Two strong pitching performances from Ciara Steward and timely hitting on the part of Mallory Tucker and Alison Lyon helped lift the Oxford Lady Chargers to a series sweep of Starkville in the opening round of the MHSAA’s Class 5A playoffs. (more…) (April 23, 2012, Page 3B)
The Oxford Lady Chargers didn’t wrap up their home slate like they would have liked Monday, falling to Bruce 6-3 on Senior Night.
With the playoffs right around the corner, Oxford’s inability to consistently close out innings without allowing Bruce to score, coupled with the Lady Chargers’ errors in the field and on the base path, bothered head coach Lauren Hill. (April 17, 2012, Page 7)
Water Valley’s fast start on the softball diamond led to a 15-2 win over Oxford on Tuesday night in Water Valley. The Lady Blue Devils scored five runs in the first inning and added a run in each of the next three innings in their five-inning win. WVHS finished with 15 hits in the victory and was aided by four OHS errors. Tonya Phillips led the Lady Blue Devils with three hits in the contest. Haley Vance, Shade Epes, Mallory Washington, Erica Rice and A.K. Burns each had two hits. Vance led WVHS with four RBIs, Taylor Epes earned the win as she finished with four strikeouts Water Valley returns to action Friday at Independence at 5 pm. while the Lady Chargers play a doubleheader at Calhoun City on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (March 21, 2012, Page 6)
The Oxford softball team fell to Bruce 13-1 in its season opener on Friday. Freshman pitcher Ciara Steward took the loss for the Lady Chargers. OHS gets back at it Thursday at New Albany. The game is set for a 5:30 p.m. start. (February 28, 2012, Page 9)
A split in middle school softball action between Lafayette and Oxford at the Charger Classic Friday evening was secondary to the valuable playing time and experience earned on the field for the two teams.
In the first action of the year for the two first-year programs, the goal of playing against somebody else and working out some kinks was gained in the two, one-hour contests. (more…) (February 27, 2012, Page 3B)
Dinner time at Lauren Hill’s house has been a lot more lively and has included a lot more people this offseason. Oxford’s fourth-year fastpitch softball coach recently hosted a dinner for her Lady Chargers in the attempt to bring the team together heading into the 2012 season.
Hill said she feels good about her core group of players and about the potential this young team has moving forward. (February 23, 2012, Page 7)
Leadership is a quality that all coaches, at any level and in any sport, hope to get from a few key players each season. It’s an intangible that helps a team define the path to victory as well as deal with the agony of defeat.
With Tommie Shelby’s induction into the Buster Dixon Walk of Fame and the unveiling of a plaque recognizing all of the winners of the award for contributions to the local summer softball scene, Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at his involvement in, and memories of, Oxford Park Commission youth and adult softball. (April 20, 2011, Page 4A)