ATGLEN — Nicole Walzak got a key hit in the seventh, and sophomore Maddie Sapp was solid in the circle in her first varsity start, helping the Hornets top host Octorara, 4-3, on Friday afternoon.
“We were doing all the little things you need to do to win,” said Oxford coach Josh Socash. “We were getting bunts down. We moved runners. We got the timely hits. We made the plays on defense, both the routine plays and Brooke Stotzfus and Alex Fernandez made some great plays with the glove.”
Octorara (1-14 Ches-Mont) got on the board first. After Ariel Feld reached on an error, Devon Amen singled to right. Feld was then erased at the plate as Gillian Michalowski reached on a fielder’s choice, but Lauren Greist brought Amen home, stroking a single to left.
The Hornets (3-13 Ches-Mont) took the lead briefly in the second. Brooke Stolzfus led off the top of the inning with a walk, then Hannah Bahls and Emily O’Connor reached on bunts to load the bases. Oxford stuck with the small ball, and Fernandez executed a perfect squeeze to score Stolzfus. Bahls scored when Alex Mitros reached on an error in center.
The Braves responded with a pair of their own in the bottom half of the inning, also by playing small ball. After Marian Gallagher walked, Jessica Cummings laid down a bunt along the first-baseline and beat it out for a hit. After each runner moved up on a passed ball, Jaycee Dagney sacrificed to score Gallagher. Cummings scored when Caitlin Coughlin beat out an infield single.
Then both pitchers settled in until the seventh.
“Jenny (Coyle) pitched a nice game for us,” said Octorara coach Brooke Tymeson. “We just didn’t make enough of the plays behind her.”