OXON HILL – All the Oxon Hill High School and Crossland High School softball teams wanted was a chance to play a game after being rained out during the week and forced to practice inside their gyms. So, once March 30 showed a sunny forecast, both programs were prepared to play.
However, only one team arrived on the field.
Oxon Hill routed a short-handed Crossland 15-0, taking a victory in just an inning and half to win their third-straight game. The Clippers offense erupted for a pair of inside-the-park home runs, along with runs scored from stealing home. On the other side, the Cavaliers managed to get one batter on base after drawing walks but failed to drive them home.
“This is really only our third of the game this season, the first two games got rained out,” and Oxon Hill Head Coach Dexter Fleets said. “So finally, the weather has kinda broken so we can stay on the field and come together as a team.”
After pitcher Samar Johnson mowed down the top of the Crossland lineup in the first inning, Oxon Hill quickly found their stride during their at-bat. Shortstop Ayana Dzidzienyo drove left fielder Simone Hall home with an RBI single. Third baseman Patricia Creek followed up with an RBI double and subsequently scored when she stole home shortly after, giving Oxon Hill a three-run lead.
“I feel really good, and we practiced really hard for this (win)” Dzidzienyo said. “We still played really well you got to play like it’s a regular game regardless, no matter what happens.”
The thrashing continued as pinch runner Kya McDuffie utilized her speed to score once more, stealing home after Johnson drew a walk. Center fielder Alexandra Carrol generated the highlight of the day when she scored an inside-the-park homer.
“Good. Confident,” Carrol said on how she was feeling following the overwhelming win. “We just wanted to hurry up and end it. Make it quick.”
As the Clippers drew two walks, they also stole second base two consecutive times before the Crossland defense could even notice. First baseman Ishara Beckett would hit a single that drove in two more runs. Crossland went through the entire Clipper lineup without recording an out as their deficit grew to eight runs.
“We just try to motivate each other,” Dzidzienyo said. “It feels good when we play good and we know each other as a team. As a team, we got to be in sync in order to win.”
The second time around the Cavaliers switched pitchers, switching Medossa Madamesila for catcher Jordyn White. The switch did not yield much of a return, however, as Oxon Hill scored seven more runs.
Crossland received another chance at offense after the umpires called mercy rule, forcing Oxon Hill to allow the Cavaliers an opportunity at driving in a run to make the game competitive. One Crossland batter got on base after drawing a walk, but that was the only offense they could offer. Oxon Hill struck out two batters to end the contest.
“Last year we were in a growth period,” Crossland Head Coach Shannon Peters said “We’re learning. I have majority sophomore and freshman, so not everyone has played the game. Every game we keep learning.”
Oxon Hill will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Central High School on April 2 while Crossland will look to bounce back at home versus Potomac. For Dzidzienyo and the rest of the Clippers, the goal is to be more than just a competitive side and strive for championship gold this season.
“We are looking forward to (Douglass High School),” Dzidzienyo said. “That is a lot of competition. We are trying to make it to the playoffs.”