It seems like a safe bet that Oxford senior James Lear will remember the last two days of March 2012 when he reflects on his high school career in a few years. One night after earning a save in Oxford’s 5-4 win over Saltillo, Lear led the Chargers to a 10-8 win over cross-town rival Lafayette at W.V. Brewer Field on Saturday afternoon.
Lear not only earned the victory on the mound by not allowing any of the batters he faced to score, but he broke an 8-8 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a towering two-run home run to propel the Chargers (12-7 overall) to a season sweep of LHS (6-10).
Saturday’s game was filled with plenty of offensive highlights for both teams. Oxford scored six runs in the first two innings and finished with 11 hits overall, while LHS scored all eight of its runs in the first three innings and also totaled 11 hits.
The difference was Lear’s ability to strand LHS base runners in scoring position, including four that advanced to at least second base the last three innings. (April 2, 2012, Page 9)