Oak Hill used a three run second inning effort Friday to get their second win in as many games, downing Manchester Academy 5-1 on the softball diamond.
The Lady Raiders moved to 11-9 on the season and despite being out of the playoff hunt, look to close out the year on a high note.
“Pay backs are nice,” Oak Hill head coach Marion Bratton said. “They’re a good ball club, but they’re also young. If we don’t get them now, they’re going to be hard to get in the future. We have to take advantage of it when it comes.”
The Lady Raiders gave up 11 unearned runs in the last meeting between these two teams, this time it was the red and black that had a near perfect ball game.
Mamie Allen faced four batters to start the ball game and after giving up a leadoff double, she shut down the side in order. The Lady Raiders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the first inning with a lead off single by Maegen Ellis. Three batters later, Allen got the RBI on a ground out scoring Ellis from third.
The Lady Mavericks again started the second inning off with a hit, but fizzled at the plate. Oak Hill suddenly got hot, stretching the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second.
Kim Kelly reached base on an error and would eventually score on an RBI single by Codi Williams. Pinch runner Jessi Cole, who ran for Hunter Coleman after she reached on a single, would be thrown out trying to score on the same play. An RBI single by Ellis made it 3-0, later she would score on a wild pitch. Tori Ellis looked to continue the run with another single to keep the inning going before Manchester was able slam the door with the third out.
The Lady Mavericks snuffed a shutout with an RBI single by Kaitlyn Woods in the third, after that they reached base just three more times in the ball game. Oak Hill closed out the scoring in the third inning after Lauren Hitt scored on a throwing error.
The Lady Raiders slapped six hits in the win led by Maegen Ellis with a pair. Allen gave up five hits and struck out three in the win.
Wednesday, the Lady Raiders earned a non conference win over Central Academy 12-3. Allen gave up just two hits while striking out six in the victory. Oak Hill slapped seven hits on the day led by Maegen Ellis and Kelly with a two singles apiece.
Oak Hill will be back in action Monday when the tangle with Central Academy at home, first pitch set for 4 pm.