Ona girls slug past Milton, 11-1
BARBOURSVILLE -- It took a while for Ona to get its bats going on Thursday evening, but once they did, they never stopped.
After being shut down through a scoreless three innings, Ona locked in for five runs in the fourth and continued the momentum in an 11-1 win over Milton in the District 1 11-12 year-old consolation game.
With the win, Ona will be headed to next week's state tournament, which will be played in Charleston.
"To her credit, (Milton's Bailey Adkins) kept us off balance in the first three innings," Ona coach Gary Kline said. "I had a feeling we could eventually put the bat on the ball and the second time through, we did."
Both teams flashed some impressive leather in the first three innings with defense dominating the first go-around at the plate.
Ona's Brooke Chapman faced the minimum number of batters to that point and Milton's Adkins had allowed just one batter to reach base -- that coming on a walk.
Walks would prove pivotal in the fourth, however.
Ona sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth despite getting only two hits against Adkins, who issued walks to four of the first five batters of the inning with all reaching base safely.
"One of the most important things you can do is get that leadoff runner on because it gives you so many options," Kline said. "Every inning we got that leadoff runner on, we ended up scoring runs."
A sacrifice fly by Hayley Leggett ended up plating a pair of runs for Ona as Tori Adkins came home on the flyout and Katie Cline hustled home when the throw got away from Milton catcher Hailey Smith to make it 4-0.
An error -- the second of the inning for Milton -- allowed another run to come home to make it 5-0.
Milton cut into the lead and cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame when Tommi Lunsford led off with a single and later scored on a single by Kasha Sheets.
However, Ona answered right back with a pair of runs in the fifth. Kati Kelley singled and scored on an RBI double by Tori Adkins, who then came home on a groundout by Jessica Smith to make it 7-1.
The runs took the wind out of Milton's comeback attempt and Ona shut the door with four more runs in the top of the sixth, including a two-run single by Katie Kline to finish off the win.
"Give them all the credit in the world. That Ona team is good. They have a lot of power in the lineup," Milton coach Scott Adkins said. "If you don't have someone overpowering in the lineup, they will make you pay."
Chapman finished the game by allowing just the two hits in the fourth inning. More importantly, she did not walk a batter in the contest.
While Ona will move onto next week's state tournament, Milton will use the experience as a learning tool for next season.
Adkins said that his team was made up entirely of 11-year-olds and will be back in the mix next year.
"We finished third and did a good job. We'll come back, regroup, work hard next year and maybe we'll be back," Adkins said. " Hopefully, we'll be playing for a championship instead of in the consolation game."
ONA 000 524 -- 11 9 2
MILTON 000 100 -- 1 2 3
Chapman and Adkins. Adkins and Smith. Hitting: (O) Adkins 2-3, 2B, RBI; Kelley 2-4; Chapman 2-4; Kline 2 RBI; Smith 2 RBI; Leggett RBI. (M) Sheets 1-2, RBI.