Gettin’ lucky breaks
Published 12:04 am Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Opp took advantage of breaks that fell its way, and the Lady Bobcats beat Class 1A’s second-ranked Kinston 4-1 in softball action at home on Tuesday night.
Behind another strong pitching performance from freshman Katlynn Schively, the Lady Bobcats made big plays in the infield to quell the Lady Bulldogs’ offensive attack.
OHS held KHS scoreless until the seventh inning, when an unearned run scooted across on a throwing error.
Schively allowed four hits, one walk and struck out two batters for the win on the mound.
“We always preach to them that if we hold the other team to zero, we’re usually going to win,” OHS coach Jimmy Reeves said. “We held them to zero until right there in the last inning. That’s a very good offensive team right there. They’ll put a lot of pressure on you.”
In the top of the seventh inning, Lady Bobats’ catcher Tori Reisnour launched a shot to second baseman Savannah Gerber for a big first out on a caught steal from Kinston’s Breeann Biddle.
The next pitch was a ball and it drew a walk, which later turned into the Lady Bulldogs’ only run of the game.
“I’ll say this, we got breaks all day,” Reeves said. “We had balls falling in and it was just our day.
“To beat a good team like that, we need some breaks,” he said. “We got them. We’ll take it and be thankful and proud of it.”
With this victory, the Lady Bobcats improve to 7-0 on the season.
Opp scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning on five hits.
At the top of the order, Gerber reached on a single and came around on Octavia Thompson’s RBI single to put the game at 2-0.
Lady Bobcats’ outfielder Cayla Hughes reached on a bloop-double to left, to put runners on second and third.
Reisnour, who hit in the six-hole, laced a single to right field to score Thompson and Hughes, and OHS sat with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
“We had some good, timely hits,” Reeves said.
In the first inning, OHS got on board when Kelly Pierce singled Gerber home on a shot to center right field.
Opp found itself in a hairy situation in the top of the fifth with two runners on and one out.
Schively, with the sun in her eyes the majority of the game, didn’t break and got a strikeout for the second out on a 3-2 pitch. She then forced a ground out from shortstop Courtnee Chatom to end the threat.
Reeves said Schively’s got a “hot” hand.
“My ninth grade pitcher, she’s hot right now,” he said. “She’s doing a great job. My catcher’s doing a great job.”
Gerber went 3-for-4 with three singles to lead OHS. Chatom went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Kinston’s Arissa Davis went 2-for-3 with two singles.
In junior varsity action, Opp beat Kinston 7-1.
The Lady Bobcats will be back in action tomorrow night in an area doubleheader against Southside Selma at home.