Three runs in the top of the seventh inning wasn’t enough to lift the Oxford Chargers past West Point in a Division 2-5A contest Tuesday evening.
West Point led OHS all but one half of an inning and was ahead 6-2 after six innings before the Chargers (12-8 overall, 2-3 in division play) got to within one run and had the game-winning run on first base when the game ended with the Green Wave claiming a 6-5 victory.
“I was very proud of the way we came back in the seventh. We just kind of got outplayed up until that point. Not that we really played bad last night, West Point just played a little bit better. They had a couple more timely hits,” OHS coach Chris Baughman said. “In the seventh, our kids battled. We led off with a single and a walk. James (Lear) gets up and gets hit by a pitch but the umpire says he didn’t make an attempt to get out of the way. He ends up getting a single with two strikes. Then with the bases loaded and one out, William Elliott comes up and hits a rocket that almost knocks the center field wall down. He cleared the bases with a double. Henry (Webb) gets up and gets hit by a pitch. So we’ve got the tying run and the game-winning run on and we just couldn’t push it across.”
Oxford finished the contest with nine hits, while West Point collected 10.
Steven Whitfield started the game for OHS and logged 4.1 innings of work, while Luke Gibbs came on in relief. Gibbs was issued the loss in the contest. Elliott led the Chargers with three RBIs in the setback. OHS and West Point will play the second game of the season Friday at Edwin Moak Field at 6 p.m. (April 4, 2012, Page 3B)