OAK HILL —
Shady Spring spotted promising Oak Hill freshman pitcher Ciera Workman one good inning.
Then the Tigers showed why they’re the No. 8 Class AAA team in the state.
Workman struck out the side in the first inning, but gave up 11 runs over the next two as Shady remained unbeaten with a 12-0 victory Tuesday.
“It takes our girls one time around and then they know what they have to do to hit,” first-year Tigers coach Nikki Mackey-Hall said. “They’re very disciplined.”
Workman brought heat and mixed her pitches well in the opening inning in making short work of the Tigers’ Sierra Richmond, Kelsey Robertson and Alexis DeMoss.
The rest of the way was a nightmare, however.
Workman walked Tigers slugger Mackenzie Milam to open the second inning, and Katie Snodgress hit into an error at shortstop.
Michelle Snodgress followed with a run-scoring single to left. Two outs later, McKenzie Severt walked and Richmond lined a shot up the middle to score the Snodgresses and make it 3-0.
Milam hit into an error at third base to lead off the third. Katie Snodgress doubled and Michelle Snodgress drove in both baserunners with a single to left.
Seven more runs in the fourth, on three errors and just one base hit, led to the game being ended by the mercy rule.
Workman allowed five hits, walked six and struck out six in 3 1/3 innings of work.
“You have to keep in mind that Sierra is only a freshman. People are shocked to hear that,” Oak Hill coach B.J. Jones said. “That was a pretty good team she pitched against today. They’ll knock you around once they catch up.”
The Tigers received strong efforts on the mound from Michelle Snodgress and reliever Autumn Kauff.
Snodgress pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and no walks and striking out six.
She worked out of an jam in the first inning when Oak Hill’s Sydney Greer bunted into an error at first. Hannah Johnson followed an out later with a sharp single to right, putting runners on the corners.
Snodgress then struck out Ciara Legg to extinguish the threat.
Only one batter would reach second base against her over the next two innings.
“Michelle is a very good No. 2 pitcher,” Mackey-Hall said. “We’re working to build her confidence up. She’s getting there.
Kauff added a scoreless fourth. In all, Oak Hill had three hits, including two doubles by Hannah Powers, and stranded four baserunners.
Snodgress had two hits for Shady, and both she and Milam scored three runs.
The Tigers improved to 8-0 win the win.
“Yesterday we beat Greenbrier East in 10 innings. We were down the whole game, but we fought back and won 7-5,” Mackey-Hall said.
“I could tell from the first week of working with these girls they were going to have a good season.”
Shady will play Friday in the Best of the Best Tournament at Buffalo High School.
Oak Hill (2-4) hosts Midland Trail today.
“We have a lot of young blood. We have a freshman battery, and our older girls are sophomores,” Jones said.
“It’s working out nicely. It’s a good situation to be in.”
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Shady Spring 12, Oak Hill 0,
SS: 032 7 — 12 5 2
OH: 000 0 — 0 4 5
SS: Michelle Snodgress, Autumn Kauff (4) and McKenzie Severt, OH: Ciera Workman, Morgan Harrah (4), Samantha Davis (4) and Hannah Johnson. WP — M. Snodgress. LP — Workman. Hitting — SS: Sierra Richmond 1-3 (2 rbi), Kelsey Robertson 1-2 (r), Katie Snodgress 1-4 (2b, 3 r), M. Snodgress 2-3 (3 rbi, r), Carley St. Clair (r), Kali Bragg (rbi), Alexis DeMoss (r), Cassie Lilly (rbi), MacKenzie Milam (3 r), Morgan Hylton (2 r, rbi); OH: Johnson 1-2,, Hannah Powers 2-2 (2 2b).
Records: SS 8-0, OH 2-4