In Monday evening action on the Hoover Millraney Field, O’Reilly Auto Parts faced off against Holton Industries in the early game. O’Reilly’s held a slight advantage in the first inning but allowed Holton Industries to creep back and claim the lead in the second and Holoton Industries never gave the lead back. Holton went on to win, 10-8.
In the top of the first, O’Reilly’s jumped out to an early lead. Kyra Perkins got things started with a walk followed by a single by Kara Best. Bella Cantrell reached base and brought in the first runs for O’Reilly’s. Holton picked up three consecutive outs but not before three runs were posted off base hits and in the middle of the first O’Reilly’s led 3-0.
Holton received four straight walks to start off the bottom of the first and the score was 3-1 before Holton even had hit the ball. Jaycie Hodges, Bre’anna Harris, Emma Muncey, and Bella Bain all reached on walks. Back-to-back strikeouts picked up by Holton and the inning looked like it might be over, and Grace Sparkman walked to score the second run of the inning and O’Reilly’s led 3-2 when the final out was recorded by a strikeout.
O’Reilly’s was off and running in the top of the second, or perhaps off and walking. A batter, Hailey Simpson was hit by a pitch and put the first runner on for O’Reillys. Lydia Netherton and Kaylee Sklenka each drew walks from Holton. Back to the top of the lineup and Perkins singled and runs started to pile up for O’Reilly’s and they took a 5-2 lead. After the first out, Cantrell singled and drove in another run for a 6-2 lead. Cadi Beth Todd was hit by a pitch and Mia Hobbs walked and after another big inning, O’Reilly’s led 8-2.
In the bottom of the second, two walks to Kailey Muncey and Samantha Mason put runners aboard for Holton Industries. The first out came off a strikeout at the top of the lineup. Harris, Emma Muncey, Bain, and Katie Blackman all reached base and walked around the bases. Another strikeout ended the inning and Holton was tied 8-8 and right back in the game.
O’Reilly’s was up in the top of the third inning and in the bottom of the batting order. They went three up, three down for their final trip to the plate and the score remained locked at 8-8.
Holton Industries was up to its final at-bat after three straight walks allowed Abby Hodge, Kailey Muncey, and Samantha McCormick to reach base and Holton threatened to score. A strikeout was recorded for the first out with bases loaded. Another walk by Harris brought in Hodge for the go-ahead run at 9-8 for Holton Industries. Emma Muncey added some insurance with a single and scored Kailey Muncey for a 10-8 lead and the second out came on a strikeout and the game was over.
In a come-from-behind win, Holton Industries defeated O’Reilly’s Auto Parts by a final score of 10-8.