By Kristen Stevens
Daily Times Leader
Determined not to lose another land slide to district rival, Carroll Academy, Oak Hill Academy’s Lady Raiders (6-5) were ready and waiting when Carroll’s Lady Rebels came to West Point Tuesday. Coach Marion Bratton’s girls played like an altogether different team than they did in their August 5 match at Carroll, when they lost 0-10.
Playing in a light but steady rain, Oak Hill took out Carroll’s first three batters at the plate and at first base. Oak Hill went on to score two runs in the first inning. Third baseman Maegan Ellis started the two run inning off with a double hit deep into left field eventually stealing home plate. Shortstop Mary Helon Hays scored the second run on a double RBI by Paige Dawkins.
Carroll took the lead in the second inning, scoring six runs, taking advantage of four infield errors, the demise of the Lady Raiders’ previous game against Carroll. Pitcher Mamie Allen struck out two batters putting the top of the second inning to rest. Allen hit a line drive to right field and her designated runner, Meg McBrayer, scored for the Lady Raiders on an RBI by M. Ellis. Ellis singled into right field and again stole home, bringing the score to 4-6.
Looking sharp, the Lady Raiders played a clean defense allowing no runs in the third inning. M. Ellis threw out two batters at first base, and Hays threw out one.
With two outs on the board, Hays scored the Lady Raiders’ only run of the third inning on an RBI by Allen hit deep into left field. It was a costly inning for the Lady Raiders; however, as Carroll’s lightning fast infield threw out equally fast centerfielder Abby Falkner as she attempted to steal home and was called back to third, leaving Allen stranded on base.
The Lady Raiders allowed Carroll one run and then tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, 7-7. Anne Stevens scored on an RBI by second baseman Anna Lummus, and M. Ellis scored on an RBI by left fielder Tori Ellis.
Carroll once again took the lead in the fifth inning by two runs and then shut the Lady Raiders down three up and three down. Bratton’s girls rallied and came back tough defensively, allowing one batter on base by error, then making three sharp outs, two at first and one at third. Hope rose as first at bat Stevens singled on a line drive to center field and stole her way to third base, but the right fielder would get stranded there as Carroll’s excellent defense put the next three batters out, winning the game 7-9.
M. Ellis, Lummus, Hays, Falkner and Stevens had one single each. Allen had two singles, and M. Ellis and Dawkins had one double each. Allen struck out five and walked two.
The junior varsity Lady Raiders defeated Carroll Academy 7-5.
Oak Hill will play in Starkville on Saturday in a College Showcase Tournament beginning at 9 a.m. then returns to normal play Monday traveling to Manchester Academy in Yazoo City for the team’s third district game. The junior varsity game begins at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 5:30 p.m.