Lady Spartans rally for first win


By Anna Moore - Sports Writer



Lady Dark Horse, Naomi Miller, drives a pitch during the loss to Union.


The Lady Spartans took to the diamond Thursday evening against the Lady Dark Horses. The Union girls rallied in the sixth inning to claim their first win of the season, 19-18.

The Lady Dark Horses started out the game by getting 1 run on the board. The Spartans quickly turned around getting 2 players back home. At the end of the first inning the Lady Spartans had the lead by one run, which would quickly be taken away until the sixth inning.

In the second inning, the Lady Dark Horses pushed past the Spartans and scored 4 runs. Also, when the Lady Spartans came to bat Clinton showed where they’d made some adjustments and held Union to their 2 previously scored runs, 6-2.

Both teams increased their scores in the third inning. The Lady Dark Horses continued with the same pace as the second putting up 4 more runs, while the Lady Spartans pushed to narrow the gap by scoring 5 runs. At the end of the third the score stood, 10-7.

The game continued to progress much in the same way as the third. Clinton widened the gap for the lead by getting three Lady Dark Horses around the bases while keeping the Spartans to no more than 2 runs, 13-9.

The fifth inning saw a turn in the game. The Lady Dark Horses took the field and kept much of the same pace they had been all night scoring 3 more runs. Then the bats heated up for Union sending player after player around the bases, narrowing in on the Lady Dark Horses. Then Lady Spartan, Brianna Blackmore hit it big, scoring a home-run off of errors, which tied the game 17-17 at the end of the fifth.

A new-found Lady Spartan momentum only allowed 1 Lady Dark Horse to find home plate in the sixth inning. The Lady Spartans did just enough to take the lead away from Clinton. Lady Spartan, Shamyra Hope’s hit and run brought Union 1 ahead of the Lady Dark Horses, 19-18.

The Lady Spartans took the field again for the seventh inning as the Lady Dark Horses had one last chance to take back the lead. However, Union’s defensive proved too intense for Clinton who gained three outs before any Lady Dark Horse could make it back home. This ended the game with a Lady Spartan victory, 19-18.

Lady Spartans, Brianna Blackmore, Shamyra Hope, and Britni Register all scored 3 runs that evening. This totaled to 9 out of the 19 runs the Lady Spartans scored. Alison Alphin pitched the entire seven innings for the Lady Spartans

Stats were unavailable from Clinton.

Clinton head coach, Todd Slater knew the loss hit the team hard. “It was a tough loss tonight. We hit the ball better than we have most this season. Like I’ve mentioned before, until we work as a team we’re going to be hurting this year.”

Lady Spartan head coach, Douglas Burley was definitely happy with the first win for his team. “They played and kept fighting till the end until it finally came out on our side,” he smiled. “We still have a lot of things to work on but I’m so proud of the girls. We did what it took to get the win.”

After the holiday break the softball action will continue when the Lady Dark Horses travel to take on the Trask Titans and the Lady Spartans welcome the East Bladen Lady Eagles back at home on Tuesday April 5th.

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By Anna Moore

Sports Writer

Lady Dark Horse, Naomi Miller, drives a pitch during the loss to Union.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0024.jpgLady Dark Horse, Naomi Miller, drives a pitch during the loss to Union.

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