Oakridge softball team improves to 21-0 with a dominant doubleheader sweep of conference rival North Muskegon

By Aaron McClorey
LocalSportsJournal.com

NORTH MUSKEGON – The Oakridge softball team continues to obliterate the competition.

After a 17-2 victory over North Muskegon in three innings on Tuesday, the Eagles are 21-0 overall and 6-0 in the West Michigan Conference. The Eagles have had 19 of those victories end with the 10-run mercy rule.

That victory was the second game of a doubleheader. Oakridge won the first game 18-2.

Now that’s domination.

“It worries me a little bit sometimes, they know they can score so much, it’s key that we stay focused defensively,” said Oakridge interim head coach Jake Schumann.

Andrea Romero pulls back to make a throw to second base for Oakridge. Photo/Tonya Pardon

Kaelinn Jozsa got the start on the mound in Game 2 for Oakridge. While she allowed a two-run home run in the first inning, and also allowing the bases to load in the third, she only gave up the two runs in the first while striking out four batters.

In the bottom of the first, the Eagles’ Hayden Ruel led things off  with a double off the top of the wall, and the rest of the inning snowballed into a nine-run frame for Oakridge. Ruel also had a two-run single in the first, and had two of Oakridge’s eight hits in the inning.

It was more of the same in the second, with Oakridge recording nine hits and eight runs in the inning. Ruel had a two-run home run to give her three hits and four RBIs in two innings. Ahria Doornbos hit a solo shot before the game ended in the middle of the third inning.

“When you’re winning it’s easy, and right now we’re flying pretty high,” Schumann said. “We just have to remind ourselves that we can’t get complacent and make easy mistakes.”

For the Eagles, Hayden Ruel had three hits, including the home run, and four RBIs. Brooklyn Galdeen also had three hits while Delaney Ruel recorded two. Josza also had two hits to go with her win on the mound.

In Game 1, Brooklyn Galdeen had a complete game win on the mound for Oakridge, striking out four. Galdeen also had three hits and three RBIs in the game, while Jasmine Pastor nailed a grand slam in the first inning and finished with six RBIs. Hayden Ruel and Delaney Ruel each had three hits while Andrea Romero, Ahria Doornbos and Maddie Clark each hit home runs.

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