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Bucktail cruises past Galeton in softball, 17-0

KEVIN RAUCH/For The Express Bucktail's Emma Poorman faced six batters and struck each one out as she and freshman Mackenzie Wagner combined for a perfect game in Bucktail's 17-0, three-inning win over Galeton.

The defending District 4 and Mid-Penn champs wasted little time letting the rest of the league know that a two-year layoff only allowed the team to reload as Bucktail needed just three innings defeat Galeton, 17-0, in the Bucks season opener on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Emma Poorman threw two three-up, three-down innings while freshman Mackenzie Wagner did the same in the top of the third as the duo combined not only for the perfect game but struck out all nine Tigers that took the plate.

With total dominance in the circle, the offense was just as explosive. Wagner’s triple in her first varsity at bat put Bucktail up, 1-0. Still in the bottom of the first fellow freshman Alexis Lowery notched a two RBI double in her first varsity action as juniors Rayleigh Isaacs, Jordan Burrows and Julie Green each picked up two RBI singles.

Following Poorman’s second trip to the mound Lowery took the plate for the second time and roped a line drive to left in the bottom of the second. As the ball rolled to the fence Lowery never stopped running moving the score to 13-0 with an in-the-park home run.

Once the Bucks were up 15-0, coach Mike Poorman had the players turn down the aggression before going up 17-0 before Wagner’s closing trip in the circle in the top of third at which following the game was over by the 15 run mercy rule.

“Defensively we didn’t get much work but with such an excellent performance that tends to happen” said coach Poorman. “I was worried about hitting, but I thought their first pitcher was decent, had some velocity but we hit her hard, it’s nice to see two freshman (Wagner and Lowery) pick up some big hits and just the whole way through the line-up I was very happy with how we hit the ball.”

The quick outing that took just one hour to play didn’t see much drama, as Poorman acknowledged it’s difficult to see just where is team is at.

“It’s hard game to get a read on. Normally you wouldn’t take a pitcher out (Emma Poorman) that’s throwing a no-hitter, but I know I have a good freshman (Wagner) and I wanted to get her feet in the dirt and she came in did what I thought she would,” Poorman said.

Bucktail heads to Benton on Thursday before returning home Tuesday where the Bucks will play four straight.

Galeton 000 — 0 0 0

Bucktail (12)5x — 17 22 0

E. Poorman, K. Wagner (3) and n/a. M. Schott, B. Holleran (2) and n/a. W: Poorman. L: Schott.

Top Bucktail hitters: Jordan Burrows 3-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Hayley Burrows 1-2, BB, 2 runs; Wagner 1-1, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, 2 BB; Emma Poorman 1-1, 2 RBIs, 2 BB; Isaacs 1-2, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, BB; Green 1-1, 2 RBIs, BB, run; Lilly Francis 2 BB, run; Lowery 2-2, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Aleigha Goetz, 2 runs.

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