After a base running mistake in a pressure situation Thursday night, Oak Grove looked like the young team head coach Gary Ivy portrays them to be. Just a minute or two later though, the Lady Warriors reminded everyone that, regardless of their youth, they’re a team to be reckoned with.
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh with George County, Corinthians Stewart delivered for Oak Grove, as the junior gave the Lady Warriors a 2-1 win with a walk-off RBI single.
Shortly before, on the aforementioned base running error, Oak Grove had the potential, game-winning run cut down at the plate. Ivy says the plan all along was to give Stewart a chance to win it.
“We were just trying to help the runner get on and get Corinthians to the plate, because a fly ball at that point would score the run,” Ivy said. “That’s the kind of player Corinthians is. She steps up when you need her, and she stepped up in a big way for us tonight.”
But just as Ivy expected, George County didn’t make it easy. The Lady Rebels jumped on top 1-0 in the fourth inning when Kaitlyn Passeau, a Southern Miss signee, slugged a solo home run over the right field fence.
The homer came off Oak Grove starting pitcher Ryanne Hornsby, an eighth grader. Again though, age might’ve not been the issue.
“Ryanne throws so hard that if you make solid contact, you got a chance of hitting it out,” Ivy explained. “She hung the ball a little bit, and they jumped on it. That’s what good hitters do.”
It would be the only run Hornsby gave up in her complete game effort, as she allowed just four hits and struck out five Lady Rebel batters.
Run support for Hornsby first came in the fifth inning when Ashia Walker scored on a George County throwing error to tie it at one apiece. Then, in the seventh, the most important was added via Stewarts’ single down the left field line.
Oak Grove improved to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in district with the win, moving into sole possession of first place in the latter. The Lady Warriors have also won five straight dating back to late last month.
“I’m real pleased with the way we’re playing defense. And we’re pitching well,” Ivy said. “We just need to swing the bat better like everybody else. As long as we keep putting things together and making plays, we’ll be alright.”
The Lady Warriors will face George County again next Thursday in Lucedale.