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THE BLACK EAGLES' appearance in the MSAC playoffs came as a result of scheduling. South Charleston edged out St. Albans for the No. 4 seed, although by looking at standings based upon won-loss records.
St. Albans finished the league season with a 10-3 record against MSAC opponents, with South Charleston finishing 9-3. SA beat South Charleston in the teams' only head-to-head meeting, at SC on April 6.
South Charleston's rating average was higher than SA's, however. St. Albans (19-4) had yet to play Riverside (17-13) when the pairings were decided last Sunday. Meanwhile, South Charleston had not played either Beckley or Princeton. Those teams constituted the 13th (Beckley) and 15th (Princeton) place teams in the league's final standings.
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BUFFALO'S DROP from the No. 1 spot in the West Virginia Sportswriters Class A poll on April 15 has been met with an eight-game winning streak that includes a 3-1 road win at Class AAA No. 7 Morgantown last Saturday. Bison sophomore Ali Burdette held the Mohigans (19-8) to three hits.
Buffalo was 20-4 entering Thursday's doubleheader against Van.
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KYLA SHULL'S four-hitter of No. 3 Hurricane (25-5) in Cabell Midland's 12-2 MSAC title-game victory Wednesday was perhaps a rebirth of sorts for the junior pitcher, Midland Coach Jeanne Lunsford said.
"She's had to change her style. When they moved the pitcher back a couple feet a few years ago she had to change," Lunsford said. "She used to go for faster stuff and she's had to learn to move the ball around better."
Shull has worked with Lunsford's husband and Midland (24-4) assistant coach Greg Lunsford through the course of the season to improve her breaking pitches. In her start at Hurricane on April 10, Shull gave up six hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings before being relieved by Abbie Tolbert.
Hurricane eventually won that game 15-13.
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