CLINTON — Prince of Peace eighth-grader Ari Aquiliani delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting the Irish softball team to a 1-0 Big East Conference win over the Andrew Hawks at the Gil’s Ballroom Softball Complex Wednesday.

Katie Flood, who was 3-for-4, led off the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single that caromed off third base. Lauren Ryan sacrificed Flood to second.

With two outs Alyssa Kenney reached on an error as Flood moved to third. Then, up came Aquiliani, the No. 7 hitter in the lineup. She came through with a solid single to left and Flood strolled in with the only run of the game.

“I was really nervous. I’m just glad I could come around and get a hit for my team to win the game,” Aquiliani said. “I was afraid the third baseman was going to get it, but it went right between her and the shortstop. We expected more from ourselves. We hit the ball, but we hit it at people. It was a bad hitting night for us.”

Lauren Ryan turned in a masterful pitching performance, firing a one-hitter and piling up 14 strikeouts. The only hit she surrendered was a bunt single by Annie Bruno to lead off the fourth inning.

The only other Andrew player to reach base against Ryan was Lauren Ehrler who followed Bruno’s hit by reaching on a fielder’s choice.

Ryan got out of the inning by retiring the Hawks’ Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters in order on a pair of strikeouts and a popout.

The Irish (8-10, 5-3 Big East) had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Rachel Ryan drew a leadoff walk and Kenney sacrificed her to second.

Aquiliani, who was 3-for-4, then reached on an infield hit before Katelyn Ryan singled to right to load the bases. No. 9 hitter Emily Dodd then lined to Andrew second baseman Ashley Till who then fired to first baseman Megan Johannsen to complete an inning-ending double play as Katelyn Ryan strayed a bit too far off of first base.

Prince of Peace left a runner at third in the seventh. Katelyn Ryan reached on an error to lead off the inning. Dodd sacrificed her to second.

Brooke Craig moved Ryan to third with another sacrifice as Craig was narrowly nipped at first base on a very close call. Colleen Ryan then flew out to end the inning and send the game to extra innings.

Andrew’s Mallory Casel pitched a strong game, scattering nine hits in a complete-game effort. She did not have a strikeout and walked just one.

“We only allowed them a couple runners, and we left a number of runners on,” Prince of Peace coach Bill Manning said. “Lauren pitched a good game. That’s the second game in a row we didn’t have any errors. That’s what we need.”

The Hawks slipped to 2-10 overall and 1-6 in the league.

The Irish will compete in the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Classic Friday and Saturday. They’ll meet Monroe PCM, the No. 5 team in Class 2A, at 2:30 Friday and will tangle with Mount Vernon at 7:00. Saturday they’ll face Webster City at 10 a.m. and Ottumwa, the No. 6 team in Class 4A, at 4:00.

Andrew will take part in the North Linn Tournament Saturday.

Score by Innings

Andrew 000 000 00 — 0 1 2

Prince of Peace 000 000 01 — 1 9 0

Mallory Casel and Courtney McNally. Lauren Ryan and Alyssa Kenney.

Two or more hits—POP, Katie Flood 3, Ari Aquiliani 3. RBI—POP, Aquiliani.

Records—Andrew 2-10, 1-6 Big East Conference; Prince of Peace 8-10, 5-3. Next—Andrew at North Linn Tournament, Saturday; Prince of Peace at Cedar Rapids Jefferson Classic, Friday and Saturday.