Freshman Megan Hayes was given the game ball by coach Ray Aguirre after Augusta’s softball team swept Winfield Thursday.
Hayes picked her first varsity win by throwing five strikeouts and giving up just three runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Orioles gave her more than enough run support for an 8-4 win.
The win capped a sweep for the Orioles, who shut out Winfield (6-11) 3-0 in the opener.
“What can I say, the first five innings, she just shut them down. She didn’t give them much to hit, and when they did hit, they hit right to us,”?coach Ray Aguirre said of Hayes.
Winfield finished with just six hits off of Hayes, who was excited to get her win.  She retired the side three straight innings before the Vikings scored two runs in the fifth.
“Some of the balls I pitched, they just didn’t go the way I?wanted them to. My curve ball was working well, and so were my inside pitches,” Hayes said.
Aguirre said Hayes seemed a little tired toward the end of the game. That’s when freshman Brooke Eberhardt came in for the final out of the fifth and finished the last two innings. She gave up just one run.
Earlier in the day, senior Sidney Dey threw a one-hitter and allowed no runs in seven innings. Dey was never out of control and simply stymied the Vikings hitters all game long. She finished with five strikeouts and gave up just two walks despite a tight strike zone for the pitchers.
“She was as dominant as can be. She had them hitting balls on their fists all day,” Aguirre said.
The Orioles were putting runners on base all game. They couldn’t find the gaps when they needed them to put away Winfield early. Aguirre noted with a sense of irony that the Orioles came within inches of driving in way more runs than three.
“We’re hitting the ball solid, and they’re outs,” Aguirre said.
The Orioles’ first inning of both games were identical. Christina Downs got a hit, Taylor Williams moved her to second and Kalie Robinson drove in Downs for 1-0 leads. In the opener, Jacie Gorges was clutch with an RBI single in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Augusta added a run in the seventh.
In Game 2, Gorges was clutch again, coming up with an RBI double in the second inning for a 2-1 Oriole lead. Courtney Phillips drove in a run later in the inning.
Megan Burkett broke open the game with a crushing 3-RBI triple in the fifth for a 6-1 lead.
Augusta (10-6) plays Rose Hill Saturday morning for a make-up doubleheader, then closes the regular season Monday at Clearwater.

-Augusta's junior varsity team picked up another pair of run-rule wins against the Vikings.

Megan Burkett was 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple in the Orioles' 12-0 win in Game 1. Morgan Kirk was 2-for-3 with two runs. Augusta scored seven runs in the fourth inning. Brooke Eberhardt added a triple.

In Game 2, Emily Emmitt was 2-for-4 and Jordan Hill and Nicole Becker both were 2-for-3 as the Orioles won 15-2. Kirk added a triple. Becker got the win on the mound.