Harrells tramples Lady Horses, 10-0

By Michael Hardison - Sports Editor
Clinton pitcher Hailee Stone prepares to let a pitch fly during their Monday afternoon game against Harrells. -
Tori Johnson connects on a pitch during her second at-bat. -

The Lady Horses softball team is off to a slow start this season, dropping its second game in row Monday afternoon against Harrells. With preseason problems all around they fell to the Crusaders in their home field debut 10-0.

“Offensively going forward it’s very simple: we just need to be more aggressive at the bat; we let some easy pitches get by,” said Clinton head coach Todd Slater.

“Defensively we’ve really got to work on our fielding. I know it’s only our second game but we have had 10 errors over the course of those games. We need to be cleaner on our throws and it’ll start with working on it a lot in practice as we began getting ready for conference play in the coming weeks,” Slater added.

The game got off to a rocky start for the Lady Horses battling a roaring Harrells offense that was connecting on its share of hits, at the top of the first. Clinton was able to slow them down sending the game to the bottom of the first after three runs scored by the Crusaders. They weren’t able to get back into the games as it pushed to the second inning after no points for the home team, the score 3-0.

The flow of the game continued to follow the same pace as the Lady Horses fell further behind in the second. The defense did cut their production by a run only allowing two before they took the field again. However, it was more of the same with Clinton falling to get on the scoreboard again as they trailed 5-0.

The next two innings were a mirror of the second which saw Clinton fall really far behind with a score on 9-0. Harrells found two runs in the third and another two in the fourth, putting them ahead by nine with Clinton remaining scoreless. With their last run coming in the fifth and final inning the Horses went down to the Crusaders by ten.

With their second loss in a row the Lady Dark Horses drop to 0-2 on the season. They’ll try to get back on track Thursday, traveling to county rival Lakewood.

Clinton pitcher Hailee Stone prepares to let a pitch fly during their Monday afternoon game against Harrells.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_CHSsball1-1-.jpgClinton pitcher Hailee Stone prepares to let a pitch fly during their Monday afternoon game against Harrells.

Tori Johnson connects on a pitch during her second at-bat.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_CHSsball1-2-.jpgTori Johnson connects on a pitch during her second at-bat.

By Michael Hardison

Sports Editor

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