VIENNA - With neither team budging in the winner's bracket of Class A on Wednesday night, Buffalo struck the first blow before the rains arrived and suspended play with the Bison leading Magnolia 1-0 with one out in the top of the fourth inning.
Action will be resumed at 9 a.m. today with neither school wanting to fall into the loser's bracket. Otherwise, that makes for a long road back.
"Buffalo's pitcher is good, but we believe we have a good pitcher too," Magnolia coach Dillon Mangino said. "We will definitely have to compete and bring out our 'A' game on (Thursday). I think we are capable and if we make the plays, I like our chances."
Also in Class A, Moorefield eliminated Sherman with a 6-3 victory. Moorefield's day began with a 14-3 loss in six innings to three-time defending state champion Buffalo, while Sherman fell to Magnolia 4-2.
Buffalo 1, Magnolia 0
(Game suspended in 4th inning)
Magnolia left-hander Mallory Chapman actually owned the upper hand in the first three innings against her counterpart Ali Burdette. Chapman recorded first-pitch strikes to eight of the first nine batters she faced and retired the first 10 batters she faced.
Burdette wasn't exactly perfect, but was throwing a no-hitter and registered four strikeouts in her first three innings of work.
With a steady rain starting to fall in the top of the fourth inning and Buffalo at the plate, Courtney Allen reached on a one-out single and Burdette followed with a gapper to right-center field. The stand-up double drove in Allen and put the Bison in front 1-0.
Next at the plate was Chelsey Parkins. But before Chapman delivered on an 0-1 count, tournament officials signaled for a 30-minute lighting delay. Eventually after a coaches' meeting, play was suspended for the night.
Magnolia 4, Sherman 2
Third baseman Davianne Croasmun belted a solo home run to open the fourth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and Magnolia (18-14) went on to post a 4-2 win over Sherman in a Class A first-round game of the West Virginia state high school softball tournament Wednesday morning at Jackson Park.
Sherman had a taken a 1-0 lead in the Tide's first at-bat as catcher Hali Jarrell singled in a run. But Magnolia went ahead 2-1 in the Blue Eagles' half of the first frame on Croasmun's two-run single before a run-scoring wild pitch enabled Sherman to knot the score at 2-2 in the third.