As a pitcher, Buffalo senior Morgan DeMarais rarely finds time to spectate during the game as she constantly must focus on her next throw or at-bat and is always trying to keep a “clear mind.”
Sarah Hudson drove a game-winning single down the third baseline to bring Katie Carlson home and clinch a 4-3 walk-off victory for Buffalo over Brainerd Friday afternoon in the Class 4A, Section 8 championship at Buffalo High School.
The Bison (19-2) will make their fourth consecutive state tournament appearance next Thursday at Oswald Park in Mankato.
Buffalo seniors Morgan DeMarais and Carlson helped the Bison establish a 3-0 lead in the first two innings.
The Warriors (19-7) responded with an Elaina Christiansen home run in the fifth inning. She added a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game.
Brainerd eighth-grader Olivia Tautges threw four scoreless innings and struck out one in relief for Jordan Sullivan who took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits.
DeMarais gave up 10 hits, three runs and struck out nine for the Bison.
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