Hurricane, Lincoln County impressive
BUFFALO -- The first day of the Best of the Best softball tournament at Buffalo had several local teams faring well and putting themselves in contention to advance.
Hurricane and Lincoln County both earned a pair of mercy-rule shortened wins while Logan also finished undefeated at 2-0. Cabell Midland and Buffalo, who is playing up a division, ended up 1-1 on the day.
Cabell Midland suffered an upset loss against Scott in one of the day's final games to put the Knights in a must-win situation against University at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For Hurricane, it was an easy-going afternoon full of runs as the Redskins dismantled University 13-0 in their first game.
Hurricane later forced the same fate on Nicholas County, defeating the Grizzlies 11-1 in the 8 p.m. contest.
Lincoln County also made a quick day for itself, earning a pair of 10-0 victories over Chapmanville and Parkersburg South.
In the Panthers' first game, Brooke West hit her first career home run to jumpstart the win over Chapmanville.
Logan's wins came in a bit harder fashion - a 6-2 win over Shady Spring and a 2-0 decision over University.
Buffalo, the defending Class A state champions, decided to play in the Class AA/AAA division this year, started the day with an 8-0 win over Nicholas County before falling to Shady Spring 5-4.
Cabell Midland also struggled a bit on the day, defeating Sissonville 6-3 before falling to Scott 7-5 in the nightcap, which was suspended for 90 minutes and moved to a different field due to darkness.
In Scott's win over the Knights, Chastity Ball hit two home runs - a two-run shot in the third to tie the game and a three-run shot in the third to give the Skyhawks the lead. Allison Johnson also homered for Scott, who finished undefeated on the day.
For Cabell Midland, Morgan Zerkle went 4-for-4 in the game while Jordan Colliflower was 3-for-3. Jenny Brumfield added a pair of hits and Savannah Eplin added a two-run single.
In the first game, the Knights got a balanced effort at the plate with Brumfield, Epling and Erin Kaplan all collecting two hits each.
However, it was pitching that helped earn the win over Sissonville.
The Indians climbed back within 4-3 in the fourth following a two-run double that hit the chalk in left field. With runners on second and third and one out, Jenna Marsh got a popout to third and a groundout to end the threat.
Both Cabell Midland and Hurricane will be back on the field at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Knights take on University while Hurricane will take on Sissonville. Buffalo and Logan meet in a crucial game at noon while Lincoln County also takes on Shady Spring at noon.
The top six teams in Class AA/AAA will advance to Saturday's championship round.