Prep Softball: Blazers girls keep record unblemished

April 04, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring softball team remained undefeated on Wednesday with an 8-3 MVAL Antietam victory over Boonsboro.

“It wasn’t a stellar performance by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a win,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. “We played defense during the first five innings and we had above average pitching by a freshman. Even though we made mistakes, we were able to regroup and close out the game.”

Freshman pitcher Kristen Mellott (3-0) allowed one earned run and one walk in five innings to get the win. Amber Forrest pitched two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Blazers out front.

Catcher Sarah Blickenstaff had two hits and three RBIs with two runs scored for Clear Spring (6-0, 5-0).

“We could have done better,” Blickenstaff said. “It should have been over quicker. We weren’t completely focused. We came through with our bats just in time. Our team has a lot of power hitters. We have several people that can step up at different times.”

Sarah Elwood, the Blazers’ leadoff hitter, collected two hits and three RBIs, while Haley Thorn, Tori Albert and Forrest added two hits each.

Natalie Tobery had two hits and two RBIs for Boonsboro (1-6, 0-5).

Clear Spring posted a pair of two-run rallies in the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead.

Both second-inning runs were the result of bunts, one creating a throwing error and the other an infield single for Elwood.

Forrest started the third-inning rally with a double to center and scored on Jenna Knable’s two-out single to center. After Albert reached on an infield single, Blickenstaff singled to left to drive in Knable.

Boonsboro got a run in the fourth when Tobery’s RBI single scored Amber Myers.

The Blazers expanded their lead to 8-1 with a four-run fifth, highlighted by two-run singles to center by Blickenstaff and Elwood.

The Warriors got their final two runs in the sixth on Tobery’s RBI double to center and an RBI single to right by Hannah Thompson.

“We played much better than what we did on Monday,” Boonsboro coach Traci Humphreys said. “I see a lot of improvement from today’s game. We are getting better in all areas.”

Clear Spring 8, Boonsboro 3
Boonsboro    000    102    0    —    3    7    3
Clear Spring    022    040    x    —    8    11    2
Reeder, Thompson (5) and Tobery. Mellott, Forrest (6) and Blickenstaff. WP — Mellott (3-0). LP — Reeder.

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