Buchanan sweeps Niles softball

Buchanan third baseman Jade Mosier fires a ball to first as shortstop Emma Schmidt looks on. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

Buchanan third baseman Jade Mosier fires a ball to first as shortstop Emma Schmidt looks on. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

It was not necessarily a pretty win, but the Buchanan Bucks will take it.

Despite committing three errors in each game and walking a combined 10 batters, Buchanan was able to knock off host Niles 9-4 and 12-2 in non-league softball action Thursday.

“It is clear we have a lot of opportunities to get better, we will continue to go to work to improve in all areas of the game.   Clearly we were not at our best tonight and we made too many mistakes and Buchanan took advantage of that.

The second game was called after six innings.

Ali Kyles singled twice and homered for Buchanan, which also got three singles and a double from first game winning pitcher Sammi Luzadre.

Jayla Biss, Emma Schmidt and Ericka Donathen each had two hits for the Bucks.

Niles was led offensively by losing pitcher Brooke Timm, who had two hits.

In the nightcap, Maddie Hemphill struck out five and walked a pair of batters to earn the victory in the circle for the Bucks.

Schmidt led the Buchanan offense with three hits, while Morgan Lenox added a pair of singles.

Sadie Fountain doubled for the Vikings.



At Niles

First game

Buchanan       411     101     1 – 9 14 3

Niles                300     000     0 – 4 5 3

Sammi Luzadre (W) and Nikki Mucha; Brooke Timm (L) and Caitlin Daly.

2B: Luzadre (BU).

HR: Ali Kyles (BU).


Second game

Buchanan       032     016 – 12 8 3

Niles                100     100 – 2 2 7

Maddie Hemphill (W) and Nikki Mucha; Addison Davies (L) and Caitlin Daly.

2B: Sadie Fountain (N).

Varsity records: Buchanan: 4-0, Niles 0-3.


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