Softball Team Tops Norse On Senior Night

Posted on May 20, 2018 in Softball, Spring Sports

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MIER — Oak Hill honored its senior softball players Friday evening and Sierra Selleck was getting a rare start in the pitching circle.

The senior proceeded to make the game extra special, weaving a masterful complete game performance and leading the Golden Eagles to a 4-1 victory over Northfield.

Making her eighth appearance and fourth start, Selleck (2-0) allowed one run on six hits and one walk and struck out four batters. She also collected her third base hit of the season and helped the Eagles finish the regular season at 16-10.

“I try my hardest every game, but it was a little extra special tonight,” Selleck said. “I tried my best for my team and all the seniors tonight.”

Selleck received all the run support she would need when an Oak Hill offense that had been struggling struck for three runs in its first at bat. Coleena Selleck, Sierra’s sophomore sister, reached base on an error and Jenessa Hasty, Ashlyn Transier and Korinne Perkins followed with RBI hits.

“Our seniors always start and it was (Sierra Selleck’s) fourth start this year and it’s not like she can’t play,” Oak Hill coach Ben Johnson said. “She can play and we knew we had a girl capable of winning the ball game.

“She probably pitched one of her best ball games that we’ve seen in her four years, and she picked a great night to do it.”

Northfield (7-11) scored in the fifth when Kenzie Baer hit a leadoff double and scored on Madison Shrider’s two-out single. The Norse had two other promising innings but hit into a double play in the second and stranded two batters in the sixth.

“We actually outhit them (6 to 5) but they just found the holes where we didn’t,” Northfield coach Tom Holley said. “We hit a lot of balls at girls and (Oak Hill) made some nice plays.”

Northfield pitcher Abby Hunter, a freshman, settled down after giving up the three early runs and went the distance, allowing two hits after the first with one walk and four strikeouts. Oak Hill added a run in the sixth when Hasty hit her second double of the game and came home on Transier’s sacrifice fly.

“(Hunter) threw well today and she hit her spots nice,” Holley said. “She’s not going to blow anybody away. She’s got to hit her spots and make girls hit it on the end and hit it on the handle.

“I thought she did a pretty good job tonight,” he added. “The first inning they hit a couple balls hard off of her, but after that she calmed down and hit her spots.”

Sierra Selleck entered the game sporting a 5.13 earned-run average over 15 innings with eight walks and nine strikeouts and has been the No. 3 pitcher behind Bayli Toy and Julianne Gosnell.

“We had Bayli call our (pitches) and she did a really good job,” Sierra Selleck said.

After Hasty’s two doubles the Eagles had three other hits — Transier, Perkins and Sierra Selleck. Transier collected two RBIs with her hit and sacrifice fly.

While the Eagles had a .317 team batting average, in the previous two games they scored one run Wednesday at Northwestern and two Thursday at Manchester. Johnson said it was a welcome sight to see the offense click again ahead of Tuesday’s sectional softball game against Rochester.

“That’s a friendly way put it, that we’ve been in a hitting slump,” Johnson said. “But we’ve only had seven strikeouts in the two previous games and we’re putting bat on the ball.

“But we’re dinking and popping up and not putting the ball where we want it,” he added. “… (Against Northfield) we had some nice hits and had one or two that would have carried out on a non-windy day. I liked the swings we had tonight, but we got to work on that bunt for the sectional.”

Northfield opens sectional play Monday against Pioneer at North Miami and Holley said playing the Eagles was good preparation for the state tournament.

“We’ve played four games this week and (Thursday) we could tell we were getting tired,” he said. “We wanted to bounce back and play to our capabilities, and we did.

“We start five freshman and we’re still learning to play with each other,” Holley added. “One game we will be good and the next day we look like we couldn’t beat anybody.”

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