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Lady Clovers fall to Wildcats in sectional opener

Amanda York

Extra innings were a heartbreaker Tuesday, May 22, as the Cloverdale varsity softball team lost to South Vermillion in the eighth inning, 7-6.

The Wildcats jumped on the board first, plating one run in the second and three in the third. Cloverdale scored one in the third when Mackenzie Allen reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Morgan Goss. Kiley Shedron doubled to left field, scoring Allen.

The Clovers added two more runs, to make it 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs, Autumn Lewellen singled and moved to second when Macie Couch singled. Allen grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving Lewellen to third and Couch to second. Next, Goss singled, scoring Lewellen and Couch.

Both teams were scoreless in the fifth and the Clovers took the lead in the sixth, plating two runs.

Allen singled and Goss singled, moving Allen. Kiley Shedron walked, moving Allen to third and Goss to second. Skylynne Lowe singled to left field, scoring Allen. Goss scored on an error by the left fielder to take the lead, 5-4.

South Vermillion took the lead back in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs, 6-5.

In the bottom of the frame, the Clovers scored when Hannah Long singled to left and moved to second on a Lewellen walk. Couch singled to right, scoring Long, tying the game, 6-6.

Going extra innings, on the fourth pitch of the first at bat, the Wildcats hit a single shot home run over the left field fence. The Clovers went down, 1-2-3 to end the game.

Goss led Cloverdale with four hits and two RBI. Couch finished with two hits and an RBI, Allen two hits, Long two hits, Shedron a double and an RBI, Lowe a hit and an RBI, and Lewellen a hit. Long finished with two stolen bases.

Couch pitched the complete game, throwing 111 pitches in 8.0 innings. She allowed seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits while walking four and striking out three.

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