"It was nerve-wracking,'' Burdette said. "As I went on I got more confident in myself and our team.''
Top-ranked Buffalo (34-4), which also captured state titles in 2002 and 2004 and now has five in all, won 30 games for the third consecutive season and advanced to states for the third year in a row, both program firsts. The Bison also ended the year on a 22-game winning streak. All of that has been accomplished without a senior in the starting lineup.
"The first one was fantastic because it was the first one in school history,'' said Moore, who guided Buffalo to three straight titles for the first time. "In 2004 it was a great championship because we had so many seniors. The last three years this group has been such a hard-working group and I feel so good for them.
"Even though we've won three in row we never take them for granted,'' added Burdette. "We take pride in them."
It was a tough loss for No. 3 Moorefield (30-7), which lost to Buffalo in the state championship game for the second straight year. The Yellow Jackets battled back after falling to the Bison 1-0 Wednesday then edging No. 2 Wheeling Central 7-6 in Thursday's elimination game.
"We didn't hit when we needed to,'' said Yellow Jackets first-year coach Tammie Ayers. "We just needed a couple of hits.
"I'm very proud of these girls. They've stuck together. They've overcome a lot this year. We had some issues in the community and they've just had to stick together and prove to everybody they would end up in the state tournament.''
Beth Cook and Katelynn Wills pounded out two hits apiece, including a double each, for Moorefield. Cook, Danica Rogers and Brooke Riggleman were all-tournament picks for the Yellow Jackets.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.