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September 24, 2013

SOFTBALL: No. 1 Hilldale drops Oologah, 5-3

(Continued)

HILLDALE — After Plant walked to load the bases, and Sarah Hughey struck out, McMillan ripped a single to left to score Mills and courtesy runner Megan Crow. Ibarra was next and delivered her single up the middle for her two runs batted in to make the score 4-0.

When Kenzie Mize grounded out to short to end the first, that was the first of eight straight batters retired by Oologah pitcher Hunter Jeffs (10-5) who struck out six Lady Hornets and scattered seven hits.

During that span, Oologah got runners into scoring position in the second and third innings, but were unable to bring a runner home. That was until the top of the fourth when the Lady Mustangs would score their three runs.

With the bases loaded and one out, Kenzie Kallio ripped a double to center to bring home all three baserunners. After moving to third on a groundout to second, Kallio looked as if she was going to score the tying run when Jeffs sent a ball up the middle, but Sarah Hughey corralled the ball just behind second based and gunned out Jeffs to end the rally.

“Having that defense behind me makes me feel great,” Riddle said. “I thought that ball was through for a hit. Even on my worse days, I still have them behind me.”

The Lady Hornets would add an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single off the bat of Kenzie Mize, who plated courtesy runner Tory Maxwell.

The Lady Hornets are in action again at 5 p.m. today when they travel to Wagoner for a re-match with the Lady Bulldogs, whom Hilldale run-ruled at Hilldale last month.

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