VIENNA, W.Va. -- The Buffalo softball program is getting comfortable making history.
The Bison became the first program in school history to win three consecutive state titles Thursday, beating Moorefield 1-0 for their third straight Class A state championship.
There was another, perhaps more unique element of the title win for Coach Darrell Moore's team. They became the first team in State Tournament history to win a title while scoring just three runs in the entire tournament.
The Bison (34-4) beat Central 1-0 in their opener Wednesday, then beat Moorefield 1-0 in the winner's bracket Wednesday evening.
"It feels amazing to win three titles in a row, but I also think it's just another game. Improvement is what matters to me, and I couldn't ask for much more from these girls," Moore said.
Buffalo sophomore pitcher Ali Burdette again showed herself to be a force to be reckoned with in and out of the circle. As she stepped up to the plate in the first inning, she ripped the ball out of the park, scoring the game's only run on a 210-foot home run.
"I was not hitting good all weekend. I was due for something big and I knew it," Burdette said.
The homer was Burdette's second hit of the entire tournament. She singled against Central on Wednesday morning.
But her hot hands at the plate only started with a homer.
Her next at-bat, she doubled in attempt to start a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning.
As the winning pitcher in a title-game win against Moorefield for the second year in a row, Burdette had a below-average eight strikeouts.
"Usually you will see 12 or 13 strikeouts, but today Moorefield was hitting the ball," Moore said.
It was Buffalo's defense that kept zeroes on the board for Moorefield.
Burdette showed her ability to stop opponents with more than her pitching arm in the fourth inning.