Chargers take care of business in 5A playoff openers

baseball_icon_greenBy John Davis

Oxford Citizen

OXFORD – A fast start led to a relatively quick ending for the Oxford Chargers on Friday evening at Edwin Moak Field.

OHS defeated Jackson Callaway 10-0 to earn a sweep in the play-in round of the MHSAA Class 5A baseball playoffs.

Even though Oxford, which beat Callaway 11-0 in the opener, may have gotten in from Jackson early Friday morning, the Chargers were more than good enough, at the plate, and on the mound.

“We were dragging before the game and the challenge was to just take care of your business,” OHS coach Chris Baughman said. “We’ve had the challenge of doing more than just showing up the past two weeks and we did a great job of that. They did what was expected of them. I’m proud of them. We’re going to enjoy for the weekend and get ready for a big, huge challenge next week.”

Oxford advanced to meet Lewisburg, last year’s Class 4A state champions, in the first round.

The Chargers scored two runs in both the first and second innings and then tacked on five in the third to really take control of things.

Houston Roth earned the complete-game win, limiting Callaway to three hits, while finishing with no walks allowed. Jason Barber had the only extra-base hit for Oxford, a double in the third, but six players had at least one hit. Brooks Krouse and Hunter Roth each had two hits, while Krouse led the team with three RBIs.

Lady Chargers win

The Lady Chargers took a 1-0 lead in their 5A play-in fastpitch softball series with Pearl thanks to a 9-4 win.

Oxford, which won its 10th game of the season, overcame a 3-1 deficit.

The Lady Chargers scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good, and then tacked on some insurance with a three-run home run from LeLe Booker in the fifth.

Booker finished the game with three hits, while the Lady Chargers had eight as a team. Ciara Steward earned the complete-game win in the circle, striking out seven along the way.

Game 2 is in Pearl today.