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With her team clinging to a narrow 2-0 lead, South Oldham junior Courtney Galvan made her second at-bat count Thursday, launching a grand slam over the left-centerfield fence to give the Lady Dragons all the momentum they would need in a 10-0 district win over rival North Oldham.
In addition to boosting their district record to 1-0, the win also gives South Oldham some revenge after the Lady Mustangs ended their season in last year’s district tournament.
“This is huge for our girls,” South Oldham coach Jessica Turner said. “We’ve been preaching all year long, baby steps. We’re making progress game in and game out, and to come out and get our first win on our home field against a district opponent is great. They’re super excited about it. Everything we’ve been working on this year came together.”
It didn’t take long for South Oldham to get on the board in the opening inning as the first run crossed the plate just three batters into the game.
Following a walk from freshman Emma Leskody and a sacrifice bunt from Brooke Bisig, Galvan got the Lady Dragons on the board, laying down a perfectly placed bunt to score Leskody and advance herself to first base.
South Oldham picked up where they left off in the bottom of the second, picking up four straight walks and an RBI single by Bisig to set the stage for Galvan’s blast.
From there, it was just a formality as South’s Sam Lane tacked on two more RBIs in both the third and fifth inning to extend the lead to eight. The game came to a close in the bottom of the fifth as two runs scored via wild pitch.
Galvan finished the game 2-for-3 with 5 RBIs, while Lane added a pair of RBIs.
Danielle Hempel earned a shutout on the mound, throwing five innings of five-hit ball with five strikeouts and a walk.
While South Oldham turns its attention to resting on spring break, North Oldham will look to break in some new starters after injuries have taken a toll on the squad. With starting pitcher Sam Maicco sidelined for a few weeks with knee problems, the Lady Mustangs will need to grow up fast, North Coach Mike Jolly noted.
“We’re injured right now,” he said. “We also have a bunch of seventh- and eighth-graders playing and we have a sixth-grader catching, so we’re just young. We’re not really deep enough to withstand all these injuries we’ve been having. We’re going to get better though.”
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