CLARKSBURG - Kaylee Ritter went 4 for 5 at the plate Thursday to power Liberty to a 14-9 victory over Big 10 rival Buckhannon-Upshur.
"We were in a position to win, they just out-hit us," Bucs coach Levi Bender said. "They got ahead early, but we battled back and tied it up in the sixth inning. We just couldn't put it away. They shut the door in the seventh inning."
The Mountaineers were up 9-3 going into the sixth inning, when Lindsay Wagoner hit a bases-loaded double to ignite a six-run rally for the Bucs. Mariah Zickefoose and Katlyn Slaughter also drove in runs in the inning.
Wagoner finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Slaughter went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
Ritter paced the offense for Liberty. Aside from the four hits, she scored three runs and drove in two.
Senior Presley Lamm went 4 for 5, scored two runs and drove in one. Chelsea Mcle went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
The Bucs (8-11) will travel to Morgantown at 5 p.m. today.
North Marion 9, Elkins 1
RACHEL?- North Marion erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning in claiming a 9-1 win over Elkins in five innings Thursday in Big 10 Conference play.
Alyssa Harper took the loss, allowing nine runs, only three being earned, on eight hits. She struck out two.
Katy Reed went 1 for 2 at the plate with a run scored, while Harper was 1 for 2 with the lone RBI for the Tigers.
"We fell apart in the fourth inning," Elkins coach Ashley Cameron said. "We had way too many errors and they took advantage of them."
The Tigers (10-9) will visit Grafton at 5 p.m. today for a league contest.