Butler County Times Gazette
  • Orioles close season with road split of Clearwater

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  • The Augusta softball team won four of its final six games during a five-day stretch to close the regular season with a 12-8 record.
    While that’s not a bad record, coach Ray Aguirre was hoping for better.
    The Orioles split with Clearwater, by beating the Indians 5-2 with Sidney Dey on the mound in the opener, then losing 3-2 in the nightcap.
    “This is one of those times where you wish you knew how to get the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde out of them,” Aguirre said. “We played like champions on Saturday, and we were just here [Monday].
    “Person for person, they’re one of the best teams I’ve ever had. They just don’t know how to go out and destroy a team. They just won’t do it,” Aguirre added.
    Augusta settled for a split at Rose Hill Saturday as part of a rainout makeup doubleheader. The Orioles won 8-0 with Dey on the mound and came up one run short in an 11-10 thriller in the nightcap.
    In the season’s final game, Clearwater scored a run in the second and fifth innings for a 2-0 lead.  Kelsi Sears scored a run in the top of the sixth to pull Augusta within one. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Megan Burkett lined a clutch single to score Jenna Lynch for a 2-2 tie.
    But in the bottom of the seventh, Clearwater got runners on second and third after an Oriole error, and got one final hit to drop right in front of right fielder Jacie Gorges in right field for a walk-off win.
    In Game 1, Dey allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out three Indians in a complete-game win. Destiny Williams had a triple and a run for Augusta. Taylor Williams had an RBI?and a run. Kalie?Robinson was 3-for-4 and Katy Nordman had a double and an RBI.
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