OXFORD – The Oxford varsity softball team came into this past weekend coming of a 0-15 loss to Deposit, and sitting on a 0-4 record. However, Saturday's double header gave the lady Blackhawks their first two wins on the season, when they demolished Otselic Valley 25-6 and Walton 22-0.
The lady Blackhawks dropped their fourth consecutive game when they traveled to Deposit to take on the defending 2015 state champions.
The game was called after just five innings, but the Oxford team remained resilient as they only surrendered two really sub-par innings. If it weren't for the eight runs in the second inning or the six runs in the third inning, it would have been a 1-0 game for Oxford.
“We actually did pretty well on defense against a state ranked team. Deposit was the state champions last year so our defense wasn’t perfect. But overall they really did a nice job, I was pretty proud of them,” said Oxford head coach Heather Pizza.
The game was decided on Deposit's freshman pitcher who threw a no-hitter in the game. “She can throw heat, we just weren’t ready for her speed,” said Pizza. “They bunted well on us, and we haven’t been able to go over that much lately because we haven’t had practice with all the games.”
Despite the Deposit pitcher, Makenzie Stiles, who stole the show on the mound, The Oxford duo of pitchers, Allison Beckwith and Karly Marshman held their own when they only surrendered seven hits to Deposit.
Oxford was slated for a double header on Saturday at home when Otselic Valley came to town at 1 p.m.
In what looked to be a competitive game when the first inning was over, Oxford was only up 6-4. However, the lady Blackhawks seemed to catch fire in the second inning where they scored 11-runs to take a huge lead over OV.
“We had a really strong second inning to follow our strong first. That really carried the momentum the rest of that game and the rest of the day, they were really fired up. We were just hitting holes in the field, the girls were just on fire,” said Pizza.
Pizza elected to have Karly Marshman pitch the duration of the five inning game, a move that saw Marshman throw 96-pitches which included 9-strikeouts.
The game was all but over following the explosion of offense from Oxford in the second inning, as they would manage to shut out OV the rest of the game while also securing two more runs in the fourth inning.