Buffalo’s softball team whacked 26 hits and scored 33 runs last week in defeating Seymour 15-0 and Halfway 18-6. With these wins, the Lady Bison evened their record at 6-6.

The Lady Bison’s game at home against Seymour on Sept. 18 lasted only four innings because of the 15-inning rule. Buffalo tallied two runs in the opening inning, five in the second and eight in the fourth to lead 15-0 after four frames. In the meantime, Buffalo pitcher Katelyn Gillispie didn’t allow any hits. 

Freshman first baseman Bella Young led the offense with three doubles and four runs batted in. Catcher Kelsey Williams was two for two at the plate with two walks and an RBI.

Young drove in both Williams and Darby Armstrong with a double in the opening inning for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Dixie Gruber drew a base on balls and later scored on a passed ball. Armstrong cracked a two-run double to centerfield, plating Emily Rice and Williams, and she scored on a single by Makayla Short. Short was able to score on Young’s second double of the contest.

In the fourth inning the Lady Bison racked up  eight runs after there were two outs. Williams tripled and scored when Short reached base on an error. That opened the door for the Lady Bison, who had four doubles by Young, Allie Maddux, Gruber and Williams, plus a single by Emily Rice.

At Halfway on Thursday, Buffalo led 12-2 after just two innings and went on to win 18-6. Veteran shortstop Emily Rice led the attack with three hits and three RBI. Short also registered three hits, and Armstrong, Young, Maddux and Gruber each had two hits.

A seven-run first inning gave the Lady Bison a jump-start to victory. Emily Rice got things started with a single to left field, then Williams and Armstrong walked. Rice and Williams scored on a double by Short, followed by a two-run triple by Young. Emily Rice later doubled to score Jada Watson and Maddux.

Buffalo rallied for five more runs in the second as Armstrong, Watson and Maddux all crunched doubles and Short added a single.

The Lady Bison picked up an insurance run in the fourth when Young singled and scored on an error to make it 13-3.  Halfway answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. 

Buffalo put the game away in the top of the sixth with five more runs. Allie Maddux and Armstrong belted doubles in the inning while Short, Emily Rice and Williams each had a single. The game was called at the end of six because of the 10-run rule.

Allie Maddux was the starting pitcher and got the win. She went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on four hits while fanning four batters and walking seven. Gillispie hurled the last two and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on three hits.

Buffalo was scheduled to host Weaubleau yesterday (Tuesday) and will play in the Ozark Mountain Conference Tournament on Saturday.

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