When the first pitch was tossed on Wednesday night at the Dark Horse Softball Complex everyone in attendance knew that one of the teams would bring home their first win of the season. The teams battled in a nip and tuck game through three and a half innings until Clinton turned up the defensive pressure shutting down Union’s bats in the final two innings to protect their lead and propel the Lady Horses to their first win of the season, a 21-11 victory over the Lady Spartans.
Each team held early leads, scoring runs in each of the first three innings. Clinton posted nine runs in the first inning to take a one run lead at 9-8 then added four in their half of the second to extend their lead to five at 13-8. The Lady Spartans got three in the top of the third to cut Clinton’s lead to 13-11.
Clinton was unable to get a run across in the bottom of the third but their defense stepped up and held Union scoreless in the Fourth and fifth inning while they added three runs in the fourth and then five in the bottom of the fifth to close the Lady Spartans out in five.
Lauryn Moore led the Clinton offensive onslaught with a 7 RBI night. Callie Sumner scored 4 runs with Sydney Simmons, Keona Hill, Tyneisha Williams and Jessica Hamilton each scoring three times for the Lady Horses. Callie Sumner started the game in the circle for Clinton but yielded to Kris Glasper after an inning and one-third. Glasper finished the game for Clinton and picked up her first win of the season.
After the game, Clinton head coach, Ashley Slater said, “I am very proud of the way the girls have played the past two games. It is good to get our first win. Lauryn Moore was big for us tonight. She wants it so bad after spending so much time on the bench due to injury. We have to continue to improve and hopefully this game will give us a boost as we head down the stretch
The win over Union improves Clinton’s record to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in conference play. Clinton will host East Bladen on Friday with designs on an upset of the Lady Eagles. Union will travel to Trask on Friday in hopes of getting their elusive first win of the year.