By David Troppens
Grand Blanc — It looked like the Holly varsity softball team was on its way to defeating a 25-win Oxford squad in the semifinals of the Grand Blanc district Saturday.
The Bronchos scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead and were able to hold on to that lead for pretty much the rest of the game.
Well, the Bronchos did until the bottom of the seventh. That’s when Oxford answered back, scored two runs and earned a 3-2 victory.
With Maggs Boehm pitching a strong game and the defense playing pretty solid behind her, the Bronchos looked poised to record a big victory against the Wildcats entering the seventh. However, a pop fly that landed within the infield by Oxford batter Kiersten Irhke started a threat. After a sacrifice by Emma Morris, the tying run was on second base. Alexis Cardona responded with an RBI-double, and a passed ball advanced her to third base. The Bronchos intentionally walked the bases loaded and Caroline Mash responded with a bunt single, earning Oxford the 3-2 victory.
Oxford scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning.
Morris singled and two outs later, scored ball that was misplayed in the outfield. The Wildcats led 1-0.
Holly responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Delaney Jenkinson and Boehm had back-to-back singes and Hunter Weeder sacrificed them to second and third. Alivya Boehm singled, driving in Holly’s first run. An out later, an error allowed Maggs Boehm to score the second run.
Holly had other chances to score. In the fifth, an error and a walk to Jenkinson put runners on first and second with two out, but that threat ended with a fly out. In the sixth, Hunter Weeder had a lead-off single, but the runner never advanced beyond first. In the seventh, Autumn Lewis hit a two-out double, but the inning ended with a ground out.
Mags Boehm pitched a seven-hitter, and struck out nine batters. Alivya Boehm led the offense with two hits.