The visiting Kingwood Lady Mustangs rode into town with one thing on their mind — maintaining their second place ranking in District 14-5A. Oak Ridge had two things on their mind — not to let that happen and to redeem themselves after the Lufkin loss. However, in this fickle game of softball, you win by the sword and die by the sword and the swords, aka “bats”, once again waned for the Lady War Eagles.
It has been a struggle of late to manufacture runs for the Lady War Eagles in these crucial district games. Come from behind wins have put two W’s in the column for the struggling team who are left wondering where the hits have disappeared to. On this night, Kingwood would pepper enough runs on the board to take the W with them and leave Ridge with their third district loss.
After a quiet first inning, Kingwood came out in the 2nd with a lead off hit from senior Audrey Winders. A wild pitch from Oak Ridge starter Taylor Hastings moved Winders over to 2nd with no outs. A line drive out to Hastings caught Winders off the bag but a failed pick-off attempt ultimately moved Winders to 3rd. A well executed bunt-and-run play by the Lady Mustangs made it a 1-0 ball game after the second frame.
Kingwood scrapped another run in the 4th inning after consecutive hits from pitcher Cassie McClure and senior Jordann Jezek. A fielding error in the outfield scored McClure that put the Lady Mustangs ahead 2-0 after four innings of play.
Oak Ridge appeared to have a spark in the 6th inning when lead-off hitter Kris Davila sent a rocket out to left field for a standup double. A fielders choice from Taylor Ervin moved Davila over to 3rd and another attempted fielders choice placed senior Jessi Burnett on first base. However, the rally was killed after an untimely double play was produced off an infield grounder.
With two outs in the 7th inning, Kingwood posted two more runs off consecutive hits from lead off hitter Anna Olejniczak and Jess Rubin. Olejniczak moved to 2nd on her hit from an outfield error and moved to 3rd on Rubin’s hit. Kaitlin Munoz hit a double to left center, scoring Olejniczak and Rubin before getting thrown out at 3rd on an 8-4-5 play. Despite Oak Ridge’s five batter appearance in the bottom of the 7th, McClure handled the Lady War Eagles one pitch at a time and produced a strike out to end the game.
Oak Ridge is now 3-3 in district play and sits in 3rd place behind The Woodlands and Kingwood. The second round of district action will begin on Friday, 4/1, as the Lady War Eagles host the visiting College Park Lady Cavaliers.
Oak Ridge 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors 0-0-0-0-0-0-0
Kingwood 4 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors 0-1-0-1-0-0-2
WP: Cassie McClure (5-1; 7 IP, 3 K)
LP: Taylor Hastings (2-2; 7 IP, 3 K)
Oak Ridge Leaders: Taylor Ervin 2-3, 1B, 3B; Kris Davila 1-3, 2B; Taylor Duck 1-3, 2B
Kingwood Leaders: Jordann Jezek 3-3, 3 1B
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