• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Lady Buffalos take Pioneer League title in double-header

Updated: May 16

Prairie View's Charlee Boone slides into home as a Wellsville infielder struggles to control a bobbled infield pop fly in the first game of a double-header on Tuesday, May 10. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

The Prairie View varsity softball team is the Pioneer League champion after sweeping the Wellsville Lady Eagles in a double-header on Tuesday, May 10.

The Lady Buffalos finished the regular season with a 9-0-1 record in league play, 13-2-1 overall. The two losses came in a non-league doubleheader against Frontenac, and the 5-5 came at Iola in the opening game of league play.

Prairie View outscored its league opponents 113 to 33 over 10 games.

In the first game of the double-header with ace Emma Chambers pitching, the Lady Buffalos scored nine runs on 12 hits to beat Wellsville 9-1. The right-hander threw 64 strikes on 90 pitches, retiring four batters on strikes, allowing seven batters on base with no walks.

Ava Taylor was tagged for the loss for the Lady Eagles after she came on in relief of Morgan Adams, who pitched six innings. Adams allowed 12 Prairie View hits, and Taylor posted the only strike-out of the game against Prairie View.

Lady Buffalo pitcher Emma Chambers delivers a pitch to a Wellsville batter. The right-hander started six games this season, winning five of them.

Lady Buffalo batters churned out five hits in the third inning, led by a triple by senior Braxton Stainbrook and a single by Bella Stole. Rylee Boone, Rian Stainbrook, Kayla Gregg, Lauren Aust, and Chamber each had a hit, with Alyssa Page, Charlee Boone and Braxton Stainbrook picking up two hits each.

Braxton Stainbrook had four RBIs with Rian Stainbrook, Rylee Boone, Chambers, and Stolle adding one each.

Senior Julia Paisley pitched for the Lady Buffalos in game two, allowing one run on two hits over six and a third innings, and giving Prairie View a 5-2 win. Paisley, a right-hander, struck out eight and allowed no walks. Gregg came on in relief to finish out the seventh inning, allowing a single run by Wellsville to close out the game.

Wellsville pitcher Ava Taylor pitched for the first three innings, allowing no runs on three hits, and striking out one batter. Shelby Harter came on in relief, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out two Prairie View batters.

Prairie View next takes on Trinity Academy in district play in Humboldt.

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