The Greenbrier East Lady Spartans defeated Oak Hill 9-3 on Friday, June 4 thanks in part to a huge fifth inning when they put up five runs. Olivia Plybon, Brooke Davis, Aubrey Glover, and Annabelle Honaker all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
With the win, the Spartans won the sectional championship and will move on to the Regional finals this week.
Oak Hill got things started in the first inning on an RBI groundout that put the Red Devils up 1-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, East tied things up at 1-all when Josie Patterson hit a hard ground ball that Oak Hill couldn’t field cleanly, and the error scored Annabelle Honaker who had ripped a double to get on base earlier.
The Spartans pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third, an error scored one run, Brooke Davis singled on an 0-1 count and knocked in a run, and Rylee Norman got an RBI single on a 2-2 count as East took a 4-1 lead after three innings.
East clinched the victory in the aforementioned fifth inning.
Josie Patterson led off with a double then Lindsey Black singled. Davis, Glover, and Honaker all moved runners across the plate with RBIs as well.
Taylor Graham got the win on the mound. She went 5.1 innings, allowed three runs on five hits and struck out nine. Josi Ervin threw 1.2 innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Hailey Byers took the loss for Oak Hill. She went six innings, allowed nine runs on 13 hits, struck out two and walked one.
East (18-6) had 13 hits in the game. Norman, Linsey Black, and Davis all collected multiple hits for East Spartans.
Norman and Davis each had three hits to lead the way.