Lady Oracles ranked #1
Last week started with the Coaches poll voting the Delphi Lady Oracles as the number one softball program in Class 2A. Besides the honor, the team had a full schedule, playing six games in six days. They were scheduled to do the same this week.
The Oracles were in Rossville May 2 where they defeated the Lady Hornets 22- 7. Sophomore Summer Sutton started on the mound and captured her fourth pitching victory of the season, allowing two hits and striking out nine. Megan Yates was the closer, pitching the fifth and final inning.
Offensively the Oracles were led by Carlie Rouhier, who scored four times including an inside the park home run in the third inning. Rouhier hit a line shot to the right field gap that rolled all the way to the fence before a Lady Hornet could get to it. Sutton helped her own cause by going 3 for 4 at the plate while Fallon Rumell and Randee Schultz were 2 for 3.
The next night the Oracles made a long week night trip to Sheridan where they defeated Hoosier Conference foe, the Lady Blackhawks, 20-0 in a five inning game. Schock pitched the complete game shut out, her ninth victory of the season. She allowed only three hits and struck out four. Schock was backed up by a strong defense. Brittani Rhodes made a couple of great catches in center field while Jordan Bieghler snagged a hard line dive at second. Catcher Chanler Norman and Rouhier combined to pick a Blackhawk runner off third and Shultz ended the game with a back-handed grab in foul territory.
The Oracles collected 20 hits. Whitney Arion had two home runs and a triple, Rumell had 5 RBIs, and Rhodes was 4 for 5 at the plate.
Thursday night Sheridan made the trip to Delphi where the Oracles won 13-0 in a game that lasted just over one hour. Megan Yates got her first victory of the season in the pitching circle, giving up two hits in the shut out. Yates helped her self by going 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs. The Oracles scored 11 runs in the first inning that saw Rouhier getting both a triple and home run in the same inning.
Friday night the Oracles were at Central Catholic for game against an always tough Lady Knights team. Schock got the start in the pitchers circle giving up just one hit in a 10-0 shut out. This was Schock’s tenth victory of the season. The only hit given up by Schock was to lead off batter Ashley Adams who beat out a slow roller. Yates pitched the seventh inning.
The Oracles scored three in the first inning when Schock hit a double to drive in Norman and Rouhier. Schock’s double was followed by a double by Rumell who scored Schock. The second inning started with back-to-back home runs by Arion and Norman.
The Oracles added three in the fourth inning and single runs in the sixth and seventh.
With their record 16-0 the Oracles hosted Hoosier Conference opponent Tipton in a double header Saturday afternoon in front of a large crowd at the Oracle’s home field. The Tipton Blue Devils are led by one of the top pitchers in the state, sophomore Shelby Hursh, who is being recruited by a number of division one college programs.
Hursh kept the Oracles off balance for the first four innings while hitting two home runs on her own. The Blue Devils also scored two in the second on Oracle defensive lapses. With the score 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth the Oracles started to get their timing and began to hit Hursh. Yates scored the Oracles first run on an RBI double by Schultz. In the top of the sixth inning the Oracles scored two on a triple by Arion who came home on a single by Norman. Norman scored on a Rouhier triple but with Rouhier, who represented the tying run on third, Hursh was able to close down the Oracles. The game ended with the Blue Devils handing the Lady Oracle their first loss of the season.
In the second game of the double header, the same two pitchers squared off - Hursh and Schock. In this game Schock closed down the Blue Devils allowing only two hits in seven innings for a 7-0 shutout. The Oracles went up early on a lead off solo home run by Arion. The game stayed at that score until the fourth inning when Rumell walked, stole second base, and was driven home by Yates. In the sixth inning Rumell and Yates produced again when Rumell singled and came home on a Yates single. In the seventh and final inning the Oracles scored 4 more runs to add breathing room.
This week the Oracles have a similar schedule, playing six games in six days, home with Frankfort Monday, traveling to North White Tuesday, a rain make up Wednesday hosting Pioneer, Senior Night with Tri- County on Thursday, and traveling to Indianapolis Chatard for a tourney on Saturday.