Little Lady Bucs score pair of rivalry wins against Philip Barbour, Elkins to cap off undefeated week

#10 Kynnedy Marple gets ready to unwind a pitch. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Girls’ Softball Team (3-1) entered this past week with two of their more anticipated games on their 2022 season schedule against Route #33 rivals, Philip Barbour and Elkin. The Little Lady Bucs dismantled both area opponents, scoring 34 combined runs over the span of both games. Fueled by their overwhelming offensive firepower, the Lady Bucs two victories this week move them to (5-1) on the season. 

The Lady Bucs started their week of with a trip to the “Barbour County Zoo” to square off against the Phillies. The Little Lady Bucs wasted no time drawing first blood, finding the scoreboard after Reese Curry was hit by a pitch, driving in a run. After holding Philip Barbour scoreless in the bottom of the first inning, the Little Lady Bucs scored 3 second inning runs to stretch their lead to 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second. An error by the Phillies allowing, both Rebecca Pastorius and Sophia Lantz to score, before Avery Hamer hit a sacrifice fly to bring Sarah Coffman home.  

After finally allowing Philip Barbour to get on the scoreboard with a single run apiece in the second and third innings, the Little Lady Bucs held a slim 4-2 advantage heading into the fourth inning. The Little Lady Bucs came out seemingly determined to put this game out of reach once and for all, scoring an astounding 10 runs over the game’s final two innings to cruise to a 14-5 victory. The Little Lady Bucs lethal offensive arsenal of bats at their disposal was led by Rebecca Pastorius, Emily Bacorn, Kynnedy Marple, Sarah Coffman and Lainey Rohr, all of which scored runs during this late game surge.  

Pitcher Lainey Rohr got to starting nod for the Little Lady Bucs first game of the week, earning the victory toeing the rubber. The young right-hander pitched a full five innings, only giving up 5 hits and 5 runs, with sitting down 8 Philip Barbour batters.  

The Little Lady Bucs followed their dominating performance against Philip Barbour with an equally impressive 10-run, 20-10 victory over Elkins at home this past Tuesday, April 12. The B-UMS softball team picked up right where they left off in their last game, scoring 7 runs over the span of a first two innings full of offensive fireworks.  

Entering the third inning, the Little Lady Bucs held a commanding 7-0 lead, yet almost watched as that lead evaporated as Elkins scored 8 runs in the top of the third to push themselves out in front by a slim. 8-7 margin. The Little Lady Bucs weathered the worst of the Elkins run, responding with 5 scores in the bottom of the third to regain a 13-8 lead. In that decisive third inning, Kynnedy Marple singled on a 3-0 count, driving in a run, before Reese Curry singled on a 1-0 count to score another run. A fielding error allowed the Little Lady Bucs to score two more runs before Reagan Mason singled on a 1-2 count to scoring the Little Lady Bucs last run of the inning. The Little Lady Bucs would only surrender 2 more runs all game, both coming in the decisive fifth inning as Elkins was making one final desperate push to cut into the B-UMS lead. B-UMS stayed busy offensively in the fourth inning, scoring 8 runs, with Hamer, Marple, Pastorius, Shaylee Hebb and Kallie Perry all registering RBIs in the inning. 

This game was highlighted by busy bats for both teams and plenty of action on the basepaths as the Little Lady Bucs collected 19 total hits, compared to just 6 for Elkins. Offensively, Lantz, Marple, Rohr, Curry and Pastorius each racked up multiple hits for Lady Bucs, with Lantz leading the way with a perfect 4-for-4 mark at the plate. Marple led the team with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases. 

Marple earned the win for Little Lady Bucs on the mound. The young ace pitched for four and two-thirds innings, allowing ten runs on six hits, while striking out five batters in that time. Hamer threw one-third of an inning in relief of Marple out of the Little Lady Bucs’ bullpen. 

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