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April 24, 2014

Baker strikes out 18, but OHS drops the ball

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Junior Brieanna Baker had 18 strikeouts, but four Oneonta High errors helped visiting Chenango Forks to five unearned runs and the Yellowjackets lost, 6-5, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball game Wednesday.

“We expect a game here or there to be lost due to errors or whatever,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said of his young squad. “It’s one thing to get beat by a team, but it’s another thing to hand them a win and I feel we did that tonight. We’re going to keep working hard and learn from our mistakes. We didn’t give up and I’m glad about that. We rallied hard in the seventh.”

Trailing, 6-3, in the seventh, Oneonta’s Ally Baker reached on a throwing error with one out. After a strikeout, Brieanna Baker and Mia Obergefell drew walks to load the bases.

Sara Horne followed with her third hit of the day, a single to right-center that scored two runs to make it 6-5. Aiyana Roupp then grounded out to short to end it.

The Yellowjackets (5-3, 4-3) had 2-1 lead before the Blue Devils scored four times in the fourth inning. Three infield errors — one throwing and two fielding — helped Forks to its first three runs of the inning. Winning pitcher Kylee Warner capped the inning with an RBI triple to make it 5-2.

Forks made it 6-2 in the sixth, when Brooke Crowningshield hit a hard single to center and then advanced to third on a two-base fielding error. Crowningshield scored on a wild pitch.

Brieanna Baker’s 18 strikeouts were one off her season high, which came in a victory over Johnson City. Baker walked four and allowed six hits.

Horne finished with three RBIs for OHS, which will travel to play Susquehanna Valley today.

Cooperstown 23, Dolgeville 1

Maggie Hall hit for the cycle to lead host Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.

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