TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur 11-and-under Little Lady Buccaneers Softball Team (14-5) led rival Lewis County wire-to-wire en route to a dominate with a 16-1 home win last week on Thursday, May 5.
The Little Lady Bucs seized control of the lead early, after scoring five runs in the first inning. The Little Lady Bucs struck first after scoring on a passed ball during Halle Moody’s at bat, before also scoring on an error with Squires at bat, a single by Haylee McQuain, a single by Jaylee Wayts in the first inning and finally a McQuain scored on a wild pitch to cap off a huge offensive inning for B-U.
The Little Lady Bucs never let their foot off the gas, extending their lead to 10-1 after the second inning. Just for good measure, the Little Lady Bucs tallied six more runs in the third inning, as Isabella Snyder, Shannon Cartwright, Moody and Squires all got in on the action, each contributing to yet another efficient offensive inning for B-U with each recording RBIs.
Heading into the fourth inning, B-U held a commanding 16-1 lead and Lewis County would have to get something going offensively to stay in the game. With the game largely in hand, Moody came in to relieve McQuain in the pitcher’s circle for the Little Lady Bucs. Moody ended the Little Minutemaids dream of a comeback attempt, pitching a nearly flawless fourth inning to seal the win.
Despite Moody finishing out the game in relief, it was McQuain that was credited picked up the win. The combination of speed and control allowed her to dominate her battles with Lewis County batters all evening long. McQuain only surrendering one run on three hits, while striking out five and walking zero over the span of three innings pitched and threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Offensively, young versatile combo pitcher/second baseman/third baseman Jaylee Wayts put together a perfect 2-for-2 mark at the plate to lead the team in hits. Wayts’ strong day at the plate was highlighted by a scored run and an RBI. As a team, the Little Lady Bucs tore up the base paths, seamlessly navigating their way home, as three players recorded at least two stolen bases. In terms of thievery on the base paths, Payton Brown was the Bucs top performer, leading the team with three stolen bases, while both Moody and Kristine Frye finished with two stolen bases each.
This win is just the latest in what has been a tremendous season for the Little Lady Bucs softball team, who move to 16-1 with the win. Collectively, the team has been playing lights out, with the coaching staff ensuring the proper development of each young player. With these up and coming group of talented young ladies, the future of softball in Upshur County is bright.