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Oldham pitches MGJHS past St. Elmo

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By Seth Whitehead

Rebecca Oldham continued her dominating ways Tuesday, pitching the Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team to a 3-0 home victory over St. Elmo.

Oldham struck out 17 and allowed just one hit, out-dueling St. Elmo starter Samantha Austin, who allowed just one hit of her own, while striking out 10.

Bases on balls proved to be the difference in the game, as Oldham issued just one walk, compared to seven by Austin.

Sam Goodin had Mulberry Grove's only hit, while Megan Maxey had St. Elmo's safety.

It was a rare off night offensively for Mulberry Grove, which has raced out to a 5-0 start by complementing Oldham's dominating pitching with heavy hitting.

The Lady Eagles topped St. Anthony on Monday, 17-3, as Oldham recorded 14 of 15 outs via strikeout.

Oldham combined to strike out 26 and allow no earned runs on just three hits in three victories at the Beecher City Tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Eagles combined to score 35 runs in wins over Newton, Stew-Stras and the host team, cruising to the tournament title.

Oldham hurled a no-hitter in the latter victory.

St. Elmo Results

Monday's Game

St. Elmo 12,

Altamont Lutheran 5

Austin was dominant in the pitcher's circle - striking out 17 and allowing just two earned runs - and her teammates gave her plenty of offensive support.

Maxey banged out three of the Eagles' 10 hits, finishing a homer short of the cycle with a single, double, triple and three RBIs.

Perry Manley and Savannah Feezel added two hits apiece, while Austin helped her own cause with a double and two RBIs. Ashlyn Porter also had two RBIs, finishing 1-for-3.

Austin allowed just one hit in seven innings, which helped her overcome 17 walks and five errors.

"She still needs to cut down on her walks," St. Elmo coach Tom Fedrigon said, "but when she threw strikes, she was absolutely dominating."

Last Thursday's Game

St. Elmo 7, Windsor 5

Maxey powered St. Elmo to its first victory of the young season by going 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs.

Maxey's grand-slam homer in the third gave the Eagles the lead for good.

Samantha Austin picked up the win by striking out 12 and allowing just one hit in five innings of relief, and Feezel was 2-for-2 at the plate.

Last Tuesday's Game

Teutopolis 5, St. Elmo 4

T-Town managed to hit just one ball out of the infield against Austin. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that one ball fell for a hit and drove in the game-winning run for T-Town in the bottom of the seventh.

Despite allowing just two hits and striking out 10, Austin took the tough-luck loss, as T-Town took advantage of 12 free passes.

Austin helped her own cause by going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Maxey was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Kara Waltrip was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

Last Monday's Game

Ramsey 17, St. Elmo 2

Allysa Cole was 1-for-1 with an RBI, and Maxey was 1-for-2, but Ramsey rolled, thanks in large part to 18 walks.