OAKS - Tuesday's morning rainfall gave way to a hot and humid, sweat-soaked afternoon as the Oaks girls fast pitch team took on Wyandotte at Lady Warrior Field Tuesday evening. And the Lady Black Bear bats, in addition to a half dozen Oaks errors, were too much for the home team.
Stephni Wilson took the hill for the Warriors and got the Wyandotte lead off batter to pop out to center field. But Amber Lyons stroked a single and promptly stole second and third base. Lyons scored on Micah Meador's RBI single.
Allison Douthit followed with a single, to put runners at the corners. Wyandotte's Tisha Gray cracked a two-out, run scoring double for a 2-0 edge. Wilson was able to strike out the next batter, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position.
Wyandotte's starting pitcher, Kortney Leppla walked Oaks lead off batter, Lauri Osborn. Osburn moved to second base on Wilson's perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, but was ultimately stranded there as Leppla got the next pair of hitters down in order.
The top of the second would prove to be the game's most pivotal frame as the Lady Bears sent 10 hitters to the dish, banged out five hits and took advantage of the first two Warrior errors to score four more times.
Although she walked two Oaks batters in the bottom of the second, Leppla didn't allow a ball out of the infield, keeping the home team off the scoreboard.
After Wilson pitched her way out of trouble in the top of the third, Wyandotte freshman Gray took over the pitching duties from Leppla. And the Warrior offense came to life. Wilson started the rally with a one-out single and came in to score on Francis Milspaugh's triple. Milspaugh made it 6-2 when she crossed the plate on Alli Foreman's RBI sacrifice.
Wyandotte trumped the Warriors' effort in the previous frame when they scored three more times as the result of another pair of errors and a Jessica Enyart basehit.
Following a scoreless fifth, Ray Anderson led off the top of the sixth with a triple and scored on another Oaks error. Lyons then slapped a one-out single and stole both second and third. Meador followed with her third RBI hit of the game, plating Lyons for a second time. Meador scored her second run of the afternoon on another Douthit hit before Wilson could put out the fire.
In the home half of the inning, Oaks picked up three walks, and thanks to a pair of errors, scored three times without a base hit. The Lady Bears added an insurance run in top of the seventh and pitched around a Foreman double to prevail, 12-5.