2018-04-18 / Front Page

Cloverdale softball outlasts Bloomfield

Amanda York

Coach Jim Spencer and his varsity Cloverdale softball team had a tough night in the field, but fortunately, so did the visitors. At the end of 6 ½ innings, the Clovers came away with a two-run win, 12-10.

“Both teams struggled in the field tonight, but we were able to win the game we were playing at the time,” Coach Spencer explained.

The Clovers finished with five errors, however, the Cardinals ended with seven.

“It still comes down to making a play late in the field or at the plate to get the win,” Spencer noted. “We did some really nice things on the night and were able to make plays late to survive. We still have a long way to go in certain areas and we will just continue to practice and get better.”

The Clovers drew first blood, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Bloomfield answered back in the top of the second inning with two runs, but CHS added three more to take a 7-2 lead going into the top of the third.

Bloomfield scored four runs in the top of the fourth to bring the score to 7-6. The Clovers, however, added four of their own in the bottom of the inning to maintain the lead, 11-6. The Cardinals added two more in the top of the fifth and CHS added one more in the bottom of the inning for a 12-8 score. Bloomfield rallied in the top of the seventh, plating two more runs, but couldn’t complete the comeback for a 12-10 final. The Cardinals finished with 14 hits, while the Clovers tallied 10.

Mackenzie Allen, Morgan Goss and Dinah Bunch led the Clover offense with two hits each. Tori Combs hit a two-run home run in the game and Allen and Sky Lowe each had a double. Kiley Shedron and Hannah Long each finished with a single.

Macie Couch pitched all seven innings for the Clovers. She threw 126 pitches and allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits while walking one and striking out one.

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