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Petersen's Walk-Off Hit Pushes Rockets to Regionals

05/19/2018, 2:15pm EDT

Clyde's 4 Homers Not Enough

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Petersen Helps Rockets Take Down Fliers

GENOA - Oak Harbor's senior Seree Petersen was locked in during Saturday's Division II district championship game against Clyde at Genoa High School and the Rockets needed it.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and one out, Petersen delivered a game winning single to drive in Ashley Riley as Oak Harbor prevailed 9-8 to advance to the Regional semi-finals.

Petersen finished the contest with four hits and four RBIs including a double.

After the Rockets scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to even the score, the game went into extra innings as both teams failed to score in the seventh.

Clyde grabbed the lead in the top of the eighth as McKenzie DePottey connected on one of the Fliers' four home runs in the game off of Oak Harbor's Riley.

The Rockets then game to bat in the bottom of the eighth and with one out Emily Lenke singled followed by a walk by Riley.

Dani Epling then roped a double which drove home Lenke as the Rockets had runners at second and third with one down.

Kaytlynn Sandwisch then reached on a fielder's choice as Clyde held Riley at third bringing Petersen to the dish with the bases full.

The Rockets took the opening lead in the bottom of the first as they put up two runs off Clyde's Hunter Schwochow.

Sandwisch and Petersen each had RBIs in the first.

In the top of the second, Chase Arndt sent the first of her two home runs over the left field fence cutting the Rockets' lead to 2-1.

Sandwisch and Petersen would again drive in runs in the bottom of the third as Oak Harbor opened a 4-1 lead.

Following a Clyde run in the top of the fourth which made it 4-2, the Fliers then capitalized on a 3-run homer from Sydney Helms as Clyde took a 5-4 lead.

A two run shot by Arndt in the fifth made it 7-4 as the Rockets appeared to be in jeopardy of taking a loss.

With a one out double by Epling and another RBI hit by Petersen, the Rockets cut their deficit to 7-5 after five innings of action.

Riley set the Clyde bats down in order in the sixth, striking out two batters, giving Oak Harbor another chance at closing the gap.

The Rockets did just that in the bottom of the sixth as Lenke took a two out walk and Riley was intentionally walked to put two runners on base.

Epling followed with an RBI single and Abby Gregg (courtesy runner) scored a run to tie the score on a Clyde error.

Riley picked up the victory going all eight innings despite giving up ten hits.  Riley finished with nine strikeouts.

Schowchow gave up 13 hits in 7.1 innings of work and struck out four batters.

Murissa Drown led Clyde with three hits while Arndt and Helms each had three RBIs.

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