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Lady Raiders win third in a row after Hitt’s two-run blast in fifth

September 13, 2011

Oak Hill continued their winning streak Monday afternoon to three games with a 12-2 victory over Central Academy, a game that saw plenty of hits for the Lady Raiders including a two-run blast over center field by Lauren Hitt for the exclamation point. It was her first home-run of the season.

“Lauren is capable of hitting those like that, and she did today,” head coach Marion Bratton said. “When she gets her timing down and she’s in that certain zone, she can pop it.”

Bratton said the girls had a hard time capitalizing on several occasions with runners in scoring position throughout the game, but they did manage to slap 10 hits and get enough runs to call the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Lady Raiders (12-9) got off to a hot start after giving up just a hit in the bottom of the first inning, they exploded for a three run lead early in the game.

Maegen Ellis got on board with a leadoff single and would later score on a throwing error when Tori Ellis tried to steal second base. Tori Ellis would score a batter later on a single by Maime Allen. Allen made it 3-0 on a throwing error from a routine ground out to first.

Maegen Ellis crossed the plate in the second on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 4-0.

Oak Hill made it 8-0 in third when Kim Kelly and Hitt scored on back-to-back singles before Anna Lummus had a two-run base knock with just one out on the board. The Lady Raiders rallied for five hits in
that inning.

Central got their first run early in the fourth inning after Allen walked three straight batters to load the bases. She did get out of a jam after recording two straight outs and keep the lead in tact.

“We seem to have that one inning where we have to work,” Bratton said. “It’s been the story of our whole season. Sometimes that one inning could lead to two innings. We’re playing better now then we were in the beginning of the season. Our goal now is to finish better than how we
started.”

Central added another run in the fifth inning, but needed to keep the score close to keep their chances for a victory alive. Hitt made sure that didn’t happen.

Meg McBrayer scored on a fielders choice to make it 10-2 and after a single by Kelly, Hitt smashed a two run shot to seal the win.

Hitt finished a team-best 3-for-3 with three RBI on the day while McBrayer and Hunter Coleman each had a pair of base knocks.

Allen struck out six Lady Vikings in the victory.

Oak Hill will have three more games slated for the 2011 beginning Wednesday on the road at Heritage Academy.

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