Softball Team Wins Over Maconaquah

Posted on April 12, 2019 in Softball, Spring Sports

Kaela Robey

Senior Kaela Robey runs the bases vs. Maconaquah

CONVERSE — Everything was clicking for the Oak Hill softball team Thursday evening, and the Golden Eagles throttled their neighbor Maconaquah for a 5 1/2-inning victory.

From Bayli Toy’s pitching to Kaela Robey’s power and a defense that turned three double plays, the Eagles defeated the visiting Braves 11-1 and ended the game early on the 10-run mercy rule. Toy pitched a one-hitter, while Robey launched her fifth home run and collected four RBIs.

Oak Hill moved to 4-1 with its only loss to Class 3A Top 10-ranked Northwestern and Maconaquah fell to 3-2.

“When this team plays at a high level I think we can win some ball games,” Oak Hill coach Ben Johnson said. “I don’t know how many because we have a lot of good teams around the area.”

Toy allowed a single to Carra Wolf, her Maconaquah counterpart in the circle, to open the game and from there issued just two walks to Braves batters. The Braves’ only run scored in the third inning after Josie Pyke drew a leadoff walk and came around to score with the help of an Oak Hill error. Julianne Gosnell relieved Toy in the sixth and retired the Braves in order.

While Toy and shortstop Jenessa Hasty committed errors, they started two of the three double plays. Hasty also made a leaping catch of a line drive and took away a hit in the second inning. Toy struck out only one batter, giving her defense plenty of opportunities to make plays.

“That was crazy,” Toy said of the three double plays. “We work on those and it’s cool to see it out there in a game.”

Johnson said the defense is no accident and the team continually works hard on making plays.

“Whether it’s Bayli or ‘JuJu’ (Gosnell), we know we’re going to have a quality outing from the circle,” he said. “So we’ve worked a lot on communication — girls, you do your job because you know your pitcher is going to do her job — and they’ve done a great job all year.”

Oak Hill’s offense struck for 11 hits and another three hitters walked or were hit by a pitch, creating plenty of scoring opportunities. The Eagles scored at least one run in every inning except the fifth and had four-run innings in the fourth and sixth, the latter putting the mercy rule in effect. Robey’s homer occurred in the fourth and was a solo shot to deep center field on a two-strike pitch.

“I tend to do that a lot,” Robey said of hitting with two strikes. “I’m just swinging for hard contact.

“We’ve had games where three or four or five girls came out hitting the ball hard and we finally had a full game of everyone was hitting the ball,” she added. “It’s really exciting to watch and be a part of it.”

Robey finished up 3-for-4 and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle. After her homer, Robey came back with a two-run triple in the fourth and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Coleena Selleck was another productive hitter and was 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot with two RBIs and two runs scored. The one time Selleck didn’t get a hit in the sixth, she reached base on Braves third baseman Savanna Miracle’s errant throw and then sprinted around the bases to score following another misplay in the outfield.

Maconaquah had not made a fielding error until the sixth and then had three in the inning. Wolf departed after facing three batters, but her replacement Miracle surrendered hits to Robey and Ashlyn Transier and the game ended when Korinne Perkins’ ground out scored Robey with the 11th run.

“No one ever wants to be 10-run ruled,” Maconaquah coach Jenna Wittenberg said. “Mentally, I don’t think we were here today. A lot of other stuff was going on. We got a young team and five freshmen are starting and when we’re not all here mentally and on the same page it can get ugly.

“Plays that we could of, should of gone somewhere else, there was a lot of that. But Oak Hill was putting the ball in play and putting the ball in play hard and we didn’t match it.”

Hasty was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs and Perkins contributed a double.

“We know Maconaquah’s program is on an upswing and their coach is doing a real nice job,” Johnson said. “I told the girls you better be ready to go or you’re going to walk away with a home game loss.

“Thankfully, they listened and defensively we rolled and Bayli gave up one hit and all the bats looked good,” he continued. “Kaela Robey’s bat always looks good, Jenessa’s bat always looks good, and it’s great to see all the other girls jumping in and getting it going.”

Oak Hill plays at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tipton, which has been changed from a doubleheader to a single game.

Maconaquah hosts Blackford in a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m.

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