Home run hitters showed their muscle June 1 as the Lady Mustang softball team traveled to Osceola to take on Clarke in a South Central Conference matchup. Four of the five runs scored in this game came from the long ball.
Sophia Young sparked the Mustang offense with solo home runs. The second came in the top of the 10th inning and helped Davis County escape with a 3-2 win.
Young was the leadoff batter for Davis County in the top half of the 10th inning. With the count 1-1, Young found a pitch she liked and put her bat on the ball. The ball sailed over the fence to break the 2-2 tie and give Davis County the lead.
Clarke threatened in the bottom of the 10th to score again. The Indians' Alr Henry reached base on a one-out error by the Lady Mustangs. Lady Mustang pitcher Madeline Barker also gave up a walk in the inning but fly balls hit to Sydney Henderson and Briley Lough helped to shut down the Clarke attack and preserve the 3-2 win.
The game was a defensive battle for both teams. Davis County made some nice plays early to keep Clarke off the base paths. Clarke returned the favor. Pitching from both teams was also solid during this contest.
Davis County broke the scoring silence when Young came to bat with one out in the top of the third inning. She faced an 0-2 count and fouled off a pitch as well. She connected with one right down the middle and sent it sailing over the left field fence. Davis County led 1-0.
Madeline Barker was also doing her part to help the Lady Mustangs get this win. Throughout the first five innings, she and the Lady Mustangs held Clarke’s offense under control. Barker struck out nine in that five-inning stretch. She finished the night with a total of 10 strikeouts and counted on her teammate to back her up with some excellent defensive play in the later innings to secure the win.
Davis County added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning. Macy Hill doubled to right to get a rally started with one out. Young later reached on an error by the Clarke left fielder. Hill was able to round third base and score on the play. Davis County took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning.
Rachel McFarland reached in the sixth on a Clark error. She advanced to second on a bunt from Jalee Lough and later stole third. A strikeout and a line-drive out hit by Madison Dunlavy left McFarland on the bases.
Clarke tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning with just one swing of the bat. Henry led off the inning with a single. After stealing second, the Indians used a sacrifice bunt to put Henry on third. She scored on a two-run homer hit by Emma Bolton.
Davis County’s offense was retired in order in both the seventh and eighth innings. Clarke received a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get anything past the Lady Mustang defense. The Indians benefited from a two-out walk and a Davis County error in the eighth and still couldn’t score.
Davis County had an opportunity to score in the top of the ninth. Henderson’s two-out double to left put her on base. A strikeout and a pop-up to the Clarke second baseman shut down that attempt.
Davis County shut down the Clarke offense with ease in the bottom half of the ninth, which set up the dramatic ending to this game. The victory boosted Davis County to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in South Central Conference play.
Score R H E
DC 001 010 000 1 3 6 2
CL 000 002 000 0 2 5 2
Pitching—Barker, W, 10 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 11 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Hits—Young, 2; Hill, 2; Lough, 1 and Henderson, 1.
RBI—Young, 2 and Jadin Bennett, 1.