Talk about an early-season thriller.
Olentangy and host Orange, both hungry for wins after dropping their OCC openers, offered up a classic Wednesday evening in Lewis Center as the Braves used a pair of 10th-inning sacrifice flies to slip past the rival Pioneers 6-5 in extras.
The game was tight all the way through, tied at three after three innings of action. Olentangy scored in each of the first three innings — Hailey Wilson scored Missy Lee via sacrifice flies in the first and third innings while Brooke Ring doubled off Orange starter Jenn Kurelic to score Sierra Stults in the second.
Orange, meanwhile, plated all three of its early runs in the second. Marlo Robinson singled home Taylor Pirko to get her team on the board while Maicy Kirk and Robinson came home on an Olentangy fielding error later in the frame to take a brief 3-2 lead.
After a series of scoreless innings by both sides, the Braves took a fifth-inning lead when Emily Hoffmann singled home Jessie Lowery. The lead was short lived, however, as the Pioneers evened things up in the bottom half when Kurelic sprinted home on a fielder’s choice.
It was then, with the team’s tied at four heading into the sixth, the pitchers took over. Wilson and Kurelic settled in nicely as both traded zeros, allowing a combined four hits, until running into some trouble in the 10th.
Olentangy finally got to Kurelic in the 10th, taking a 5-4 lead when Lindsay Abramowitz hit a sac fly to score Hoffmann. They Braves added a huge insurance run after that, with Stults coming home on a sac fly from Ring.
Orange got within a run in its final trip to the plate, as Kyle Davidson scored on a fielder’s choice, but Wilson worked out of trouble to secure the hard-fought win.
Stults led the Braves at the plate, finishing 3 for 5 with two runs scored. Lee was also solid, closing with a double, a triple and two runs scored.
Kurelic, Robinson and Alayna Kaschak led the Pioneers, finishing with two hits apiece.
•Buckeye Valley’s Kasey Morris drilled a two-out home run in the first inning to even things up, but sloppy Baron defense and a balanced Comet attack helped Elgin roll to a 10-3 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Wednesday in Delaware.
Morris’ bomb evened things up after the visitors scored in the top of the first, but BV (3-2) went scoreless over the course of the next four innings. Elgin (4-1), meanwhile, took over with single tallies in the second and third to take a 3-1 lead, two more in the fourth to make it a 5-1 game, another in the fifth and four in the sixth to all but seal the deal.
The Barons tired to mount a rally as Logan Hatcher hit a one-out single in the sixth and came around to score on a Morris single. Morris was brought in by a Lydia Albaugh’s single later in the frame, but that’s as close as things got.
•Liberty rallied to get within a run, but couldn’t climb all the way out of an early hole as host Upper Arlington held on for a 5-4 OCC-Central Division win Wednesday evening.
The Patriots (2-3), down 5-1 after the first two innings, cut the deficit in half when Bailey Ankrim connected on a two-run homer in the third. They added another run in the sixth, but weren’t able to get any closer.
Kristen Adkins suffered the loss in the circle.