Oakland softball shuts out Siegel to remain perfect in 7-AAA

Oakland softball shuts out Siegel to remain perfect in 7-AAA

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Oakland softball shuts out Siegel to remain perfect in 7-AAA

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Oakland pounded out 13 base hits on Thursday night and shut out rival Siegel 5-0 in an early District 7-AAA showdown.

The Lady Patriots didn’t have any innings in which they didn’t have at least one hit. All but one of Oakland’s batters had at least one hit in the game.

“We’ve been hitting the ball pretty good. They saw it pretty good tonight,” said Oakland coach Janice Morey. “Eleven’s been about our (highest hit total).”

Both teams went into the game with 2-0 records in District 7-AAA.

“I knew that it was going to be a dogfight,” said Morey. “Siegel is always tough, always. Especially Leah (Newsome). I really respect her as a pitcher, and I knew that they were going to be tough.”

The Lady Patriots (9-2, 3-0 in 7-AAA) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a Siegel error. Haley Carter and Savannah Lee each singled and stole bases to move into scoring position with two outs.

Holley Shirey hit a grounder to Siegel third baseman Jensen McElroy.

McElroy fielded it cleanly and threw to first base, and the ball went into MacKenzie McMahan’s glove for what should have been the third out of the inning, but then it popped out and hit the ground. That allowed both Carter and Lee scored.

The score remained 2-0 until the sixth inning despite Oakland’s many bloop hits as Newsome worked out of several jams in the middle innings.

Twice the Lady Patriots got runners on third base but they were stranded.

In the sixth Oakland’s Lacie Rinus and Carter had back-to-back RBI slap hits to score two more runners and make it 4-0.

Two Siegel errors gave Oakland another run in the seventh.

Siegel (8-3, 2-1) managed only four hits off Rinus, who kept Siegel batters off balance throughout the game.

“She’s been working really really hard for us, but also she had several great defensive plays behind her,” said Morey. “I really think our defense made Lacie the kind of pitcher she’s trying to become.”

“She had a nice riseball, and it kept our batters off balance,” said first-year Siegel coach Perry Lyons. “She changed speeds, did a really good job with that. We were inconsistent with our swings tonight, though.”

The Lady Stars left six runners on base, five of them in scoring position.

“We left a lot of runners on base tonight,” said Lyons. “It’s fixable, something that we can correct in practice.”

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