CLARKSVILLE — Hannah Heintzman got her first win as the Clarksville softball team’s full-time starter with a 4-2 home victory over Salem on Thursday.
“Hannah was tremendous. I can’t say enough about her,” Clarksville coach Tim Hauber said. “She battled, and that’s what we’ve been trying to get her to do. It’s hard to make a pitcher in about a five or six-game period, but we knew we were going to face some lumps.”
Heintzman allowed just two hits and two runs in the contest. She struck out three, hit two batters and walked five, although she walked just one through the first five innings.
After three scoreless innings, Clarksville took the lead in the home fourth on a two-run home run by Keirstin Hall. Hall took a 1-1 pitch deep over the left-center fence to give the Generals a 2-0 lead.
After Salem narrowed the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Clarksville generated two more runs in the home half of the inning. Hall was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate one run, while Shelby Carta blasted a single on a hard ground ball off the foot of the Salem third baseman to score Alli Sparkman.
Carta was 3-for-3 on the night.
Clarksville (6-8) broke a five-game losing streak with the victory.
Clarksville hosts Henryville on Saturday.
• Webster, Charlestown no-no Austin: Alli Webster was a force to be reckoned with in a 3-0 victory over Austin on Thursday at Charlestown.
Webster pitched a no-hitter in which just two Eagles got on base. She struck out 17 batters.
“She’s done well. She’s been strong all season,” Charlestown coach Kevin Zollman said. “It’s really a pleasure to have her. She’s able to go that way. She makes it easy on the defense.”