What a difference a day makes.
Hayes didn’t play its best game Monday against visiting Mount Vernon. The Pacers did, however, author one of their best performances of the season Tuesday in Sunbury, taking out their frustrations to the tune of a 10-0, 5-inning win over host Big Walnut.
“The attitude was great all game long,” Hayes coach Mark Thomas said. “Even before the game, on the ride over to Big Walnut, you would never know we lost the night before.”
The Pacers (11-4, 8-2 OCC) did just about everything right in the win. They made just one error, got a sparkling effort from Mikayla Cooper in the pitcher’s circle and hit the ball as well as they have all spring.
Cooper, who didn’t have her best stuff in the loss to the Yellow Jackets, was on cruise control against the Golden Eagles. She pitched all five innings to secure the complete-game win, fanning eight while walking just two in an impressive bounce-back performance.
Offensively, Hayes was busiest in the third inning, scoring eight of its 10 runs. The Pacers also scored a run in the first and another in the fifth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Hayes collected 12 hits in the win, led by Abbey Frey, who was 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and two runs scored; Rebekah Hire, who finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs; and Cooper, who helped herself from the plate by blasting a three-run homer as part of the eight-run third. Cooper also had a sacrifice fly to finish up the night with a game-best four RBIs.
The Petty sisters, Emily and Sara, had Big Walnut’s (10-9, 3-7 OCC) only two hits. Emily Petty, meanwhile, was the Eagles’ starting and losing pitcher.
Buckeye Valley 8, Olentangy 1
The Barons used a big fifth inning and solid pitching from Nikki Morris Tuesday in Lewis Center, earning their second straight win with an 8-1 decision over the host Braves.
Olentangy (6-10) scored a run in the bottom of the fifth in an attempt to mount a rally, but failed to get any closer than the final seven-run spread.
Buckeye Valley (5-12-1) — led by Meghan Ulmer’s four hits and two RBIs, and Marisa Koss’ two doubles, RBI and four runs scored — plated a run in the first, another in the third to make it 2-0, and two in the seventh to go along with the big fifth frame.
Hailey Wilson was the starting and losing pitcher for the Braves.