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Bucktail defeats Sugar Valley to improve to 2-0

KEVIN RAUCH/For The Express Bucktail’s Kayla Probert looks to lay down a bunt in Bucktail’s 16-1 win against Sugar Valley on Tuesday.

FARWELL — For the second game in a row, Bucktail needed just three innings to claim a 15 run, mercy-rule victory. This time it was against Sugar Valley, 16-1, Tuesday.

The Phoenix went up 1-0 after a double and error led to a run, but overall it was too much Bucktail power at the plate and in the field as the Bucks cruised to the win.

Bucktail doesn’t have a single senior on the team and with freshmen like Mackenzie Wagner at the ready to pitch on any day, it would appear this team is going to be good for a long time. Wagner allowed just the one hit in her starting debut, striking out four in two innings of work. Emma Poorman relieved Wagner and pitched the top of the third, striking out all three batter she faced.

The Bucks led 9-1 after the first where they saw offensive output throughout the line-up paced by Hailey Burrow’s three-RBI triple. Poorman added a two-RBI double and Wagner and Rayleigh Isaacs each added RBI singles all in the top of the first. Jordan Burrows added a two-RBI single in the second where Wagner had the hardest hit of the game with a double that scored one and landed just short of the center field fence.

Defensively, Bucktail isn’t getting a ton of work thanks to Wagner and Poorman in the circle, but Lilly Francis provided a defensive gem in the top of the second. A bloop hit appeared as though it was going to drop into shallow right field, but Francis tracked it down, making a full extension stretch, reaching back and snaring the ball well into the outfield grass.

Bucktail coach Mike Poorman would like to see his team get a little more defensive work, but overall is thrilled at the 2-0 start.

“They put the ball in play a few times, when everything is going so well I think we’re getting a little lazy on defense, I’m looking forward to playing a game where the defense gets to become more of a factor to see where we’re at” Poorman said.

“Our pitching is good. We’re hitting the ball hard. They (Phoenix) had some errors, but it’s because we’re stinging the ball” Poorman added.

Having played two games, the Buck have already had their second game postponed due to COVID issues with their would-be opponents. With Thursday’s game canceled, Bucktail is slated to host Williamson on Saturday at noon.

“Williamson was 1-1 last time I looked and the Northern Tier League is a pretty tough league,” Poorman said. “They will come to play and, win or lose, I think we need some pressure put on us right now.”

Bucktail 16, Sugar Valley 1

(3 INNINGS)

Sugar Valley 100 — 1 1 0

Bucktail 961 — 16 14 0

Mackenzie Wagner, Emma Poorman (3) and (n/a). B. Swanger and (n/a).

Top Sugar Valley hitters: T. McKeague 1-1, run. Top Bucktail hitters: J. Burrows 3-3, 4 RBIs, 3 runs; Hailey Burrows 1-3, 3 RBIs, run; M. Wagner 2-3, 2 RBIs; E. Poorman 1-1, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; R. Isaacs 1-3, RBI, run; J. Green 2-2, 2 runs; L. Francis 1-2, 3 runs; A. Lowery 1-2, RBI, 2 runs; G. DeMarte 1-1; K. Barnes 1-1.

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