CLEAR SPRING — Amber Forrest worked a short day and the Clear Spring softball team remained unbeaten by making short work of Williamsport in an 11-1 victory shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Forrest fired four hitless innings, allowing just two hits, for her first win of the year.
“I was looking forward to this game,” Forrest said. “I was hoping the rain would hold off because I really wanted to play.”
Forrest’s desire to play translated into allowing just one run, while striking out eight batters.
“(Forrest) was in true form today,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. “All in all, she threw what we called and hit her spots.”
Clear Spring gave Forrest all the offensive support she needed by piling up 11 hits, including four doubles.
“It really helps when your team is hitting from the beginning,” Forrest said.
The Blazers (3-0) scored at least once in each of the five innings and took advantage of five Williamsport errors.
Lexi Albert scored Clear Spring’s first run on a passed ball in the first inning.
The Blazers added three runs in the second as Tori Albert doubled before scoring on Sarah Blickenstaff’s RBI single. Blickenstaff scored on an error and Courtney Royce stole home to give the Blazers a 4-0 lead.
Autumn Wahler’s third-inning single broke up Forrest’s no-hit bid and led to the Wildcats’ only run when she scored on Sarah Kindle’s double.
“There isn’t a lack of talent on this team,” Williamsport coach Jennie Finafrock said. “They’re young and might be overthinking it sometimes.”
Clear Spring scored seven runs over the final two innings to seal the win. Alexa Mills scored the game-ending run on a passed ball.
Clear Spring 11, Williamsport 1
Williamsport 001 00 — 1 2 5
Clear Spring 130 43 — 11 11 1
Taylor, Giles (3) and Kindle. Forrest and Blickenstaff. WP — Forrest (1-0). LP — Taylor.