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On Monday night, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-3) could not buy a hit in a 14-0 loss to Starkville Academy. Thursday night was a different story, however.
The Diamond Raiders were back at home for a contest against Macon Central, and though the Vikings roughed up Oak Hill starter Chance Livingston early, it was the Oak Hill offense that battled back for a 20-9 victory after six innings.
Livingston gave up two quick runs in the top of the first inning. A two-run double followed a single and a walk, but the young hurler got out of the jam with no further damage.
The Raiders and the Vikings went back-and-forth for the first three innings. In fact, the Raiders answered in the bottom of the first, with four runs of their own.
Sophomore Conner Baird got things started with a single. Tres Turner bunted him over to second, and after Clay Henley got hit by a pitch, Cole Fowler knocked in Oak Hill's first run with a single.
Livingston then evened the score with an RBI single of his own. Kody Riley would cap off the scoring with a two-run double to make it 4-2.
Livingston seemed to have settled down in the top of the second, retiring the first two batters on a ground out and a strikeout. A two-out walk, however, would eventually lead to four runs by the Vikings, who took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the second.
Curt Huffman started the second with a double. On a fly out by Turner, he would eventually come home on a dead ball error to make it 6-5.
Livingston would give up another run in the top of the third inning to make it 7-5, but he and his offense would turn things around in the bottom of that frame.
Livingston led the inning off with a single, and Jeb Stevens reached on an error, scoring the Oak Hill's sixth run. After Kody Riley tied things up on an RBI single, Joseph Caskey then singled to put runners at second and third.
Huffman would give Oak Hill its lead back with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-7. Baird would add another run with an RBI single of his own, and after Turner walked, Henley reached on an error to make it 10-7.
A wild pitch would score Turner to make it 11-7, and later in the inning, Stevens would bat for a second time, this time singling in a run to make it 12-7. Fowler, who had reached on a single earlier in the inning, would score the final run of the inning on a steal of home to make it 13-7 after three.
That seven-run inning was immediately followed by a good pitching performance by Livingston. The sophomore worked around a single and a walk to retire the side with no damage in the top of the fourth.
Caskey and Huffman both singled to lead off the fourth for the Raiders. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Henley drew a walk to drive in a run to make it 14-7.
The Vikings would get two runs in the top of the fifth inning to make it 14-9, but that would not matter much. In the bottom of the sixth, Oak Hill's offense came to life again.
Henley was hit by a pitch to start things. Fowler follwed up with an RBI single to make it 15-9. After a Stevens bunt single that loaded the bases, Drake Riley drew a walk to make it 16-9.
The wildness continued on the Vikings end, as Huffman was hit by a pitch to make it 17-9. Pinch running, eighth grader Blake Henley would score the next run.
With Turner at the plate, the Raiders needed just one hit to end the game on the 10-run rule. They got that from the sophomore batter, who cracked a double to the gap to score two and end the contest.
The Raiders scored their 20 runs on 17 hits on the night. They used every means possible to get on base, taking hits, walking and reaching on errors.