitting, pitching and fielding. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur 11-and-under softball team picked up wins 12 and 13 on the season this past week, as they blew out the Bridgeport Little Indians in a pair of meetings on Monday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 27.  

In game one, the Little Lady Bucs earned a 14-2 road win, convincingly beating the Bridgeport behind an outstanding all-around performance. The Little Lady Bucs got the scoring started after Braylea Squires doubled on a 3-1 count, driving in Halle Moody for the game’s opening run. The Little Lady Bucs stayed hot from the plate for the remainder of the first inning, scoring four more runs to build a 5-0 lead heading into the second inning. The game morphed into a pitcher’s duel in the second inning, with neither team able to score the score held firm at 5-0, advantage Little Lady Bucs.

The Little Lady Bucs warmed up from the plate after a quiet second inning, scoring four runs in the third and five runs in the fourth and final inning to seal the 14-2 blow-out win over the Little Indians in game one.  

As a team the Little Lady Bucs collected 15 total hits. The Little Lady Bucs potent offense was led by the Squires and Jaylee Wayts. Squires recorded a perfect 3-3 mark from the plate, scoring three runs and driving in three RBIs, while Wayts was a star for the Little Lady Bucs. Jaylee, a young multi-talented third baseman, starred for the Little Lady Bucs again, just a few days removed from one of the best pitching debuts in recent memory against Elkins, where she showed off her versatility by striking out 14 Tiger batters followed that brilliant performance up with another strong outing against Bridgeport in which she matched Squires’ perfect 3-3 mark from the plate, scoring two runs and driving in four RBIs. 

Zoey Burr got the starting nod for the Little Lady Bucs in the pitching circle. Burr earned the win after only surrendering two runs, three hits and no walks, all the while striking out eight Little Indian batters over the span of four innings.  

In game two, the Little Lady Bucs welcomed the Indians to the Larry West Complex for a game on Wednesday, April 27. Moody got the start in the circle for the B-U 11-and-under team for the second game of this home-and-home series with Bridgeport. Moody kept the streak of electric performances from the Little Lady Bucs’ bullpen, throwing a no-hitter, helping lead the Little Lady Bucs to a shutout win by a final score of 15-0. The young pitcher was dominate allowing zero hits, runs or walks while striking out eight over the span of five innings pitched. Moody also packed quite the ouch offensively, going long in the fourth inning.  

The young ladies from B-U never let any room for doubt, battering Bridgeport with a relentless barrage of unanswered runs. The Little Lady Bucs scored five runs in the first, four in the third and six in the decisive fourth inning, all the while keeping the Little Indians off the scoreboard.  

As a team, the Little Lady Bucs tallied 11 hits on the day. Halle Moody, Payton Brown, Haylee McQuain and Zoey Burr all recorded a multiple hit day, with each coming away with two base hits apiece. With the pair of wins, the Little Lady Bucs move to 13-4 during the 2022 season.  

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