BLOG — Oxford’s seventh straight win in Division 2-5A play Friday night garnered the Chargers a second title in three seasons as well as a coveted bye in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs.The Chargers defeated Saltillo 7-0 at Edwin Moak Field behind the pitching of Jason Barber, who collected a complete-game win by limiting the Tigers to just two hits. Barber also helped his own cause by driving in a run in a four-run fourth inning. Oxford collected five straight hits to start the fourth and finished with nine hits the last three innings.
Chadwick Lamar drove in two runs with a single in the fourth inning, while Jack McClure also drove in a run with a single. William Elliott led the Chargers at the plate with three hits, while McClure finished with two hits. Barber finished the game with five strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk until two outs in the seventh. He did hit A.J. Rye to start the game but Barber picked him as he tried to steal second base.
Winning the title for the Chargers, who end division play at home Tuesday at home against West Point, came just three nights after OHS defeated New Hope 8-1 on the road and a month after losing its first game to the Trojans 8-0.
“We knew going to New Hope the first time, it was something a lot of the guys hadn’t experienced but once they got in a groove and used to being in that kind of atmosphere, I think we adjusted,” OHS catcher Henry Webb said. “The way we’ve been playing the last six, seven, eight games, it’s been fun. This reminds of my sophomore year, that team, when we won the division last.”
Webb said the biggest difference between the 2011 team and the current group is heart and the impact made by underclassmen.
“We have a big heart and we love the game. Coach (Chris Baughman) was telling me that our two through five hole hitters didn’t get a hit at New Hope and these younger guys are stepping up and that’s something I haven’t seen as much, the younger guys are stepping up,” Webb said. “I went 0-for-4 tonight but the younger guys are stepping up and they’ve contributed a lot to the team. Sophomore year, there were only two underclassmen starting. It really surprised me to be honest.” (April 13, 2013)