Bucs down Tigers
TENNERTON – After a 20-minute rain delay, Buckhannon-Upshur scored eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat Elkins, 14-9, in the Class AAA, regional semifinal action.
“The top of our lineup did the damage,” Bucs coach Levi Bender said. “They are four seniors and they didn’t want their season to end. When you have this type of leadership, the rest of the team feeds off of it. There isn’t anything more I could ask of them. I’m very proud of their effort.”
The Lady Bucs took the lead early, going up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. However, Elkins continued to battle, scoring runs in both the second and third innings.
Elkins took the lead in the top of the fourth, when Larel Teter connected for a two-run double to put the Tigers up 4-3. Elkins added three more runs in the sixth inning to pad their lead, 6-3.
B-U scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get within one run. Sarah Ling hit a two-run single to score Julie Tenney and Lindsay Wagoner.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shadie Sudor connected for a triple just before the game was delayed for rain. When play resumed, B-U pushed eight runs across the plate to make the score 14-7. Elkins added two runs in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t muster enough offense to take back the lead.
Cora McDaniels pitched all seven innings to pick up the victory. She gave up seven earned runs on 16 hits.
Tenney led the Lady Bucs’ offense, going 1 for 2 with three walks, three runs scored an RBI and a stolen base. Ling finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Wagoner went 4 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Alexis McDaniels added two RBI’s.
Alyssa Harper took the loss for Elkins. She pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 14 runs on 16 hits.
Teter paced the Tigers at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and five RBIs. Taylor Pingley went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, while Madison Collett went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, and Amy Fincham added a hit and two runs.
B-U (16-13) will travel to face the winner of Musselman/Hampshire County on Thursday. Game time is yet to be announced.
Moorefield 9, Pendleton 1
MOOREFIELD – Danica Rogers held Pendleton County to two hits Friday to help Moorefield defeat their conference rivals, 9-1, in a Class A, regional semifinal game.
“After a week off, I’m pleased with how we played,” Yellow Jackets coach Julie Cook said. “It took us an inning to get the bats going, then we scored five runs in the second inning. So we weren’t as rusty as some teams would be after a long delay.
“I’m impressed with the way the girls responded after a week off. They came ready to play.”
Rogers pitched seven innings to pick up the victory. She struck out six batters and gave up one earned run.
Brittany Huffman took the loss for the Wildcats. She pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, while striking out one batter. At the plate, she went 0 for 1 with a walk and scored Pendleton’s lone run.
Senior Brooklin Gilbert led the charge for Moorefield. She went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Tara George also had a good game, going 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
Brandy Roberts and Brooke Arbogast got the hits for Pendleton, while Cheyenne Pitsenbarger drove in the Huffman on a sacrifice fly.
Moorefield (22-6) will play the winner of Tygarts Valley/Notre Dame on Thursday.
High school baseball
Pendleton takes title
FRANKLIN – Pendleton County captured the sectional title with an 8-0 win over Pocahontas County on Friday
Tim Heavener went six innings, fanning eight to earn the win.
Andrew Thompson had a two-run single, Cody Lambert was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Luke Yokum 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Wildcats, who advance to regional semifinal play.