Butler County Times Gazette
  • Orioles hold off Thunderbirds for home sweep

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  • Everything seemed to be going along fine for Augusta’s softball team in the first game of its doubleheader Friday.
    The Orioles were getting hits throughout the lineup, and Sidney Dey was untouchable on the mound as the Orioles led 9-0 after three innings.
    A stern Jean Gibbs, Circle’s head coach, called time to gather her players for a talk. The Thunderbirds responded with five runs in the next three innings to give Augusta a bit of a scare, but the Orioles sealed a win with a four-run sixth inning for a 13-5 win.
    Circle actually led early in Game 2 before the Orioles rallied for a 4-2 win to complete the sweep.
    Dey shined again on the mound. She didn’t allow  any baserunners until  Taylor Adlesperger hit a double that landed half a foot inside the third-base line with two outs in the fourth. Jordan Baughman hit another double to drive in the T-birds’ only run off Dey, who came out after the inning was done.
    By then, the Orioles already had taken control. Christina Downs, who has been picking up steam the last few games, doubled to left-center field to drive in Courtney Phillips for the first run of the game. Taylor Williams followed with an RBI single to score Downs.
    Jacie Gorges later drew a walk with the bases loaded for an RBI and a 3-0 lead after one inning.
    The Orioles batted around the order a second time in the second inning. Destiny Williams hit a lead-off double. Two Orioles were hit by pitches, one of which drove in a run and loaded the bases. Kalie Robinson then hit a 2-RBI single as the Orioles led 6-0 after two innings.
    Taylor had a sacrifice RBI and Jenna Lynch hit a 2-RBI?single to add three more runs in the third.
    After Dey came out, Circle’s offense tried to start a rally in the fifth. Courtney Kifer hit a 2-RBI triple, then scored a run on a bad throw by Augusta’s defense. Circle added a run in the sixth to cut its deficit to 9-5.
    Destiny singled to drive in two runs after a Circle throwing error, and Phillips and Taylor added an RBI apiece to clinch it.
    In Game 2, Circle jumped ahead 2-0. The Orioles tied it 2-2 heading into the sixth before scoring two runs to pull out a tight win.
    Gorges was 2-for-3, Katy Nordman was 1-for-2, and Robinson and Destiny both added a hit apiece in the win.
    Augusta (6-4) will play Buhler at home Monday.

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