Oldham County softball sweeps doubleheader

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By Sam Draut

After a week away from games because of rainy weather, Oldham County softball stretched its winning streak to seven with a sweep of a doubleheader against Fern Creek and Boone County last Friday. The Lady Colonels’ offense scored 26 runs in the two games.

Oldham County coach Steve Leanhart moved Elana Ornelas to the third spot in the order, the sophomore’s first time in that position in the lineup this season. Ornelas, who is batting over .600, went 3 for 3 with a home run and drove in six runs in Oldham County’s 17-1 win over Fern Creek.

She has been moved to different spots in the lineup, including fourth, fifth and sixth, but Leanhart believes Ornelas has found a place as the Lady Colonels’ third hitter.

“She has to be hitting in the first inning,” Leanhart said. “We want her to be one of the first three hitters.”

Being moved up in the order doesn’t change Ornelas’s approach at the plate.

“It boosts my confidence getting moved up in the lineup,” Ornelas said. “But I go out there and hit the ball where ever I am in the order.”

Against Fern Creek, the Lady Colonels scored 12 runs in the first inning, including back-to-back-to-back home runs by Ornelas, Haley Springer and DeLaney Sowell.

With one out in the first inning, Taylor Sheller double and Ornelas followed with an RBI double to put Oldham County on the board. Springer walked and Sowell was hit by a pitch, setting up an RBI single by Taylor Jackson.

Shaelyn Gillham drove in Springer and Sowell with a double. Kalee Rose followed with a sacrifice bunt that scored Jackson and Gillham, giving Oldham County a 6-0 lead.

With two outs, Emily Lindell kept the inning alive with a single and Peyton Hamm drew a base on balls. Sheller drove home Lindell with a single, setting up three round trippers.

Ornelas drove a ball deep over the center-field fence for a three-run home run.

“After being able to see the ball and the spin the first time it is easier to get the timing down for the next at bat,” Ornelas said. “It felt really good.”

Springer followed with another shot over the right center-field fence for a solo home run. Sowell capped off the long ball barrage with a long drive over the right-field fence for the Lady Colonels’ final run of the inning.

Amaya Wuthrich led off the second inning with a single followed by a double from Hamm. Sheller walked, setting up a two-run double by Ornelas. Springer scored the Lady Colonels’ final run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Sowell.

Following a short break in between games, Oldham County played Boone County, a team that headed into Friday’s contest with a 17-3 record and winners of 17 of their last 18 games. The Lady Colonels broke up a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning and defeated Boone County 9-6.

Allison Vialpondo hit a two-run home run in the first inning after Gillham drove Sowell for Oldham County’s first run with an RBI single.

Relief pitcher Kalee Rose escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the fourth inning with a strike out to setup a big inning for the Oldham County offense.

“She shut them down,” Leanhart said of Rose. “Every pitch I call for her she can throw. She has really good control and that’s all I ask for her.”

Rose drilled a double to left center-field and was driven home on single from Hamm. Springer added a two-run double as the Lady Colonels took a 7-4 lead.

Oldham County added two more runs in the fifth inning when Hamm and Sheller each scored on wild pitches.

The Lady Colonels will host another double header this Saturday against Dixie Heights and Grayson County. Seniors Hamm, Sowell and Springer will be honored before the games.