CLINTON — As finals are wrapping up at many local high schools, students are hoping for passing grades.

On the softball diamond, Northeast got such a grade from coach Gregg Mohl.

Freshman pitcher Audrey Moehr fired a one-hitter and the Rebels pounded out 10 hits to spark a 7-1 season-opening win over Clinton Wednesday at Chancy Park.

“I’m really happy, especially for this being the first game,” said Mohl. “Sure, we can get better. We have some things to work on, but I am pleased with our performance.”

Moehr, who struck out 11, did not allow a hit until Elyse Nylin’s leadoff single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“Audrey threw exceptionally well,” said Mohl. “I couldn’t be more proud of her. She threw a lot of pitches and struggled at times, yet kept her composure.”

Clinton scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning.

Whitney Miller led off with a walk. Lindsey Thornton followed with a grounder to second base, but Miller eluded the tag to put runners at first and second.

Miller moved to third on Lea Wiersema’s groundout and scored on Sarah Graf’s groundout.

“We started the game really well,” said Clinton coach Renee Shovlain. “We scored right away and then went out and held them defensively.

“We were getting the bat on the ball and being aggressive, but then later on we started to become tentative in the box,” she continued. “We would work the count, which got us a few walks, but we also struck out looking seven times. You can’t win doing that.”

Northeast went ahead to stay with two runs in the third inning, both coming after two were out.

Melissa Spain lined a shallow single to left field, stole second and scored when Bridget Roth — who was 3-for-3 in the game — delivered a double to center field.

Roth went to third on a passed ball and scored when Ashley Lorenzen reached base on an error.

The Rebels added a run in the top of the fifth when Spain reached on an error and came home when Roth delivered a double over the left fielder’s head.

The game was not without a bit of controversy, which came in the bottom of the fifth.

Miller walked to lead off the inning and Thornton followed with a grounder to second baseman Amber Lorenzen, who threw to Roth for the forceout at second.

However, the field umpire ruled the throw was dropped and Miller was safe.

But, after an appeal, the home plate umpire ruled Miller was out.

Moehr struck out the next two batters to finish off the inning.

Northeast all but put the game away in the seventh inning with a four-run outburst with the aid of six hits and two Clinton errors.

Mahmens reached on an error to lead things off and stole second.

Spain also reached base on an error before moving to second on a wild pitch.

Roth followed with an infield single to load the bases before Ashley Lorenzen sent a two-run double to right field, making it 5-1.

Courtney Mohl followed with an RBI single to right, but Lorenzen was tagged out trying to advance to third.

Mohl later stole second before getting caught stealing third.

Stacey Voss then hit a short single to left, Amber Lorenzen grounded a single up the middle and Julie Krogman walked to load the bases.

Moehr then scorched a single through the left side of the infield to complete the Rebels’ scoring.

Clinton had one last gasp of hope in the bottom of the inning when Nylin sent a single up the middle that just eluded the glove of Amber Lorenzen.

However, Moehr got two strikeouts and induced a groundout to finish off the game.

“It seemed Audrey got stronger as the game went on, and because of that the defense behind her got stronger,” said coach Mohl.

Shovlain said the River Queens were hindered by the absence of Sarah Johnson, who is nursing a hyper-extended elbow.

“We’re anxious to get her back,” said Shovlain. “That will make a difference when she returns.”

Clinton will compete in the North Scott Lancer/Central DeWitt Saber Invitational Friday and Saturday, while Northeast’s next action is tonight at Bellevue Marquette.

Score by Innings

Northeast 002 010 4 —7 10 2

Clinton 100 000 0 —1 1 5

Audrey Moehr and Bethany Mahmens. Megan Osterhaus and Lindsey Thornton.

Two or more hits—Northeast, Bridget Roth 3. 2B—Northeast, Roth 2, Ashley Lorenzen, Julie Krogman. RBI—Northeast, Roth 2, Lorenzen 2, Courtney Mohl, Moehr; Clinton, Sarah Graf.

Records—Northeast 1-0, Clinton 0-1. Next games—Clinton at North Scott Lancer/Central DeWitt Saber Invitational, Friday and Saturday; Northeast at Bellevue Marquette, Thursday.

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