Big Walnut’s Kate Petty was the story of Wednesday’s 1-0 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting New Albany, striking out 11 without allowing a single hit in her seven innings of work.
Petty was sharp from start to finish, with her four walks proving to be the only New Albany base runners of the game.
The Golden Eagle offense wasn’t much better, but did what it had to do to win. The game’s lone run came in the fourth inning, when Katelynn Cheadle started things off by being hit by a pitch. She went to second on a wild pitch and, after being sacrificed to third, came home on a Hayley Apple squeeze bunt to score what proved to be the game-winning run.
•Hayes knocked off host Mount Vernon 4-1 Wednesday, staking claim to the top spot in the OCC-Capital Division standings.
The win, coupled with New Albany’s loss, made the Pacers the only team left undefeated in league play (9-1, 4-0 OCC).
Mikayla Cooper, as she has all season, sparked the offense. Her three-run homer in the third, her second bomb of the season, was the difference in the game.
Hayes made it 4-0 with a run in the top of the seventh before Mount Vernon smoothed out the scoring summary with a run in the bottom half.
Cooper finished 3 for 4 while Chandler Fields was 2 for 4 in the win.
Madi Huck picked up the win in the circle, striking out seven in her five scoreless innings of work.
•Liberty cruised past host Hilliard Davidson Wednesday, coupling solid pitching with a productive offensive attack for an 8-0 OCC-Central Division win.
The Patriots (5-5) scored two runs in the second, two more in the fourth and four in the seventh to round out the scoring summary.
Tiffany Hart led the way with a pair of doubles, a single and two RBIs. Kristen Adkins was also steady, finishing with a pair of singles and an RBI.
Adkins was even better in the circle, where she struck out eight and allowed just three hits en route to collecting the complete-game shutout.
•Jenn Kurelic was sharp in the circle Wednesday, leading Orange to a 5-0 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting Franklin Heights.
The Pioneer ace allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout.
The offense, meanwhile, backed her with a nine-hit attack featuring two first-inning runs and three more in the third to all but seal the deal.
•Olentangy couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end Wednesday, falling to host Worthington Kilbourne 1-0.
The Braves managed just one hit in the loss.
Hailey Wilson was the tough-luck loser in the circle, allowing three hits with her only blemish a fifth-inning run.