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Cloverdale softball takes Putnam County crown


The Cloverdale softball team holds up three fingers, signifying the three-peat they accomplished Saturday. The Clovers defeated South Putnam in the semi-final and Greencastle in the final for their third consecutive Putnam County Championship. 
SUBMITTED | SPENCER EVENING WORLD The Cloverdale softball team holds up three fingers, signifying the three-peat they accomplished Saturday. The Clovers defeated South Putnam in the semi-final and Greencastle in the final for their third consecutive Putnam County Championship. SUBMITTED | SPENCER EVENING WORLD The Cloverdale varsity softball team took down the South Putnam Eagles and the Greencastle Tiger Cubs Saturday, May 12 for their third consecutive Putnam County Tournament championship.

In the semi-final game, the Clovers (13-5) defeated South Putnam, 16-8.

Macie Couch took her record to 12-4, striking out four batters in the contest.

She led the team’s offense with three hits, including a home run and four RBI. Kiley Shedron added a double, a home run and three RBI; Holley Garretson a double, a home run and four RBI; Autumn Lewellen two singles and a double; Sky Lowe a single, a home run and an RBI; and Tori Combs a single, a double and an RBI.

In the championship game, the Clovers took on the Greencastle Tiger Cubs, 14-3 winners over North Putnam in the semifinal.

The Clovers scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and added one more in the sixth for the 5-0 win.

Macie Couch, again, pitched a complete game to take her record to 13-4. She struck out four batters.

Couch also led the offense with two singles and an RBI. Morgan Goss added a single and two RBI; Kiley Shedron a single and an RBI; Tori Combs and Hannah Long each a double; and Sky Lowe and Autumn Lewellen each a single.

“We did a really good job of trying to make the next play regardless of the score,” Cloverdale Head Coach Jim Spencer said. “The first game was a very high scoring game and the championship game was low scoring, but you have to figure out a way to win and make the next play on every pitch.

“We have several players working through injuries and soreness, but they stayed mentally tough throughout the day,” Spencer continued. “We still have room for improvement heading into the last week of the season and the upcoming sectional, but we continue to head in the right direction. After starting the season 2-4, we have won 11 of our last 12.”

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