Clippers edge Wellsville
WELLSVILLE – The Columbiana softball team decided enough was enough in the sixth inning.
The Clippers pulled away from Wellsville with two RBI doubles and a two-run home run from Carly Sawders for a 15-4 win in six innings Wednesday at Hammond Park.
“I wasn’t really keep track of the score,” Sawders said. “I knew we were up by a few runs, but I didn’t know we were up by that far.”
The Clippers (6-1) led 8-4 as they entered the sixth inning courtesy of a pair of RBIs from Sierra Ross and a fourth inning home-run from Haley Thom along with several stolen bases.
“I feel like we are getting hits on the ball,” Sawders said. “We have been getting hits out there, and I feel like aggressively we’re doing good.”
With only one out in the bottom of the sixth, the bats were going as Madison Roessler and Navi Kaur hit RBI doubles to pad the Clippers’ lead. Then Sawders blasted a two-run home run and as the Clippers led by 10.
“I was not expecting that at all,” Sawders said. “All I was focusing on was trying to hit the ball. I wasn’t expecting it to go that far.”
The game was ultimately called when Madison Macklin hit an RBI single to score Ross.
“I was confident that we were going to keep on going if they wouldn’t tell us to get off the field,” Columbiana coach Jerry Beltempo said. “Anytime we win, I’m pleased, and even more if we can get it done in less than seven innings.”
The Tigers (3-4) pulled within 6-5 in the fourth inning as Lexi Ammon hit the ball in center field for an inside-the-park home run after Clippers outfielders Baylie Mook and Elise Hammond collided.
“Ammon hit the ball well,” Wellsville coach Joe Soldano said. “It was unfortunate the center fielder and right fielder collided, but we were in the game. I can’t complain.”
Ammon led the team with a home run and RBI double along with Johnna Stokes, who hit an RBI single.
Domenica Cartwright pitched a complete game as she struck out two and walked six, but struggled with three wild pitches in the sixth as she recovers from a hamstring injury.
“She pulled her hamstring two weeks ago and it hasn’t healed up on her,” Soldano said. “She throws as hard as she can, and I think that’s affected her a little tonight, but she pitched well. She’s rather consistent.”
Both teams return to action today as the Clippers host Sebring and the Tigers head to Western Reserve.
The home runs marked the second this season for Carly Sawders and the first for Haley Thom.
Although played in Wellsville, the Tigers went to bat first.
W: 0-2-0-2-0-0- 4- 7-3
C-Madison Macklin, wp (5 1/3IP, 2K, 0BB), Holly Gotthardt (2/3IP, 1K, 0BB) and Navi Kaur.
W-Domenica Cartwright, lp (6IP, 2K, 6BB) and Hannah Hunter.