BUFFALO, W.Va. - Getting on base was no issue for Buffalo on Friday, but ensuring runs in the Bison's Class A Region 4 softball title game was the challenge.
"Nerves were a big component to this game, but so was pitching. Never facing this team or pitcher made the girls anxious and they were getting ahead of themselves," Coach Darrell Moore said.
Center fielder Olivia Dunn took advantage of her opportunities. She found her way on base each time she came to the plate, scoring what proved to be the winning run in the fourth inning of a 2-0 Bison win.
The win sends Buffalo to the Class A State Tournament next week in Vienna. The Bison (31-4) will play Wheeling Central (21-8) in the first game of the tournament, at 9:45 a.m.
Dunn was 2-for-2 with a walk.
"When I'm due, I have to get on base no matter how I do it," she said
Advancing twice on passed balls, Dunn scored on a crucial sacrifice bunt by third baseman Katie Allen that broke a scoreless tie. Katie Higginbotham scored in the fifth on a Dunn single, cushioning Buffalo's lead late in the game.
"We were playing very well and the excitement makes us confident. I got on base, so I knew I was going to score because the team performs best when confident," Dunn said.