Hayes completed its first run through OCC competition unscathed Wednesday, rolling to an 11-1 six-inning Capital Division win over visiting Olentangy — last year’s league champ.
The Pacers (12-1, 7-0 OCC) used a solid all-around showing to get the job done, coupling stellar pitching with a balanced offensive attack.
“I think we are doing just about everything well right now,” Hayes coach Mark Thomas said. “We’re playing as a unit, and that’s what I said needed to happen for us to be successful before the season even started. It’s not just one or two girls, we’re winning as a team.”
Hayes opened the scoring with a two-run second inning before plating two more in the third on a two-run homer from Madi Huck, who finished the game 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
The Pacers added another in the fifth, answering the Braves’ lone run which came in the top of the frame, and ended things an inning early with a six spot in the sixth.
Chandler Fields joined Huck on the team’s list of offensive standouts, finishing 4 for 4 with a run and an RBI, while Mackenzie Stonebreaker finished 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Huck picked up the win in the circle, allowing just four hits in her five innings of work.
Four different Braves accounted for their team’s hits while ace Hailey Wilson was tagged with the loss in the circle.
•Liberty, fresh off its 7-4 win over previously unbeaten Marysville, stayed hot Wednesday, cruising to a 10-1 OCC-Central Division win over visiting Thomas Worthington.
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Patriots (9-5) went to work. They plated three runs in the frame before adding six more in the sixth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Kristen Adkins picked up the win in the circle, allowing just the one run on five hits while striking out 11 and walking none.
Offensive standouts included Bailey Ankrim, who finished with a double, a single and four RBIs; Keri Kelly, who had three singles in the win; Randi Noday, who had two singles and a run knocked in; Madison Kadlic, who finished with a double and a single; Kylie Reed, who had two singles; and Adkins, who helped herself at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
•Big Walnut, behind the left arm of Kate Petty, the bat of Brooke Hatfield and a solid team defense, handed Franklin Heights a 9-0 loss in an Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division matchup Wednesday evening in Sunbury.
Petty shut down the Golden Falcons with a complete-game 3-hit shutout. She faced only 24 batters in 7 innings, allowing three singles while walking none and striking out 8. Petty recorded 8 groundball outs.
The Golden Eagles backed her with a 10-hit attack that included a 3-run blast over the left field fence by Hatfield with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hatfield’s homer gave Big Walnut a 6-0 lead.
•Buckeye Valley’s Jo Ann Leienberger had a two-hitter going into the sixth, but host Elgin scored nine times in the bottom of the inning to notch a 9-2 MOAC win Wednesday in Marion.
The Comets started their rally with back-to-back hits before tying the game at two just two batters later. Kasey Morris came in to relieve Leienberger, but three late Baron errors played a big role in allowing the hosts to roll to the lopsided win.
Morris led BV — which scored single tallies in the second and fifth — at the plate, finishing 2 for 4 with an RBI. Amy Stought was also solid, finishing with a hit and a run scored while Michaela Linn, Logan Hatcher and Bailey Tigges also had hits in the setback.
Buckeye Valley clobbered three home runs, but they weren’t enough as host Big Walnut scored a pair of late tallies to nab a tight 8-7 non-league win Tuesday in Sunbury.
The Barons (5-7) got on the board first, scoring a run in the first off a Morris solo homer before adding three more in the second to go up 4-0.
The Golden Eagles (9-5) answered with a run in the bottom of the third, but BV promptly ballooned the margin to five, 6-1, when Lydia Albaugh connected for a two-run homer in the fourth.
Big Walnut was far from done, though. The Eagles tightened things up with a three-run fourth and, after the Barons’ Linn blasted her team’s third homer in the fifth, another solo shot, the hosts scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and two more times in the sixth to get the win.
Shelbie Borchers led the Golden Eagle offense with two hits, two RBIs — including the game-winner — a run and three steals. Sara Petty was also solid in the win, finishing 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.