CAMANCHE — It took the Clinton River Queens a few innings to get going in Tuesday’s softball game, but when they did it was tough to stop them.

The River Queens scored all of their runs between the fourth and sixth innings in a 7-4 non-conference softball victory at Camanche.

“I’m really happy with our performance,” said River Queens’ coach Renee Shovlain, whose team finished with 10 hits. “We hit the ball well and played tough defense.”

Camanche opened the scoring with one run in the third inning, but the River Queens struck back with one in the fourth, two more in the fifth and four in the sixth.

“We made some key mistakes,” said Camanche coach Vern Deters. “But we have young kids and we’re still trying to determine the right people for the right spots. On the positive side, this is the first game we hit the ball top to bottom. Granted, we hit a lot of balls at the fielders, but we’re getting there.”

Shovlain cited her pitcher, Megan Osterhaus, who tossed a six-hitter while striking out two.

“She’s been working really hard,” said Shovlain. “We tweaked a few things and it’s paying off. Tonight she did a great job in terms of selection of pitches and keeping the hitters off-balance.”

Marlee Hart scored Camanche’s run in the third inning when she walked, moved to second on Casey Johnson’s single to left, advanced to third on an error and came across the plate when she beat the throw home after Erica Schult grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Clinton tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Lindsey Thornton and Bailee Stauffer led off with consecutive singles before each moved up on a passed ball.

Thornton eventually scored on Brittany Edfors’ groundout.

The River Queens took control in the fifth, with all runs coming with two out.

Osterhaus began the scoring drive with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Megan Guppy.

Whitney Miller followed with a single to left and each runner moved up a base when the ball was mishandled in the outfield.

Thornton then delivered a two-run single up the middle to put Clinton ahead 3-1.

“We started kind of slow in the game, but came on strong later on,” said Shovlain. “I think the turning point was Lindsey Thornton’s two-out hit in the fifth. That changed the momentum of the game.”

The River Queens continued to sail in the sixth.

Sarah Graf and Edfors each had singles to lead things off before each moved up on a passed ball.

Erica Florence and Lea Wiersema followed with run-scoring singles and Olivia Kraft knocked in another run with a groundout.

Miller delivered the final RBI with a single, putting Clinton ahead 7-1.

Camanche made a charge in the bottom of the seventh with a three-run outburst.

The Indians loaded the bases when Natalie McKenrick walked and Ally Steines and Schult each hit singles.

An illegal pitch allowed McKenrick to score before Ashley Larson belted a two-run double to left field.

However, Osterhaus managed to get Allie Parker to ground out to end the contest.

“The thing I like to see is we didn’t give up at the end,” said Deters. “We hit the ball and made them field it.”

Camanche is slated to host Prince of Peace tonight, while Clinton plays at Muscatine Thursday.

Score by Innings

Clinton 000 124 0 —7 10 2

Camanche 001 000 3 —4 6 1

Megan Osterhaus and Lindsey Thornton. Allie Parker and Amber Thornton.

Two or more hits—Clinton, Whitney Miller, Thornton, Sarah Graf; Camanche, Casey Johnson. 2B—Camanche, Johnson, Ashley Larson. RBI—Clinton, Miller, Thornton 2, Brittany Edfors, Erica Florence, Lea Wiersema, Oliva Kraft; Camanche, Erica Schult, Larson 2.

Records—Clinton 2-4, Camanche 0-5. Next games—Clinton at Muscatine (DH), Thursday; Prince of Peace at Camanche, Wednesday.

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