Burdette powers Buffalo three-peat
VIENNA, W.Va. -- It's hard to differentiate between which was more valuable on Thursday -- the arm of Buffalo's Ali Burdette or Burdette's bat.
The answer? Burdette's arm and bat.
Burdette hit a home run in the first inning and made the run stand up with her shutout pitching as Buffalo earned its third consecutive Class A state softball championship in a 1-0 win over Moorefield.
Moorefield got its bats on the ball, collecting nine hits against Burdette, but each time there was a threat the pitcher and her defense were there to shut it down.
The Buffalo sophomore ended the contest with eight strikeouts -- including two for the final outs of the contest after Moorefield had advanced runners to first and second with one out in the seventh inning.
The final strikeout was Moorefield's Brooke Riggleman, who had each game-winning hit in the Yellowjackets two wins in the tournament.
Katie Higginbotham came up with one of the game's most crucial defensive plays when she gunned down a Moorefield runner at home in the third inning.
Burdette then thwarted a chance in the fourth inning when Moorefield advanced runners to second and third with one out.
After getting a glove on a shot back to her, Burdette faked the throw to first and whirled back to third, catching Moorefield's Katelyn Willis moving toward home. Burdette's throw got Wills and the jam was averted.
MOOREFIELD 000 000 0 -- 0 9 0
BUFFALO 100 000 x -- 1 5 2
W -- Burdette. L -- Zuber.
Hitting: (M) Beth 2-4, 2B; Wills 2-3, 2B; (B) Burdette 2-3, 2B, HR, run, RBI; Christy 2-3.