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Buffalo's youth softball hosted Gillette and Sheridan in Saturday's scrimmage

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Despite past spring cancellations due to COVID-19, Buffalo's youth softball leagues are getting back on the field this spring. The 10U and 12U Buffalo Heat softball teams hosted scrimmages on Saturday, June 6, 2020. In addition to the two Buffalo teams, one team from Gillette and one team from Sheridan joined.

Ava Teten cheers for Buffalo’s batter during the first inning of their scrimmage

Ava Teten cheers for Buffalo’s batter during the first inning of their scrimmage against the Sheridan Mystics on Saturday in Buffalo. Teten was the Heat’s catcher for the first two innings.

Buffalo’s Cooper Harness, center, tags second base and Sheridan’s Sofia Spomer

Buffalo’s Cooper Harness, center, tags second base and Sheridan’s Sofia Spomer to get an out on Saturday in Buffalo. This play was the first of two back-to-back outs to end the inning.

Anna Mock push through her rotation during the scrimmage

 Anna Mock push through her rotation during the scrimmage against the Sheridan Mystics on Saturday in Buffalo. Four teams participated in the scrimmage: Buffalo’s 10U and 12U teams, the Sheridan Mystics and the Gillette Blue Jays.

Buffalo’s Emilee Briscoe throws her hands up in the air after successfully creating a new cheer

Buffalo’s Emilee Briscoe throws her hands up in the air after successfully creating a new cheer as her teammates come back to the dugout to bat on Saturday. Briscoe’s cheer was “We’re hotter than volcano lava, we’re colder than ice. We’ll burn them to the ground. Go Heaters!!”

Skyla Carpenter looks up at teammate Kodi Boden

Skyla Carpenter looks up at teammate Kodi Boden while on deck on Saturday. The 10U Buffalo team was playing the Gillette Blue Jays.

Buffalo catcher Emery Cox looks down over Gillette baserunner Lauren Firks

Buffalo catcher Emery Cox looks down over Gillette baserunner Lauren Firks after tagging her out at home plate on Saturday.

Gabby Hall rests her bat on her shoulders before beginning her practice swings

Gabby Hall rests her bat on her shoulders before beginning her practice swings on Saturday. Hall was thrown out at first during the at bat.

Buffalo fingers sneak through the chain link fence

Buffalo fingers sneak through the chain link fence while the Buffalo heat bat against the Sheridan Mystics on Saturday. Score was not kept during the games, but the scrimmages did have an umpire.

Gabby Hall, top left, asks her teammate if why she slid

Gabby Hall, top left, asks her teammate if why she slid when she returned to the dugout after scoring on Saturday. Given the options, it was determined that her teammate had to slide, she didn’t do it just to get dirty.

Kolby Packard stretches to catch a throw from third

First baseman Kolby Packard stretches to catch a throw from third to get the out on Saturday. Packard is on Buffalo’s 12-and-under team.

First baseman Kolby Packard stretches to beat Sheridan’s Sydney Murner to first base

First baseman Kolby Packard stretches to beat Sheridan’s Sydney Murner to first on Saturday. Packard got the out.

Buffalo third baseman Sydney Howe stops a ground ball before throwing to first

Buffalo third baseman Sydney Howe stops a ground ball before throwing to first on Saturday. The ball wasn't caught at first so their was no out. 

Emery Cox waits on third base in anticipation of taking her lead toward home

Emery Cox waits on third base in anticipation of taking her lead toward home on Saturday. The 10U team from Buffalo is going to play the Gillette team twice a week, each team traveling to the other’s field once per week.

Sydney Howe leads the team out of the dugout and back out onto the field

Sydney Howe leads the team out of the dugout and back out onto the field on Saturday. Howe was playing third base.

Buffalo’s 10U team screams a final “Good game Blue Jays” after the game

Buffalo’s 10U team screams a final “Good game Blue Jays” after the game on Saturday. Buffalo was the first 10U team that the Blue Jays have played this season, otherwise having to play up a level with 12U teams.

Cooper Harness watches the Sheridan pitcher warm up

Cooper Harness watches the Sheridan pitcher warm up before the Heat come up to bat during the first inning on Saturday.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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