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Heritage softball team wins despite having run taken away




WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy Lady Patriots had a run taken off the scoreboard Thursday afternoon, but didn''t need it to claim a 5-3 victory against Oak Hill Academy. 


The Lady Patriots (2-1) scored three runs in the second inning and would have scored four if one hadn''t been taken away. 


The Lady Patriots thought they tied the score 2-2 in the second when Logan Waggoner crossed the plate on a fielder''s choice and the home plate umpire extended his arms to signal safe. 


Three batters later, it was discovered that Waggoner was called out. When Jessee Mims hit a sacrifice fly to score Shiloh Ellis, the home plate umpire signaled two outs instead of one. When questioned about the number of outs, the umpire said he called Waggoner out for the first out and Mims was the second out. 


The run was taken off the scoreboard after the umpire ruled Waggoner was out. 


"We had an umpire mix up," Heritage Academy coach Ginny Lowery said. "He clearly called her safe. When he called the second out, my parents told me I needed to argue. I said, ''What am I arguing?'' I didn''t think there was anything to argue because I clearly saw him call her safe. Then I realized what was happening. 


"It cost us a run, but umpires are human and make mistakes, and that''s why I didn''t go crazy like some coaches would have. We responded and scored three runs that inning and I was very proud of them. A lot of times it can get under your skin when you have something like that go against you." 


In addition to Mims'' sacrifice fly, pitcher Kristyn Atkins helped her cause with a two-run single in the second. 


Heritage Academy took a 1-0 lead in the first when Morgan Lamb scored on a groundout by Allie Lowe. It scored its final run in the fifth when Waggoner scored on an error. 


Oak Hill (1-2) took a 2-1 lead in the first when Maegen Ellis scored on an error and Megan Holton scored on a single by Mamie Allen. 


But Oak Hill Academy didn''t score again until its final at-bat in the fifth. 


"I am disappointed, but I''ve got to remember we''ve got two key starters missing," Oak Hill Academy coach Marion Bratton said. "I''ve got some young girls who have to grow up. I''m disappointed we didn''t hold the lead. I''m also disappointed we didn''t get some calls I thought we should have got. That''s the way it goes." 


Oak Hill Academy is without first baseman Paige Dawkins, who was second on the team in RBIs last season, and leading hitter Mary Helen Hays. Dawkins suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Hays has a stress fracture. 


Oak Hill Academy pulled within 5-3 in the fifth when Lauren Hitt scored on an error. It had a chance to tie the score or go ahead but Allen grounded out to end with runners on first and second to end the game. 


"That last out was a big out," Lowery said. "She''s a very good hitter. I remember her from last year and she hit a bullet the first time she batted." 


Bratton hoped for a different outcome from Allen''s at-bat. 


"We were hoping Mamie was going to drive the ball and at least get us tied back up or give us a chance to get back into the ballgame, but she hit it back to the pitcher," Bratton said. 


In addition to Atkins'' two-run single, Lamb and Ellis had singles for Heritage Academy. 


Atkins allowed four hits. Ellis led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Holton, Allen, and Hitt had singles. 


Heritage Academy and Oak Hill Academy will play Saturday in the Starkville Invitational Tournament at Mississippi State.  




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