Chargers rally to defeat Germantown

It came down to the last inning for the Oxford Chargers. Needing three runs to force extra innings, and four to win, OHS decided on the latter.

Oxford overcame the Mavericks to win the first game of the MHSAA Class 5A best-of-three series 8-7 at Edwin Moak Field Friday night. The series was scheduled to start at Germantown, but rain forced it begin at OHS.

The Chargers’ comeback in the seventh was started when Jason Barber was hit by a pitch. Chadwick Lamar reached on an error, while Houston Roth loaded the bases with a single. Ben┬áBianco then drove in Joey Walden and Chadwick Lamar with a single to make it 7-6 Germantown.

Wes Snellgrove scored the game-tying run for the Chargers, while Pittman Phillips, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored the game-winning run after Brooks Krouse came through with a single.

Krouse, the No. 2 hitter, and Jack McClure, the No. 3 hitter, combined for five hits in eight official trips to the plate.

Barber went the distance for the Chargers, overcoming three runs allowed in the first inning, to stay in the game. Barber finished with six strikeouts against two walks. He allowed one home run and eight hits overall.

Game 2 of the series will be played tonight at Germantown. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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