OXFORD, Mich. - The Oxford Varsity Softball team finally had the opportunity to play a doubleheader in what most would consider a perfect day. The weather was perfect, the opponent was difficult and the crowd was ready. This was senior night for Oxford. Oxford's Lauren Donaldson, Kaitlyn Bean, and Hannah Vachon were set to play Lake Orion for the last time in their illustrious careers. These seniors have won 96 varsity games thus far for the softball program. Playing top ten state ranked Lake Orion on senior night was going to be a challenge. Oxford Coach Kenny Allen said, "all 13 girls on this team were focused on the task at hand, and that task was beating Lake Orion twice- for the seniors".
In game one Kaitlyn Bean set the tone by striking out 6 of the first nine batters Orion sent to the plate. "Her pitches were moving and she was hitting her spots very well," commented Allen. Oxford got on the scoreboard first with a two out RBI single by Senior Hannah Vachon. That lead would not last long as Orion came charging back scoring 6 runs in the 4th and 5th inning. "Lake Orion is a very good hitting team and they score a lot of runs, however, Bean and out team was not phased and shut them down in the 6th and 7th innings". Bean finished the day with 12 strikeouts. Oxford, with time seemingly running out on them decided to simply go out and win the game for the seniors. Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning the wildcat bats woke up. The energy was building and the crowd was noticeably ready for what was about to happen. With one out in the bottom of the sixth Kenzie Miller drilled a single up the middle. It was go time. The next five batters reached base and with two outs, basesloaded, tying run on second, winning run on first base, senior Vachon stepped up to the plate. Family, friends, alumini and even the Vasristy boys baseball team were going crazy in the stands. And, On the third pitch of the at bat Vachon drilled an absolute LAZER to right center for a triple! The crowd was going crazy. "I think they heard the roar of the fans at Meijer's", commented a fired up coach Allen. Oxford took the lead and won the game in dramatic fashion. A huge win. Sarah Tyrrell had two hits and two RBIs. "We have a lot of heart and a lot of fight. I am very proud of these girls. They work very hard every day. They are smart, they work hard, and they believe in themselves. This was a good win." Coach Allen. Oxford 7 Lake Orion 6
In Game 2, senior Hannah Vachon took the mound and after the first pitch it was pretty clear that she was intent on not only winning this game but dominating. It wasn't until 2 outs into the 3rd inning that Lake Orion got its first hit. Oxford on the other hand came out swinging and scored two in the first inning. Oxford would add a run in the 5th and a run in the 6th and that was more than enough for Vachon. Senior Lauren Donaldson continued her hot hitting by collecting two hits and an RBI. Chloe Allen added two hits and Alexis Cardona chipped in a hit and a stolen base. "To jump out to a lead in the first inning like that was huge. It really set the tone for the game." Allen said. With a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th (League rules require each team to be home in a double header) Lake Orion was able to load the bases with two outs. Vachon quickly ended that rally with a strikeout to end the inning. "Hannah was really dialed in. She had good command and great movement. She is a competitor big time" Allen stated. "These were two big wins for us. Lake Orion was 18-2 coming into today and they average something crazy like 25 runs per game. Our senior pitchers and catcher really did a beautiful job today. Lewis (Lauren Donaldson) threw out 2 of the three girls that tried to steal on her and she destroyed the ball at the plate again. I hope we continue to play this hard every inning of every game. This team has heart."
Oxford now moves to 12-1 on the season. And sits in a first place tie with Clarkston in the OAA Red.