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Lady Clovers begin season with loss to Indian Creek Braves, win over South Put

Amanda York

The Cloverdale varsity softball team began their 2017-2018 season with a loss to defending Western Indiana Conference champs Indian Creek Thursday evening, 5-3. The Clovers did not stay down for long, however, defeating South Putnam Friday night, 19-9.

“An okay start for a young team with so many new faces in the lineup,” Cloverdale head coach Jim Spencer said. “Everyone just needs to get a little better in all aspects of the game as we play the first part of our schedule.”

The Clovers took the early lead, 2-1 in the first, but the Braves added four more in the second for the 5-2 lead. Cloverdale was able to get just one run in the seventh for the final 5-3 score.

Coach Spencer’s team was led by junior Makenzie Allen with two hits, a single and a double and senior Kiley Shedron with two singles and an RBI. Sophomores Macie Couch and Morgan Goss each added a single.

Couch pitched for the Clovers, ending her evening with three strikeouts while walking two and allowing three earned runs.

Friday evening, the Clovers took on the South Putnam Eagles, winning decisively amid horrible conditions, 19-9.

“A tough night for both teams as the game was played in very cold, windy weather and some heavy snow at times,” Coach Spencer explained. “I was really pleased with the way we adjusted to the conditions.”

The game was a back and forth affair until the Clovers broke it wide open in the bottom of the third. Cloverdale took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but South Put cam right back, scoring four of their own in the top of the second. The Clovers tacked on two more runs in the second, making the score 7-4. With the Eagles held scoreless in the top of the third, the Clovers found life, adding eight runs in the bottom of the frame for a 15-4 lead.

South Putnam came to life again in the top of the fourth with five runs to cut into the CHS lead, 15-9. That would be the last time the Eagles would score, with Cloverdale adding a run in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the bottom of the sixth for the 19-9 win.

At the plate, the Clovers were led by Morgan Goss with two doubles and two singles, Kiley Shedron with three singles and four RBI, Sky Lowe with a single, a double and four RBI and Hannah Long with two singles and four RBI.

Macie Couch again pitched for the Clovers. She finished with six strikeouts and six walks in the win.

“We improved in the field and at the plate after Thursday’s loss at Indian Creek. We play South Putnam in a week in the Putnam County Tourney and this game will have very little bearing on the outcome of the next contest because of the very adverse weather conditions.”

The Clovers traveled to Brown County Tuesday, April 10 to take on the host Eagles. CHS will then host Bloomfield on Thursday, April 12 with a 5 p.m. start.

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