CLINTON — After playing over a dozen games on greener fields in warmer weather, the Ashford softball squad played its first two games at home Saturday at River Queen Field against the Clarke Crusaders.
The Saints won Game 1 12-1 but dropped Game 2 in 4-3 fashion. Britnee Dobbs had four RBIs between the two games.
Ashford picked up its 10th win in the blowout while dropping back below .500 (10-11) after losing Game 2.
Saints win opener
The Saints put up six runs in the third inning after posting five runs in their first two innings at home this season.
Clarke struck first in the opening half inning on a double-steal with runners on first and third. Sonia Colavita scored on the play.
Before Ashford's big rally in the third, Dobbs hit a two-run home run in the second inning after a Katelyn Hair walk. Taylor Ellestad scored on a Betsy Nauman throwing error, then a couple of plays later, second baseman Kalyn Ohlemeyer pitched in an RBI single that scored center fielder Alex Bitto.
"I use everything I take from this game and I use it for the next game," Dobbs said.
Ashford catcher Shelby Hobelman led off the third inning with a single, and from then on, the Saints tallied six more hits and forced a Clarke error for six runs. Ohlemeyer had the big hit in the inning by bringing in two runs on a single up the middle.
"I'll tell our kids that anytime we score six runs, we should win," Ashford coach Kevin Jannusch said. "Six in an inning is good; I think the kids feed off of each other, and when one gets a hit, it just becomes contagious.
"We were zoned in; we had a great batting practice yesterday," Jannusch said.
Allie Klasen singled to left field in the fourth inning that brought in Dobbs.