When a team commits more errors than it gets hits, life is good for the opposition. As such, Madison County softball inched one win away from a Group 2A tournament berth after beating Buffalo Gap in the Region 2A East quarterfinals, 6-1, thanks in large part to a 3-hit complete game effort from pitcher Logyn Estes.
The Mountaineers’ sophomore struck out eight batters and gave up just one unearned run after a single, fielder’s choice and an error in the outfield in the third that made it 2-1 game. That was as close as the Bisons would get as Madison’s offense poured on four runs of insurance afterwards and Estes found a groove.
The Mountaineers went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first on back-to-back sacrifice flies from Carrington Frazier and Estes. Then in the bottom of the third Frazier reached on an error, was moved into scoring position on an Estes single and later scored on an error to make it 3-1.
Sophie Adams doubled in the bottom of the fourth with one out and reached third on a passed ball and was plated shortly thereafter on a Shamley Kennedy sacrifice bunt to inflate the lead to three runs for Madison.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mountaineers made life even easier for Estes in the circle after a solo home run from Adams, and then Kennedy getting hit by a pitch, and two errors to score pinch runner Morgan Clark.
For Madison, Adams was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Estes was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Frazier was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Mountaineers travel to face Nottoway on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a state tournament bid on the line.