Spexarth's clutch HR propels Oak Ridge past The Woodlands
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles got a a four-RBI performance from Carter Spexarth and another stellar pitching performance from Jessica Rodriguez, in allowing The Woodlands to just three hits, en route to a 4-3 district home win over The Woodlands on Wednesday night.
“I think it is the mindset the girls get into when we play against the Woodlands because they’re our rivals. So I told them guess who we are playing next week, we are playing Summer Creek- Woodlands, so if we could bring that fire every game, no telling what we could do,” said Lady War Eagles Head Coach Amanda Brimberry.
In just like the previous meeting, Spexarth came through in the clutch for Oak Ridge. Spexarth smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that gave the Lady War Eagles a 4-1 lead. Oak Ridge and The Woodlands combined for five errors in the contest, with the difference being Oak Ridge scoring two unearned runs off errors.
Oak Ridge starting pitcher Jessica Rodriguez got her second win against the Lady Highlanders going the complete game giving up just three hits, two earned runs, two walks, while striking out four. The Woodlands started Emily Langkamp on the mound and she went three innings and gave up four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and one strikeout.
Abby Langkamp came in relief for The Woodlands and stifled the Lady War Eagles at the plate allowing just one hit from the fourth through the sixth innings.
In two games against Oak Ridge, the Lady Highlanders have committed four errors that have led to three unearned runs in two games that have been one-run contests.
“Same thing, three unearned runs. When you’re playing big games, you can’t make mistakes and expect to win and you have to be able to hit the ball, and we didn’t hit the ball,” Coach Jorgenson said. “Hats off to them, they played hard, they came out ready to play, and we weren’t ready to play for whatever reason.”
The Woodlands was led by leadoff hitter Aubrey Leach, who went 1-for-3 with a double and three-RBI’s and a run scored.
“We’ve dropped three games, against Kingwood, the one against College Park, and then Atascocita, so it was very important for us to get back on live-in together, and tonight we were on live-in together, in the huddle and everything. It was a good feeling,” Coach Brimberry said.
The Lady Highlanders will continue district play on Friday, April 17, at home versus Summer Creek at 6pm.
The Lady War Eagles will enjoy a bye on Friday and resume district play against Summer Creek on Friday, April 24.