Owls Handle Patten, Fall to Urban Knights
Story by Oregon Tech intern David Buchanan
BRISBANE, Calif. – The Oregon Tech softball team came to play in their opening game against Patten, Scoring 10 runs on 14 hits, but would struggle to find their rhythm facing the Urban Knights in game two, losing in the last inning 6-5.
OIT remains at an even .500 on the season at 10-10 and will look to improve their record in their second doubleheader rematch with the same Bay Area schools tomorrow.
A slow start, OIT would find a groove in the 3rd, scoring eight runs on eight hits. The inning started with a walk to Andria Wheatley followed by a single by Ashleigh Larson. Freshman Jess Plummer would connect with a double, scoring the first two runs for OIT. A single and a stolen base by Taylor Schmidt would allow yet another two run RBI by catcher Kayde Schaefer. Still the Lady Owls weren't done. Brittany Cherry, Andria Wheatley and Larson would each add an RBI before the inning was over.
A run in the 4th by Schaffer's fielder's choice and a solo homer by Ashleigh Larson in the 5th would seal game 1 for OIT, winning due to the 8-run rule by a 10-1 final.
OIT would find a much tougher challenge in game two against the Urban Knights, robbing OIT of the victory with two runs in the 7th inning.
OIT would score first, Brittany Cherry would pull in a run off an error throw to second base late in the second. Yet the Knights would answer, scoring three runs off of three hits in the 3rd inning. With two outs, Academy of Art would manage a single, setting up an three run homerun to move to a 3-1 lead.
OIT's determination would climb in the 4th, scoring three runs of their own, started by a double to center field from Cherry. Mikey Eustance would single and advance Cherry to third, while an error by the Knights pitcher would allow Cherry to score and advance Eustance to second. Ashleigh Larson then connected on a homer to left to put OIT back on top 4-3.
With the Owls holding a 5-4 edge in the 7th, the Urban Knight would steal the game from OIT in the last inning. Tired, OIT would give up an error and fielder's choice to the Knights and allow Aweau an RBI single to tie the game. With Hanchey advancing to third, Coa was able to push one through the right side with the RBI single to win the game 6-5.
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