Oak Hill Academy's Mamie Allen kept the bats quiet all day Friday as the Lady Raiders opened the 2011 season with a 6-1 victory over Heritage.
Allen gave up two hits in six strong innings while Meagan Ellis had a pair of three baggers and a RBI to power past the AAA Lady Patriots .
Head coach Marion Bratton got a chance to see who was going to be every day starters for the team, and those who might have to earn a spot before conference play gets going. He said right now it's open season as to who is going to get a lot of playing time. The Lady Raiders were without Kim Kelly and Jessi Cole who were playing in a state tennis tournment. Nonetheless, he was happy to get that first win out of the way to start the year.
"It's good to get a big win, especially against a Golden Triangle opponent," he said. "Heritage is young and they're going to be a good ball club in the future."
Veterans proved to be the difference Bratton said though it was a sophomore, Ellis who started the ball rolling in the first inning with a lead-off triple. Ann Lummus followed up with a RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to give Oak Hill a 2-0 advantage.
Heritage cut the lead to one in the third but failed to cross the plate again as Allen mowed down opposing hitters and finished with 11 strikeouts.
Oak Hill took advantage of some defensive blunders and added two more in the fourth for a 4-1 lead and then closed out with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Bratton said the girls haven't seen much practice time over the last few weeks, and it showed in a few areas in the game.
"We're still a little rusty," he said. "We were able to do some things on the field in practice but it's just not like playing a game. Game experience is different from practice experience. Starkville (Academy) is going to be a much better ball club and we're going to have to up our game Monday to compete with them."
Starkville, Bratton says is a more experienced ball team with a lot of speed.
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