Elkins to visit Bucs today

TENNERTON – Big 10 Conference rivals Elkins and Buckhannon-Upshur will clash at 7 p.m. today in a Class AAA, Region II semifinal contest at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

“I think it’s going to be a battle,” Tigers coach Ashley Cameron said. “If both teams bring their ‘A’ game, then it’s going to a great game to watch. If one team doesn’t, then the other team is going to dominate.”

The Tigers (14-10) will pitch sophomore Alyssa Harper, while the Bucs (15-13) will send Cora McDaniels to the mound.

“Alyssa has been doing a good job locating her pitches,” Cameron said. “She’s been hitting the spots and keeping the batters off balance.”

McDaniels has won three straight and B-U coach Levi Bender says she is on a hot streak.

“(McDaniels) shut out Lewis County in the sectionals,” Bender said. “She also pitched a perfect game in Game 2. She’s really been throwing well.”

Offensively, the Bucs will rely on senior Julie Tenney to get runs across the plate. She is currently hitting .630 on the season. Other key players include seniors Alexis McDaniels, Sarah Ling and Lindsay Wagoner.

“(Tenney) gets on base more than half the time,” Bender said. “Having her at the top of the lineup is key for us. We’ve been hitting good as a team. When she gets on base, we score runs.”

The Tigers’ offense is anchored by junior Jordan Hart and freshman Haley Collett. Cameron said both players did well during the regular season.

“They are the key to our offense,” Cameron said. “If they get a hit or get on base, it jumpstarts everything for the rest of our line up. It’s very important that they play well.”

The winner of today’s game will face the victor of Musselman/Hedgesville for the regional championship.

Tygarts Valley, meanwhile, will host Notre Dame in Class A, Region II semifinal action.

The Bulldogs, who defeated Tucker County to capture the sectional title, are led by veteran pitcher Charity Lower.

Danielle Johnson, Kelsey Wyss and Makayla Harris each had four hits in Tygarts Valley’s 10-6 sectional-clinching victory over the Mountain Lions, while Lower added three safeties.

The victory of today’s game will face either Pendleton County or Moorefield in the regional championship game.