Oak Hill gets district win at Marshall


Oak Hill overcomes eight errors to win a 14-9 high school baseball slugfest Thursday night on the road over district rival Marshall Academy.

The Raiders seemingly had things on cruise control, jumping to a 7-0 lead after three innings and being in command 10-3 through four and a half innings. But when the Patriots made it interesting with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to close to within 10-8, Oak Hill responded with four of their own to regain control.

Dalton Magers took the win on the mound for Oak Hill, scattering five hits while walking two and striking out four in four innings. He gave up three runs but none of them were earned.

Parker Thompson went two innings, giving up four hits, while walking two and fanning five. He was charged with Marshall’s five runs in the sixth but only three of them were earned.

Jonah Caskey closed out the deal, allowing two hits and a run with two walks and a strike out in one inning of work.

The Raider defense hurt their own cause with eight errors, which contributed to five unearned runs.

“We hit the ball extremely well and Dalton Magers threw a great game,” Coach Mitch Bohon said.

“Defensively we made entirely too many mistakes. But if Mother Nature will ever cooperate and let us get some ground ball work and field practice, we’ve got a chance to make a run,” the coach added, referring to three weeks of wet weather that has cancelled games and forced most practices to be indoors.

The Raiders got an early start with three in the first. Caskey opened the game by reaching on an error. He stole second and went to third on a passed ball with one out. Manning Huffman drove in a run with a single and Ethan Bryan was hit by a pitch. Huffman stole third and scored on Cameron Dill’s infield grounder. A Robert Thompson single plated Bryan before a ground ball with runners at second and third ended the big rally.

Oak Hill added four more in the third when Bryan, Dill, Robert Thompson, and Bradley Jones scored. And only a double play on Caskey’s sharp liner to shortstop that caught Dale Buchanan off first prevented even more runs.

The Raiders got production up and down the lineup.

Caskey, Robert Thompson, Jaden Craven, Jones and Dill had two hits each with Dill’s both doubles. Thompson also drove in three runs while Manning Huffman, Dill and Craven had a pair of RBIs each.

Buchanan had a hit, RBI and run scored, and Collin Coggins had a run scored.

The Raiders also stole seven bases, including three by Caskey, the lead-off hitter, and two by Huffman.