It’s district tournament time for softball, and sixth-seeded Buffalo begins play today (Wednesday) against third-seeded Bolivar at Logan-Rogersville High School. It’s a tough district in that none of the six teams had losing records, at least at the time of the seeding meeting.
Fourth-seeded Springfield Hillcrest gets things started against fifth-seeded Marshfield at 4:30 p.m., and the Buffalo vs. Bolivar contest follows at 6 p.m.
The winner of Hillcrest-Marshfield will play top-seeded Logan-Rogersville on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The winner of Buffalo-Bolivar will pay second-seeded Reeds Spring Thursday at 6 p.m.
The championship game will be played Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.
In the meantime, Buffalo pounded Clinton 20-0 in a home game that lasted only two and a half innings because of the 15-run rule. In that victory, the Lady Bison cracked out nine hits and drew eight walks, with Allie Maddux and Madison Bennett leading the way with two hits apiece.
Maddux, Darby Armstrong and Dixie Gruber each had a double in the contest, and Emily Rice, Kelsey Williams and Jada Watson each had a single.
Buffalo rallied for 11 runs in the first inning and picked up nine more in the second. Maddux pitched for Buffalo, giving up two hits and striking out eight batters.
In what proved to be a strange game, Branson took an early 13-1 lead, but had to fight off a tenacious Buffalo squad and finally edged the Lady Bison 13-12.
Buffalo had 13 hits, including three by Emily Rice, who also drove in three runs. One of her hits was a triple and Williams also cracked a triple. Makayla Short also had three hits, including a double, while Armstrong and Bennett each had two hits. Williams, Savannah Rice and Maddux each had one hit.
Branson scored eight runs in the second inning and five in the third for a 13-1 advantage. Buffalo fought back with four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh.