Clinton’s softball team hosted Hobbton on Friday evening in a non-conference match-up. The teams withstood a chilly wind and treated the fans in attendance to a thrilling game. Hobbton took an early lead and looked as if they would easily handle the Lady Horses, but Clinton refused to give in, and fought back to take a one run decision, dropping the Lady ‘Cats 11-10.
Hobbton plated two runs in the top of the first on a leadoff hit and two stolen bases to grab the early lead. Clinton answered with one run of their own in the bottom of the opening frame when Lauryn Moore got aboard on a base hit, stole a base and scored on a Hobbton error.
Hobbton added a run in the top half of the second and fourth innings to take what appeared to be a commanding 4-1 lead as the Lady Dark Horses were struggling to get base-runners. Clinton finally got the bats going in the fifth, exploding for five runs on six consecutive hits to take a 6-4 lead.
The Lady ‘Cats tied the game with two runs in the top of the sixth. Clinton answered in the bottom of the sixth when Sydney Simmons and Keona Hill scored to give the Lady Horses a two run advantage. Hobbton capitalized on a lead-off walk and three hits to plate 4 runs in the top of the seventh, taking a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the final inning.
Once again the Lady Horses refused to give in to Hobbton’s rally. Naomi Miller and Keona Hill got on board and Callie Sumner belted a two base hit to drive in two runs and tie the game. Lauryn Moore then stepped to the plate and calmly singled to drive in the winning run, setting off a wild celebration in the Clinton dugout.
After the game, Clinton head coach Todd Slater said “I am so proud of the girls, they never gave up, fighting back four innings in a row. We got some clutch hitting, great pitching and solid defense to pull off a big team win.”
The win gets the Lady Horses in the win column for the first time this season and improves their record to 1-2. The loss drops the Lady ‘Cats to 2-1 on the young season. Clinton will hit the road next week, traveling to Hobbton for a rematch on Wednesday afternoon. Hobbton will travel to Union on Monday before returning home to host Clinton.
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