NEW ALBANY —
Clarksville downs Creek in 9-10 softball opener in eight, 11-7
BY RYAN INGRAM
NEW ALBANY — After finding themselves in a 5-2 hole, Clarksville’s 9-10-year-old softball team rallied to force extra innings, and ultimately came out on top of Silver Creek at the District 5 Tournament at Grant Line Elementary School on Tuesday evening in eight innings, 11-7. It was the tournament opener for both teams.
Silver Creek scored one run in the first inning of play Monday night before storms forced the game to be postponed.
Play resumed in the top of the second on Tuesday with one out and the bases loaded for Clarksville. Elizabeth Kritzer promptly singled down the left-field line to push two runs across and give Clarksville a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, however, things began to unravel.
Silver Creek was patient at the plate, scoring four runs and batting around without the benefit of a hit, nonetheless. Its rally was the result of six walks and numerous wild pitches thrown by Clarksville’s Jade Adamson.
Clarksville didn’t hang its heads, though.
“We told them to quit looking at strikes and swing the bat,” Clarksville coach Troy Holmes said after the game. “She’s throwing strikes. We’ve got to hit strikes, and they did. They came through, played as a team and pulled it out. We played great — whenever it counted, we came through as a team.”
After Clarksville’s Grace Seward led off the top of the fifth with a walk, teammate Madison Mattingly doubled down the left-field line. Silver Creek then made two costly errors allowing Clarksville to plate three runs and knot up the score at five.
The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh, scoring one run apiece in each inning.
Clarksville scored four runs in the eighth inning off Silver Creek pitcher Lindsay Evans to put the game out of reach. Evans, who was saddled with the loss, relieved Taylor Shrout after Shrout pitched the first seven innings, the maximum allowable in one game.
Seward picked up the win for Clarksville, after coming in to relieve Adamson in the third.
Clarksville will play Charlestown at 8 tonight at Grant Line Elementary. Silver Creek will face New Albany prior to that game at 5:30 p.m. today.
Win comes in extra innings
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