Dash for home lands win for Raiders

Oak Hill’s Dalton Magers releases a curveball.
Staff Writer

Oak Hill built a big lead, watched it slip away and then survived a wild extra inning to claim a 12-11 high school baseball win Saturday afternoon over visiting Lee Academy.

The Raiders built leads of 4-0 and 7-2 before the Colts chipped away, finally tying the game at 7-7 in the seventh. That set the stage for the crazy eighth when the visitors from Clarksdale put up a four-spot to seemingly take control only to watch the Raiders roar back with some good at-bats to snatch the win away on Dale Buchanan’s dramatic dash for home with two outs.

That came after a single, two hit batsmen and four walks produced three runs.

The two teams used eight pitchers with Dalton Magers, Jonah Caskey, Ty Freeman and Alex Powell sharing the load for the Raiders. They gave up six hits, walked six and struck out 12. Of the 11 runs, eight were earned. The Colts belted a pair of homers, including a dramatic grand slam in the eighth that appeared to clinch the win.

Meanwhile Lee Academy’s four pitchers surrendered seven hits, walked 13 and struck out nine. Of the 12 Oak Hill runs, 10 were earned. All seven Oak Hill hits were singles.

Manning Huffman had two of them, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored from his leadoff spot. Jake Glusenkamp went 2-for4 with an RBI and a run scored. Alex Powell, Ethan Bryan and Jaden Craven each had a hit with Bryan driving in two runs and scoring three. Bradley Jones drove in two runs and Robert Thompson scored twice.

Oak Hill got out early, pushing across Caskey and Bryan with two outs in the first.

They got two more in the second as Craven walked and Dale Buchanan was hit by a pitch. Glusenkamp singled, and Huffman singled. Cameron Dill, Caskey, and Bryan followed with consecutive walks to force in the runs and put the Raiders up 4-0.

Huffman, Thompson and and Bryan scored in the fourth to make it 7-2, before Lee Academy started its comeback. The Raiders had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but couldn’t get the winning run across.

That set up the eighth.

The Colts loaded the bases with one out on a hit batsman and two walks. Sophomore lead-off man Graydon Guillick then homered to right.

But Oak Hill didn’t quit.

Powell singled with one out, Bryan and Thompson were hit by pitches, and Jones walked to get one run home. After another out, Buchanan, Glusenkamp and Huffman all managed to work through two-strike counts for run-producing walks that tied the game.

That set the stage for Buchanan who judge a ball in the dirt perfectly and raced home before Lee’s catcher could get control and make the tag.

Coach Mitch Bohon praised his team, which could have folded after the eighth-inning slam. Instead, they put together tough at bats to work walks.

“We are starting to put it together piece by piece,” he said.

The Raiders are at district foe Carroll Academy today before Carroll comes to West Point Thursday.