Hayley Dower and Erin Mushtare gave Brieanna Baker exactly what she needed Wednesday.
Dower scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning shot up the middle by Mushtare before Baker struck out the side in the seventh to secure a 4-3 Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting Chenango Valley.
Sophomore Baker struck out 16 and walked one in a three-hitter, improving to 5-1 in her first season as the Yellowjackets starting pitcher.
“I’m not overly surprised because she’s been working hard since she was 7 years old,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said of Baker, who has struck out 84 batters this season. “She’s been nothing but wonderful for us so far.”
OHS (5-1, 5-1) opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning, but the Warriors tied it in the third on a two-run homer to center field by Brianna Stinson.
The Jackets broke the tie with a run in the third, but CV knotted it at 3 in the sixth.
Dower then led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left-center field off losing pitcher Dani Forbidussi, who relieved starter Morgan Hope in the fourth. Mushtare followed with a hard RBI grounder up the middle for the final margin.
Baker then struck out CV’s sixth, seventh and eighth batters in the seventh to end it.
“They’re a very dangerous team,” Brockway said of CV, which received two hits, two RBIs and two runs from Stinson. “They’re one of the better hitting teams we’ve faced. BB did a great job handling them.”
Mushtare finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Jackets, who received two hits and a run from Shelby Cleaveland. Emmalee Sloman contributed a run and an RBI for OHS, which visits Susquehanna Valley on Friday. The game is a rematch of last season’s Section Four Class B semifinal that SV won, 4-3.