OCHS players celebrate with Chloe Middlebrooks after she belted a two-run home run in the third inning of the Lady Warriors’ win over Stephens County on Thursday. 

Oconee County High School’s softball team made things simple to pick up their second win in Region 8-4A.

They scored bunch of runs and kept their opponent from scoring at all.

The Lady Warriors defeated Stephens County High School 12-0 in four innings on Thursday to move to 2-0 in region play.

Plagued by errors and base-running mistakes in the first two weeks of the season despite finding ways to win, the Lady Warriors played their first clean game.

“We played really well,” OCHS head coach Bryan Eades said. “Not to say there aren’t some things that we can improve on, there are always things we can improve, but it’s hard to complain about 12-0.”

The Lady Warriors got 14 hits from their offense. Chloe Middlebrooks was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and three runs scored. Middlebrooks’ performance snapped her out of an early season slump, which adds another layer to the Lady Warriors’ lineup.

“It feels good, I’m back in my grove,” Middlebrooks said. “I’m not in a slump anymore and now it’s all just going to come natural. We didn’t play very well against North Oconee on Tuesday in the first part of the game. Coming off of that into this, we did really good.”

The two, three and four holes did a lot of the damage for the Lady Warriors on Thursday. In addition to Middlebrooks’ explosion from the second spot in the batting order, Keely Glenn was 3-for-3 with three RBIs; Kailey Adcock went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.

On the mound senior Jessica Smith pitched four innings. Smith allowed five hits, walked two batters and struck out one batter on her way to a shutout victory.

The Lady Warriors didn’t record an error defensively on Thursday. Anna Thomas warded off a few SCHS attempts at gaining momentum with two diving catches in the outfield. Eades applauds his team for their defense on Thursday.

The Lady Warriors’ pitching staff pitches to contact and that means the defense has to make plays. Thursday they made the plays.

“Jessica (Smith) threw fantastic, she hit her spots and changed speeds and kept them off balance a little bit,” Eades said. “The infield made plays. Anna (Thomas) made a few good catches out here that helped us out and that’s who we are. We might have had one strikeout, which was the first batter of the game. We’ve got to catch the ball. That’s the way our pitchers pitch. As long as we do that and we hit the ball like we did today, we’ll be fine.”

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