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Softball: RHS Lady Jacks battle the OHHS Red Devils

Richwood, WV – The Richwood High School Lady Jacks fought against the Oak Hill High School Red Devils amid their softball game at Pratt Park yesterday evening, however, they finished just shy of a win, losing 4-2 of a nine-inning battle.

Through the first two innings, it was as tranquil as the sunrise. In the top of the second inning, Lady Jack pitcher, Hannah Lipps, managed to record three consecutive strikeouts, which led into the bottom of the third inning.

In the bottom of the third, Hannah Lipps smacked a line drive into the outfield for a base hit. From that point forward, Abby Acree hoped to capitalize on Lipp’s extraordinary hit.

Oak Hill’s pitcher neglected to remain calm, eventually walking Abby Acree with a 4-ball count. But Oak Hill had the capacity to stay composed after that. Finally, with two on base, the Red Devils battled out of an awkward position, permitting zero runs.

In the top of the fourth, the game began to become much more exciting. An Oak Hill batter crushed a line drive to centerfield, but Richwood’s centerfielder, Emily Dillard, made a fantastic catch for the first out. At the end of the top of the fourth inning, the score remained 0-0.

After that, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Kiara Smith hit a grounder for a base hit. Following Smith was Katie Bell, she recorded a double hit and led Kiara Smith to third base. Up next was Hannah Lipps. With two outs, however, Lipps struck out, which ended the fourth inning.

To start the top of the fifth inning, as the score still stood at 0-0, Kiara Smith retrieved a ground ball, threw a bullet to Trinity Amick at first base, and got the Oak Hill runner out. After that, another Oak Hill batter chipped a ball behind home plate. Lady Jacks catcher, Sydney King, quickly rose up and grabbed the ball for the second out. However, Oak Hill hit a great ball to score the first run of the ball game.

At the bottom of the fifth, the score stood at 1-0, with Oak Hill in the lead.

Emily Dillard hit a good ball for a base hit. While Kiara Smith was at bat, Dillard then went on to quickly steal second base. Smith hit a base hit and recorded an RBI. At the end of the fifth inning, the score was tied yet again at one run for each team.

The softball game stayed tied at one up until the ninth inning. At the top of the ninth inning, with two on base, an Oak Hill girl hit a walk-off home run.

Richwood High School’s key player of the game was certainly sophomore pitcher Hannah Lipps. With great pitching, she recorded eight strike outs and she also helped hold Oak Hill to just one run through eight innings.

The Lady Jacks will travel to Princeton, WV and play a non-conference game against Pike View High School this evening at 5:30 P.M.

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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