Softball Lady Bucs jump on Huskies early for 16-7 win in season debut

Robin Ball

RACHEL – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc softball team used an eight-run first inning and capitalized on seven North Marion errors as they cruised to a 16-7 victory in their 2021 season opener.

The Lady Bucs left little doubt to the outcome of the game with their big first inning.

The managed just two hits in the inning, a double from Robin Ball and a single from Morgan Frame, but took advantage of five North Marion errors, two walks and a hit batsman in the stanza.

North Marion scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but Jansen Kimble hit a one-out single, went to second on a walk and scored on an error in the top of the second for the Lady Bucs making it a 9-2 game.

The Lady Bucs chased across three runs in the top of the third making it a 12-2 game.

Katarah Linger drew a one-out walk and later scored on a passed ball and Megan Bailey had a two-run single in the inning.

North Marion scored a run in their half of the third and then pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fourth making it a 12-7 contest.

B-U never let North Marion get any closer as they scored a run in the top of the fifth when Bailey hit a triple to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayden Peters.

The Lady Bucs wrapped up the scoring with a three-run sixth inning getting a two-run double from Ball and Brooklyn Bryant scoring on an error.

The Lady Bucs collected 10 hits with Ball leading the way with two doubles and three RBIs.

Kimble earned the win pitching a complete game.

She gave up six earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.

The Lady Bucs will play again Friday in a doubleheader with Liberty.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur   813 013 – 16

North Marion                 201 400 – 7

E – Buckhannon-Upshur 4, North Marion 7. DP – None. LoB – Buckhannon-Upshur 8; North Marion 6. 2B – Ball 2. 3B – Bailey. HR – Winans. SF – Peters. SB – Ball, Robinson, Winans.

Hitting

Buckhannon-Upshur – Brooklyn Robinson c, 5 3 2 0; Robin Ball ss, 3 0 3 3; Brooklyn Bryant rf, 3 3 0 0; Jansen Kimble p, 5 3 1 0; Megan Bailey cf, 4 2 2 2; Hayden Peters lf, 3 1 1 1; Kayli Curry 1b, 4 0 0 0; McKinley Bonnett 3b, 3 1 1 2; Morgan Frame ph, 1 0 0 0; Katarah Linger 2b, 1 3 0 0. Totals 32 16 10 8.

North Marion – Bella Ice cf, 4 2 2 1; Isabella Brescoach 2b, 2 1 1 0; Ashley Winans3b, 3 1 2 4; Arianna Floyd p,4 0 0 0; Raeanna Ice ss, 3 0 0 0; Angelina Collins rf, 3 0 1 0; Breanna Shelosky c, 2 1 0 0; Jaylen Schell 1b, 3 1 0 0; Autumn Reutter eh, 3 1 1 1; Madison Deavers pr 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 7 7 6.

Pitching

Buckhannon-Upshur – Kimble (W, 1-0): 6 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

North Marion – Floyd (L): 6 innings, 10 hits, 16 runs, 6 earned runs, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts, 3 hit batsmen

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