The Lady Dark Horse softball team hosted Pender on Tuesday night to open the Four County Conference season. Clinton kept it close in the early going but a big innings in the third and fourth proved to be the undoing of the home team. Pender opened up a big lead in the third inning and just kept pounding the Lady Horses on the way to a 29-4 rout.
Pender jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first inning and looked set for an early rout. But Clinton did not roll over, picking up 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to a manageable four run lead.
The two teams held each other scoreless until the top of third inning when they added five runs to take a 13-4 edge that seemed to zap the life out of Clinton. After the Dark Horses went down in order in the bottom of the third, the Lady Patriots opened up an offensive barrage in their half of the fourth. The visitors ripped off 11 runs to balloon the score to 24-4 and effectively put any hopes the Lady Horses had of pulling of the upset to rest.
Pender added 5 runs in the top of the fifth to move the margin to 29-4 and after the Lady Horses went down in order in the bottom of the fifth the game was stopped by the 10-run rule, putting an end to the sound beating administered by the Lady Patriots.
After the game, Clinton Head Coach Todd Slater commented on the conference opener saying, “tonight was a tough one for us. We battled early on and kept it close but they really got the bats going in the fourth inning and just pulled away. We have a good team, we just have a lot to put together. The girls are gaining confidence we just have to get the girls to continue to believe in themselves.”
The loss drops the Lady Horses to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in Four County Conference play. Clinton will travel to Elizabethtown to face East Bladen on Fridaywith the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
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