Lady Blackhawks Hold Off UV’s Rally To Improve To 6 Wins As Beckwith Breaks Oxford’s Career Strikeout Record

By: Meagan Schulz

Lady Blackhawks hold off UV’s rally to improve to 6 wins as Beckwith breaks Oxford’s career strikeout record Frank Speziale Photo

NEW BERLIN – The Lady Blackhawks took the lead from the Storm, who held it after the first inning, by scoring six runs in the top of the second. From there, they never lost the lead again as they went on to win 9-6 Wednesday afternoon.

Oxford collected 16 hits in the game and were led by Trinity Vargas’ 4-for-4 day at the plate. Allison Beckwith also had a perfect batting average in the contest, having three hits in three at-bat while drawing two walks to reach the base path five times in the game.

Maddie Howe of Oxford led the team in the RBI column, finishing with two as she had two hits in the contest.

Unadilla Valley’s Jenna Hitt, Meegan White, Angie Clark, and Emily Hill each had two hits in the ballgame.

Hitt’s ground ball double through the middle of the infield in the bottom of the first inning sent Teresa Burgharct into score, putting the Storm up 2-0 early in the contest. White stole home for the first run scored by UV during Hitt’s at-bat.

The Blackhawks answered in the top of the second as Karley Miller started off what became a big rally for the visiting team with a single on a fly ball hit to left field. Vargas’ first hit of the game was a double to centerfield, moving runners into scoring position early in the frame.

After Catherine Northrup was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded for teammate Lilliana Gonzalez. On an 0-1 pitch, Gonzalez sent a fly ball to right field, scoring Miller. Tricia Bohannon nearly repeated the hit before her at-bat except she sent the ball to the opposite side of the field, sending Vargas across the plate for the 2-2 tie.

Oxford then used five more singles and a fielder’s choice ground out to score four more runs in the inning, taking a 6-2 lead.

Adding two in the top off the third and another run in the seventh, the Blackhawks were able to hold on for the win.

The Storm didn’t go away quietly though, scoring one run in the fourth and sixth innings. UV was able to put a rally together in the bottom of the seventh to score two more on three singles in the inning but back-to-back line-drive outs by Unadilla Valley batters ended the game short of the comeback.

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