Bucktail pummels Phoenix by 18 runs in just 4 innings
After a 10-0 loss at Montgomery on Tuesday dropped Bucktail to 8-4, the Bucks wasted no time getting back into the win column when they knocked off Sugar Valley, 21-3.
Bucktail’s final stretch of the season is all about getting healthy and not only qualifying for playoffs but hoping to not fall out of the fourth playoff spot. The Bucks and Canton have been flip-flopping the fourth and fifth seeds recently and with a home playoff game likely for the fourth seed, both teams are certainly eyeing that spot.
Coach Mike Poorman is trying to get his aces Emma Poorman and Mackenzie Wagner some rest for their arms so the team rolled out Jordan Burrows against the Phoenix. It took some work, but Burrows actually had a no-hitter going into the final inning before Summer Lamey and Isabella Blanco Bella each picked up bottom-of-the-fourth-inning hits as Bucktail closed the game out with a mercy-rule win.
“Jordan hasn’t pitched since she was 8 or 9 years old and I thought she did a remarkable job, threw strikes and let her field get some work in,” Poorman said. “Our big thing right now is getting our pitchers healthy and ready for the playoffs, which I think one more win will get us in so that’s exciting,”
“It’s tough, we came off of a rough loss at Montgomery and we didn’t see a lot of velocity today but our hitters adjusted and we really played well overall” summed up the coach.
Wagner led the way offensively for Bucktail going 4 for 4 followed by Poorman’s 3 for 4 effort which counted for five RBIs. Rayleigh Isaacs, Jordan Burrows and Haley Burrows each added pair of hits while Lily Francis had one base hit.
There are still plenty of games left for Bucktail as next week will see the Bucks host Sullivan County on Monday and play at St. John Neumann on Wednesday before getting another measuring point of where their season is when they host Muncy next Friday.
The week of May 17 will serve as make-up games with the Bucks already having an away game Sullivan County on Monday May 17, Northwest at home Wednesday, May 19 and their season finale at Benton Thursday, May 20.
Bucktail 21, Sugar Valley 3
Bucktail 571 8 — 21 14 0
Sugar Valley 200 1 — 3 2 0
Jordan Burrow and (n/a). Dakota Holdren, B. Swanger (4) and (n/a). W–Burrow. L–Holdren.
NOTES: Burrows scattered two hits, allowed three runs, had three earned runs, struck out four and walked six. … Holdren pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowed 14 hits and 21 runs, nine earned runs, walked 11 and struck out two.