OAK HILL — It was the final game on her home field, and Oak Hill’s Kailey Adkins made it a memorable one.
The senior hurler allowed just two hits and struck out 11 batters as the Oaks moved past Chesapeake with a 4-1 victory in a Division III sectional semifinal on Tuesday.
“It’s go time and with her being a senior, she brought it,” Oak Hill coach Tom McNerlin said. “We’re going to go with her until she says no more, and she’s earned that right being here for four years and playing the way she has.”
The Oaks offense had their struggles on the offensive side, but they strung together enough hits and runs to give Adkins all the help she needed.
It was Adkins who got everything started after she notched an RBI groundout in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead.
Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Kallan Kinzel legged out an RBI single that pushed the lead up to 2-0.
While the Panthers continued their struggles against Adkins and company, the Oaks got a little more run support.
Breanna Davis registered an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third before scoring their final run in the next inning off a bases loaded walk.
“Offensively we hit the ball, but it always seemed like we hit it directly at someone for an out,” McNerlin said. “Chesapeake made a few nice catches to get out of innings and prevent runs from scoring. But we also didn’t run the bases very well, which is my fault and something we’ll clean up.”
The Panthers scored on an RBI single in the top of the seventh, but the damage was already done as the Oaks preserved the win to advance.
Adena 6, Oak Hill 5 (9 innings)
The Oaks led 5-3 and were one out away from claiming a Division III sectional title, but Adena’s Sydney Foglesong sent a two-out two-run shot over the fence to tie the game.
Two innings later, Emma Garrison broke the hearts of the Oaks’ with the game-winning run to end their season.