Softball team 3-1 for the week

The Oxford girls varsity softball team went 3-1 last week.

May 10 came with both a win and a loss for the Oxford team in a doubleheader against North Farmington.

In Game 1 that day, the Lady Cats fell with a 3-1 score and then followed that up with a 14-4 win in Game 2.

On May 8, the Oxford Varsity Softball team finally had the opportunity to play a doubleheader in what most would consider a perfect weather on Senior Night.

Oxford seniors Lauren Donaldson, Kaitlyn Bean, and Hannah Vachon were each set to play top-ten state ranked Lake Orion for the last time in their Oxford High careers. These seniors have won 96 varsity games so far for the softball program, according to Head Coach Kenny Allen.

In Game 1, the Oxford girls walked away with a 7-6 score.

Bean set the tone by striking out six of the first nine batters Lake Orion sent to the plate.

“Her pitches were moving and she was hitting her spots very well,” Allen said.

Oxford got on the scoreboard first with a two out RBI single by Vachon. That lead would not last long as Lake Orion came charging back, scoring six runs in the 4th and 5th innings.

The Oxford team struck back, shutting Lake Orion down in the 6th and 7th innings.

Bean finished the day with 12 strikeouts. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Kenzie Miller drilled a single up the middle. The next five batters reached base. With two outs, bases loaded, tying run on second and winning run on first base for Oxford, Vachon stepped up to the plate. On the third pitch of the at bat Vachon drilled the ball to right center for a triple, prompting thunderous applause from the crowd.

Oxford took the lead and won the game in dramatic fashion. Sarah Tyrrell had two hits and two RBIs.

In Game 2, Oxford won 4-1 against Lake Orion.

In that game, Vachon took the mound and after the first pitch it was pretty clear that she was intent on not only winning this game but dominating.

It wasn’t until 2 outs into the 3rd inning that Lake Orion got its first hit. Oxford came out swinging in response and scored two in the first inning. Oxford would add a run in the 5th and 6th innings.

Donaldson continued her hot-hitting by collecting two hits and an RBI.

Chloe Allen added two hits and Alexis Cardona chipped in one hit and a stolen base.

“To jump out to a lead in the first inning like that was huge. It really set the tone for the game,” Allen said.

With a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, Lake Orion was able to load the bases with two outs. Vachon quickly ended that rally with a strikeout to end the inning.

“These were two big wins for us,” said Allen. “Lake Orion was 18-2 coming into today and they average something crazy like 25 runs per game. Our senior pitchers and catcher really did a beautiful job today. Lauren Donaldson threw out two of the three girls that tried to steal on her and she destroyed the ball at the plate again. I hope we continue to play this hard every inning of every game. This team has heart.”

The team moves 13-2 overall on the season. Up next, the Oxford team will compete in the Michigan Challenge Tournament on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

 

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