Buffalo has held a firm grip onto West Virginia Class A softball the last five years by winning five straight state championships.
The Bison, however, are struggling this spring to hold onto their dynasty.
That was further evident on Monday as the Man High School Lady Billies went to Buffalo and pounded on the Bison 11-1.
Man, now 15-3 on the season, made easy work of the Bison in just five innings as the game was halted due to the mercy rule.
The Lady Billies got the scoring started early in the first inning when senior Savannah McCormack led off with a walk and junior Sydney Keffer got a single to left field.
Senior and Chapmanville transfer Cyndee Lambert then crushed the ball to left field and picked up two RBIs.
Man added another run in the second when pitcher Emilee Walker singled to right field and scored off the bat of sophomore left fielder Morgan Muncy.
Things busted open in the third inning for the Lady Billies as they plated five runs off the bats of Emilee Toler, Madison Paynter, Grace Cline, Walker, Keffer, Lambert and McCormack.
In the fourth, Cline started off the inning by reaching on a misplayed ball to left field and eventually scored on an overthrow.
Buffalo answered in the bottom of the fourth as pitcher Chase Christie led off with a walk and scored on a series of fielder’s choice plays.
The Lady Billies tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth and held Buffalo scorless in the last half of the frame to evoke the mercy rule.
Lambert led Man offensively, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two singles and four RBIs. Walker, Keffer and Cline had two hits each while McCormack, Toler, Paynter and Muncy each had a hit in the contest.
Walker got the win on the mound, going five innings, striking out six, walking two and allowing four hits. Christie suffered the loss for Buffalo.
The Man JV team also scored a 9-1 mercy victory over Buffalo, improving their record to 10-0 on the season.
Man was scheduled to travel to Chapmanville on Tuesday. Man plays at Wyoming East on Wednesday and hosts Westside on Thursday. All games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln County 4,
Lincoln County shut out the Logan High School softball team 4-0 on Monday night in Hamlin.
Logan (13-9), coming off a 3-2 showing over the weekend at the Best of the Best Tournament at Buffalo, had beaten Lincoln County 8-7 just last Friday in the tourney. Logan still took the season series with LCHS 2-1, also taking a 6-5 win over the Lady Panthers on March 25 at home.
Hana Sedlock suffered the loss in the hill for the Lady Cats in Monday’s game. She allowed four runs but only two were earned as LHS committed four errors.
Mahoghani Patton, Kelsey Ward and Brooklyn Queen all singled for Logan.
“We just didn’t come ready to play,” LHS coach Randy Robinette said. “All of the hard work and gains that we made over the weekend were lost. We just went through the motions.”
Logan is slated to play at Poca on Wednesday and then at Point Pleasant on Friday in a pair of 5:30 p.m. games.
The Chapmanville Regional High School softball team ran its record to 19-4 overall and 9-2 in the Cardinal Conference with Monday’s 6-0 win at home over Wayne in league action.
The Lady Tigers have won six straight games, including a 5-0 showing and Class AA-A title over the weekend at the Best of the Best tourney at Buffalo. CRHS had defeated Wirt County 13-1 in the semifinals then easily won 9-1 over Weirton Madonna in the finals.
No statistics were reported to the Logan Banner.
Chapmanville hosted Man on Tuesday and go to Mingo Central on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).