By Brenden West Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — It didn’t seem to matter which Clinton pitcher opposed Central DeWitt’s Brooke Posey on Wednesday. She was going to take her extra bases, RBIs and runs and continue her own dominance on the mound.
Posey’s individual stat line during the River Queens’ Senior Night was a collection of figures whole teams aspire for: seven strikeouts in as many innings pitched, three doubles, two RBIs, two runs scored, one unearned run allowed. It was the fuel behind an 8-1 Sabers win, with Posey accounting for half of the team’s score.
“It kind of speaks for itself. She’s been a workhorse,” DeWitt coach Lee Swanson said. “She just swings the ball hard, and on the mound, there’s a presence. We relax behind her. It’s nice to see.”
Posey sent down 17 of Clinton’s first 19 batters before the River Queens bats awoke in the seventh inning. Hits by Sydney Davis and Taylor Altemeier led to Clinton’s only run, with Davis scoring on a double steal.
Altemeier led the team with two hits. Otherwise the home bats were pretty quiet, managing five total hits as a team.
“Our offense never really caught on,” Clinton coach Trina Cewe said. “We brought half of our game — the defense — but offense was lacking a little bit tonight.”
Before the game, Clinton honored its two seniors — Courtney Harlock and Keirstyn Davis. Harlock took the mound, and aside from two runs allowed in the first inning, kept the game within striking distance. She was replaced after five innings, with DeWitt leading 3-0.
The Sabers then strung together two late rallies in the sixth and seventh innings. Posey knocked another double in the sixth, scoring teammate Katie Irwin. In the seventh, Calloway Kinney looped a two-run single to right field and later scored on a Hailey Seitz scorcher along the third-base line.
Although the Sabers racked up 13 hits, Swanson said he hopes to see more offense from his team.
“We have to be better at the plate,” he said. “I wasn’t happy with the way we were at the plate tonight. If you take Brooke out of the equation, we didn’t hit the ball extremely hard.”
Posey said: “We’ve been playing pretty good defense. But hitting is where we need to get better.”
Clinton’s opportunities were scarce. In the second inning, Altemeier led off with a single to left field and stole her way into scoring position. Posey struck out two and induced a groundout to strand the Queens’ only baserunner over the first six innings.
On a night when Clinton struggled offensively, Cewe said it was nice to see Altemeier shine.
“She’s coming back. I think she had herself convinced she was in a slump,” Cewe said. “Mentally, she’s out of it (the slump). The hits are coming and that’s good news.”
The River Queens are slated for a makeup home doubleheader at 5:30 tonight against Burlington.
CENTRAL DEWITT 8, CLINTON 1
DeWitt 200 012 3 — 8 13 0
Clinton 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
Brooke Posey (7 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 7 so) and Abby Johnson; Courtney Harlock (5 ip, 7 h, 3 r, 3 er, 0 bb), Halee Vicks (1 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 1 er), Grace Dornbush (1 ip, 3 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb) and Cara Brewer. Multiple hits — DeWitt (Katie Irwin 2, Brooke Posey 3, Miranda Meland 2, Hailey Seitz 3), Clinton (Taylor Altemeier 2). 2B — DeWitt (Posey 3, Meland). RBIs — DeWitt (Posey 2, Meland 2, Calloway Kinney 2, Seitz).