WALES — Oak Hill’s hitters spent the first round through their batting order gaining the measure of Carrabec freshman pitcher Sam LeBeau, then resumed the offensive onslaught they’ve been carrying out for the last two weeks.

The Raiders scored three in the fourth inning and six in the fifth, pounding out nine hits over the two frames, to pick up their sixth win in a row, a 10-6 decision over the Cobras on Friday.

It is the fifth time during that winning streak the Raiders (7-3) reached double figures in the run column. They are averaging 12 runs per game during this stretch.

“I think we’re more confident in ourselves and being more patient at the plate,” said junior Grace Sabine, who had two singles, drove in two runs and scored a pair.

Carrabec (6-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Raiders got their bats going. Three Oak Hill errors in the third set up a two-run single by Liberty Chestnut, who later scored on the third error, a dropped fly ball to right.

“We were a little bit nervous (being behind early), but we picked ourselves up and got back with it,” Sabine said.

“They’re just doing what they need to get it done,” Oak Hill coach Allyson Collins added. “At the beginning of the season, if we were down they would have stayed down. But they picked themselves up. To me, that’s the most important part of today, that they were able to overcome that 3-0 deficit and get a lot of hits.”

Oak Hill got an unearned run back in the bottom of the third without a hit, then took the lead in the fourth on Sabine’s RBI single, Iris Abbott’s RBI triple and a passed ball that plated Abbott with the go-ahead run.

“At first, we were swinging at some bad pitches,” Collins said. “After they had seen (LeBeau) once, they were a little bit more confident at the plate, so they were swinging at some better pitches. And then we were able to find some gaps.”

The Raiders sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth. Brooke Surette got it started with an infield hit. After a sacrifice bunt, error and walk loaded the bases, Kayla Veilleux belted a bases-clearing triple to left-center to make it 7-3.

“They’re a very disciplined team,” Carrabec coach Craig Knight said. “If it’s inside, they pull the ball. If it’s away, they work right field. Allyson does a good job with them. They keep their hands back well on the changeup. Some of the balls they hit to the outfield were changeups.”

“We’ve been working on (change-ups). We just know how to hit them,” Sabine said.

Abbott and Hannah Nadeau added to the lead with RBI singles.

Oak Hill starter Makayla Nadeau set the Cobras down in order in the fourth and fifth. Carrabec scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-5 on Kilee Nile’s bunt single.

“I thought Makayla pitched great. I thought this was her best effort of the year,” Collins said. “She was hitting spots. She was hitting her change. She was keeping them off-balance.”

The Cobras added another unearned run in the seventh and got the tying run to the on-deck circle before Collins lifted Nadeau for Sadie Goulet, who struck out Paige Chadbourne on three pitches to end the game.

“That was the idea, just a different speed,” Collins said. “Sadie throws a good change. I thought if we could keep them off-balance because they were getting in a rhythm. Anything to get them off-balance.”

Randy Whitehouse — 621-5638

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