CLEAR SPRING — After struggling on offense for the first month of the season, Clear Spring’s softball team has heated up in the last week.
The Blazers started early on Tuesday, exploding for nine runs in the first inning — capped by Heather Schlotterbeck’s three-run home run — to give ace Amber Forrest more than enough support in a five-inning 14-0 shutout of Boonsboro in the MVAL Antietam.
Sarah Elwood started the rally for the Blazers with a bunt single, and she went to second on a wild pitch. Schlotterbeck was hit by a pitch and Amber Forrest reached on a bunt single to load the bases. One out later, Jenna Knable’s infield single knocked in Elwood. Schlotterbeck came home on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Tori Albert grounded out to second to bring home Forrest.
Courtney Royce singled to right to drive in Knable. Royce stole second and scored on another single to right by Jose Stotler. After Sarah Blickenstaff walked, Elwood singled to left to drive in Stotler. Schlotterbeck then clubbed her homer to left center.
“We hit the ball and took advantage of some certain situations,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. “Heather hit her three-run homer in a timely situation. Earl Weaver liked the three-run homer and so do I. Heather has been starting to hit the ball lately. If we can hit the ball, we can play with anybody.”
Clear Spring (7-5, 4-5) has outscored its last three opponents — Hancock, South Hagerstown and Boonsboro (5-7, 4-5) — by a combined 36-0.
“We just kind of fell apart in the first and we just couldn’t get back from it,” Boonsboro coach Traci Humphreys said. “Clear Spring played well and they hit the ball a lot. We could have done the same thing, but it just wasn’t our day.”
Stotler finished with three hits, while Schlotterbeck and Elwood added two hits each for the Blazers. Stotler finished with three RBIs.
Forrest fired a three-hit shutout and struck out six without a walk.
“We know that our pitching is going to be there,” Baker said. “Amber pitched a good game. She was hitting the spots. All of her pitches were working. She was keeping people on their toes and throwing hard.”
The Blazers scored three runs in the third inning — two on a throwing error, the other on a sacrifice fly by Haley Thorn.
Stotler’s two-run single to right rounded out the scoring in the fourth.
Clear Spring 14, Boonsboro 0
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Clear Spring 903 2x — 14 11 1
H. Payne, Myers (1) and Tobery. Forrest and Knable. WP — Forrest. LP — H. Payne. HR — CS: Schlotterbeck (1st, two on).