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Lady Mustangs win against Highland County counterpart Whiteoak

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Lynchburg-Clay's Madison Baker is pictured in the Lady Mustangs' win at Whiteoak. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Scoring runs in the fifth and seventh innings, the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs defeated the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats, 4-2, overcoming a two-run deficit to gain the Southern Hills Athletic Conference win. 

It was WHS leading 2-0 after three innings with runs in the bottom of the first and third innings for the two-run lead, including a home run by Kylee Hamm in the third. 

From there, though, the Lady Mustangs tied the score with a two-run fifth inning, followed by two final runs in the top of the seventh inning for the SHAC victory. 

In the fifth, it was Autumn Griffith smashing a two-run home run to centerfield, batting in Caitlyn Collins to tie the score at 2-2. 

The top of the seventh inning began with a double by Jazzy Brown, followed by Collins taking first base on an error, moving Brown to third. Brown scored a run as she stole home plate, and later in the inning, Collins scored on a groundout by Reese Ruble.  

LCHS totaled seven hits in the win, with Noel Barnhill finishing 2-for-4. Collins scored two runs in the win, while teammate Griffith finished 1-for-4 with one run and two RBI. 

Ruble had one RBI in the win, and Avery Blankenship was 1-for-3 (a double) with a walk. Sophia Michael was 1-for-3 with a walk, Kami Collins finished 1-for-3 and Brown was 1-for-2 with a run. 

Kami Collins, Caitlyn Collins, Madison Baker and Brown all had steals. 

Barnhill was the winning pitcher, finishing with seven innings in the circle, while allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks, all while collecting 13 strikeouts. Barnhill threw 117 pitches, 77 for strikes. 

For Whiteoak, they have five hits in the loss. Jaylie Parr led the way at 2-for-3 with a run scored. Hamm was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Molly McMullen ended the game at 1-for-2 with a walk, and Madison Davidson went 1-for-2 with a walk. 

Davidson and Parr each hit a double for WHS. McMullen also collected a steal against LCHS. 

Bri Hill was charged with the loss, as she allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. She threw 128 pitches, 78 for strikes. 

The win moves LCHS to a 5-6 overall record, while WHS stands at 4-5 overall.

    000 020 2  — 4 7 0 
WHS    101 000 0 — 2 5 4

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Whiteoak's Kylee Hamm celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run.