2013-04-08 / Sports

Lady Clovers Top Owen Valley, 6-5, In Softball Action Thursday

by Amanda York
Staff Writer


Cloverdale senior pitcher Kat Raisor hit the game-winning single in Thursday night’s game, driving home Adri Patterson for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale senior pitcher Kat Raisor hit the game-winning single in Thursday night’s game, driving home Adri Patterson for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale’s varsity softball team hosted the Owen Valley Lady Patriots on Thursday evening, coming away with a hard-fought, 6-5 win.

The Lady Patriots were the first to score, tallying two runs in the top of the first. OV held the Lady Clovers scoreless through three innings, before giving up the two tying runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cloverdale added another three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Owen Valley trailed 5-2 in the top of the seventh, but the girls were able to get their bats going once again with hits from freshman Jennifer Morgan and senior Rebecca Strong to even the score, 7-7. The Lady Clovers would not be deterred, however, picking up vital hits of their own from Adri Patterson, Beka Jordan and Kat Raisor. Raisor hit a single to score the winning run.


Owen Valley senior pitcher/third baseman Rebecca Strong hit a triple in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score, closing the 5-2 deficit the Lady Patriots faced at the start of the inning. She is shown above, right, high-fiving head coach Jamie Summerlot after sliding into third. (Staff Photo) Owen Valley senior pitcher/third baseman Rebecca Strong hit a triple in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score, closing the 5-2 deficit the Lady Patriots faced at the start of the inning. She is shown above, right, high-fiving head coach Jamie Summerlot after sliding into third. (Staff Photo) “Last night’s loss is a tough one,” OV head coach Jamie Summerlot said Friday morning. “We started off really strong with good hits in the first inning and then our bats went cold until the seventh inning. We have to be more consistent at the plate, putting the ball into play, and execute our bunts.

“In the seventh inning Jennifer Morgan and Rebecca Strong gave us a couple of really good hits, Jennifer with a double and Rebecca with the triple, which really got the bats going again and we came back to tie the game. However, in the bottom of the seventh inning we couldn’t stop the final run for Cloverdale take the win.

“Our girls never gave up and they worked really hard. We have to work on consistency at the plate. We will work hard in the next few practices to improve our batting and go over the three errors that we had in the game. We need to work hard and get ready for our first conference game against West Vigo.”

Owen Valley (1-1) travels Tuesday, April 9, to West Vigo for a Western Indiana Conference showdown with the host Lady Vikings. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.

The Lady Clovers (1-2) play host to Monrovia tonight, Monday, at 5:00 and will face the same Lady Bulldogs the following night, Wednesday, at Monrovia.

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Cloverdale - 6, Owen Valley - 5
abrhRBIbb
Morgan 42310
Strong 42200
Wood 31100
Dayhuff 30100
Richardson40100

Terrell,G. 40001
Lighter 30001
Summerlot40000
Arnold 30000
Totals 325812
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Owen Valley (1-1) 200 000 3 5
Cloverdale (1-2) 000 230 1 6

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IPHRERBBSO
Strong(OV) 412054
Terrell,G.(OV) 344041

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