Looking to pull even atop the Delta River League softball standings, Oak Ridge made little noise in a 3-1 loss to visiting Pleasant Grove Thursday.
With the win, the Eagles clinched at least a share of the league title.
“I knew it was going to be close and we would have to play close to a perfect game and get a few breaks,” Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko said. “They got a few breaks and they played the more perfect game today. But I always say that if we play well, I can’t be mad. Today we played well.”
Oak Ridge starter Alyssa Burns pitched well despite a first-pitch home run by Amber Murray. She worked out of jams in the second and third and retired Pleasant Grove in order in the fourth. In the bottom half, Jackie Schmaeling reached on an infield hit, stole second but was left stranded.
Burns escaped trouble in the top of the sixth as Schmaeling caught Rae Young trying to steal third base. The Trojans (5-4, 18-8) tied in their turn as Lauren Bertoy singled with one out, swiped second and advanced to third on a throwing error. With two down, Lindsey Zito smacked a liner to center to score Bertoy.
Oak Ridge’s new life was squashed as the Eagles scored twice in the seventh while the Trojans were retired in order in their last at bat.
Oak Ridge and St. Francis, which are tied for third place in the Delta River League,, meet Tuesday to decide the league’s No. 3 playoff seed.