Little Lady Bucs Softball Team sweep triple-header held at LC

B-U 11-and-under pitcher Haylee McQuain dominated rival Lewis County for the better part of three games from her perch toeing the runner for the Little Lady Bucs. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

WESTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur 11-and-under Little Lady Buccaneer softball coaching staff, consisting of Brian McQuain, Chris Brown and Sarah Kesling boast a team that is loaded with young talent across the board. The Little Lady Bucs have been on a tear through the better part of the first two months of the season, getting off to a 4-2 start to the 2022 season.  

The Little Lady Bucs traveled to Weston for a rare road triple-header, on Saturday, April 16, with the chance to avenge a loss in their prior match-up just a few days prior.  

In the first game, the Little Lady Bucs came out with a victory, by a final score of 10-5. Kolbi Orr singled to drive in Payton Brown in the top of the first inning to get the scoring started. Haylee McQuain drilled a two-run home-run on the very next at-bat to push the Little Lady Bucs’ lead to 3-0. After Madison Brown drove in Ali Triplett, B-U had built an early 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning and never looked back, earning the wire-to-wire win.  

In addition to smashing a homer, McQuain got the starting nod for the Little Lady Bucs in game 1. McQuain put together a strong outing in the circle, allowing seven hits and five runs, while striking out 8 Little Minutemaid batters and walking zero over the span of four innings pitched.  

In the second game, the Little Lady Bucs 11-and-under team kept the positive momentum on offense rolling with their consistent bats leading the way, collectively racking up 13 hits in a 11-1 win. Much like game 1, the Bucs got off to a 4-0 lead and held on for the rest of the game. The Little Lady Bucs didn’t wait long to start the offensive fireworks, as Payton Brown scored on a wild pitch, then McQuain hit a fly ball, freeing up Zoey Burr to score. The Little Lady Bucs added two more runs in the second inning before notching five runs in the third. The third inning offensive run was led by Makenna Marsh, Brown, Halle Moody, Braylea Squires and Burr, who each had RBIs in the inning. 

Moody earned the win in the circle for game number 2. The young hurler only surrendered one run on one hit over the span of four innings, while striking out eight Minutemaid batters and not walking any.  

Game number 3, proved to be a battle from start to finish as the Little Lady Bucs faced much more resistance from the Little Minutemaids, who were desperately trying to avoid the series sweep and salvage the triple-header. After not getting off to the fast scoring start they enjoyed in both of the first two games, the Little Lady Bucs entered the top of the fourth inning trailing 5-4. The Little Lady Bucs tied the fame at 5-5 after Braylea Squires hit a line-drive to right field allowing Payton Brown to score. That run sparked a decisive 4 run fourth inning that put the Little Lady Bucs up for good.  

McQuain got the start in the circle the game for B-U. The pitcher allowed three hits and four runs over the span of two innings, striking out five Minutemaids, while not walking any. Squires came in and earned the victory in relief of McQuain. The hurler only allowed one hit and one run over the span of three innings pitched, striking out five and not walking any. 


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