Tigers bow in regional semifinals

After enduring a week of delays and postponements, Buckhannon-Upshur finally secured a spot in the Class AAA, Region II title game with a 10-0 win in five innings over Elkins Thursday at Elkins Middle School.

The Bucs (19-11) will host Jefferson at 4 p.m. today with a spot in the state tournament on the line.

“It took a week to play but our girls took care of business today,” B-U coach Tom Hasbrouck said. “Being up four (runs) entering the game, we hoped we could get a big inning and make it a short game.

“I was pleased with the way the girls have continued to practice each day this week and keep themselves focused.”

Megan Williams earned the win on the mound for the Bucs. She allowed just one hit, struck out five and walked one.

“Megan came out strong today, allowing just a hit to the first batter (she faced),” Hasbrouck said. “Then she settled down to retire the next six, and four of those by strike outs.”

B-U put the game away in the top of the fifth, striking for six runs.

Brooklyn Waddell and Claire Linger each had three RBIs for the Bucs, while Claire Davis knocked in a pair.

Michaela Lewis-Lambert took the loss for the Tigers in five innings of work. She gave up 10 runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out six.

Hailey Collins had the lone hit for Elkins.

“I want to thank our three seniors (Kelsi Trippett, Lewis-Lambert and Kari Rudiger) for what they have done over the last four years,” Elkins coach Corinne Palmer said.

“I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

Elkins finishes its season with a 9-15 record.

The Tigers captured their first sectional title in school history this year by defeating Hampshire.