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Oak Hill wins three in a row

August 3, 2011

BRUCE - There is no stopping the Lady Raiders. Oak Hill pounded out 12 hit's Tuesday night on their way to a season-best 19-5 win over Calhoun Academy. It was the third straight win to start the season

Sophomore Maegen Ellis kept opposing hitters off balance all night throwing a no-hitter while striking out seven and giving up just one walk.

"She threw great game overall," head coach Marion Bratton said. "She started off a little bit rough in the first inning, she just couldn't find the plate."

The defense also struggled early giving up three errors in the ball game mainly from overthrows that should be routine. The field itself was a little bigger than they are used to because Calhoun didn't have a field.

The game was tied at 2-2 after the first inning, before Oak Hill rallied for seven runs in the second and three more in the third inning for a 12-2 lead. The Lady Raiders gave up three runs in the third but Ellis shutdown Calhoun the rest of the game while her teammates gave her plenty of run support with seven runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth innings.

"We're still working the rust off," Bratton said. "They started to get a little stronger as the game went on."

Meg McBrayer went 3-for-3 to the lead the team while Ellis (double, two stolen bases and two RBI), Hunter Coleman, Jessie Cole and Maime Allen (RBI), who started in the outfield, all picked up multiple hits in the win.

Tori Ellis, who is still hitless to start the season, is slowly coming around Bratton said.

"She's making contact, just hasn't gotten in the zone yet."

Bratton took advantage of the day off on Wednesday to work on contact and hitting fundamentals and tweak some things the need to improve.

The Lady Raiders, who have played three games in five days start their conference play Thursday on the road at Winston Academy and then Tuesday, take on current AA state champions in Leake.

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