CLINTON — With the offense they displayed Monday at Chancy Park, it’s easy to see why the Davenport West Falcons are ninth in the Class 4A state softball rankings.

West came up with 34 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Clinton, winning the first game 12-3 and the second 13-0 in five innings.

West jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the opener, scoring three runs in the first inning and four more in the third. Tori Brown had a two-run single in the first and knocked in two more runs with a triple in the third.

The Falcons stretched the margin to 9-0 in the fifth thanks in part to two Clinton errors.

But the River Queens refused to go away and even made things interesting in the bottom of the sixth by scoring three times.

Facing relief pitcher Lindsey Moore, who entered the game in the fifth inning in place of Ashton Horn, Whitney Miller, Lindsey Thornton and Bailee Stauffer drew consecutive walks with one out.

Both Miller and Thornton scored when a pickoff throw by the catcher to the third baseman sailed into left field.

Stauffer went to third on the play and scored on Sarah Graf’s ground single up the middle.

The River Queens’ rally was short-lived, though, as two straight forceouts ended the inning.

The Falcons tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 12-3.

Clinton again made some noise in the bottom of the seventh, getting runners to third and second before the game ended.

“The first game I was happy with how we played defensively for the most part,” said Clinton coach Renee Shovlain. “We made some nice plays. We haven’t seen many left-handed hitters in a while, so we struggled a bit while trying to adjust to that.”

Shovlain was also happy how her team played on offense during the late stages of the game.

“They brought in the second pitcher and we were able to work the count on her, get on base and move the kids around,” she said.

Lea Wiersema was the offensive leader for Clinton, coming up with two of the team’s four hits. Included in that was a third-inning triple to right field.

“Lea Wiersema came through with some big base hits,” said Shovlain. “And Sarah Johnson got a hit in the second game which is great to see since she was long overdue.”

In the second game, West sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning while erupting for seven runs on nine hits.

Brown had a two-run double in the frame and Stephanie Dorton a two-run single.

“It’s tough for anybody to come back after giving up seven runs in an inning,” said Shovlain. “As a team, that can really shake your confidence. But after that I think we did a good job of not giving up the big inning.”

The Falcons managed two runs in the second and one in the third before being shut out in the fourth.

They added three runs in the fifth, with Samantha Saladino’s two-run single being the big blow.

Thornton paced the River Queens’ offense in the second game with two singles.

Shovlain cited Clinton’s pitchers, Courtney Kadner in the first game and Megan Osterhaus in the second.

“Even though West did a good job hitting the ball, both of our girls pitched well,” said Shovlain. “Megan has been struggling a bit with some tendinitis in her elbow, but she toughed it out today.”

With the win, West moved into second place in the Mississippi Athletic Conference with a 9-3 mark. The Falcons are 23-7 overall.

The River Queens dipped to 0-12 in the league and 3-19 overall.

Clinton has some time off before playing in the Northeast Invitational Saturday.


Score by Innings

Davenport West 304 020 3 —12 16 1

Clinton 000 003 0 —3 4 4

Ashton Horn, Lindsey Moore (5) and Heidi Kroeger. Courtney Kadner and Lindsey Thornton.

Two or more hits—West, Kroeger 3, Sarah Saladino 4, Tori Brown, Grace Schroeder, Maddie Ruggeberg; Clinton, Lea Wiersema. 2B—West, Kroeger, Saladino 2, Schroeder. 3B—West, Brown; Clinton, Wiersema. RBI—West, Anna Lane, Saladino, Andrea Oake, Brown 4, Schroeder; Clinton, Sarah Graf.


Score by Innings

Davenport West 721 03 —13 18 0

Clinton 000 00 —0 5 5

Hailey Nichol and Heidi Kroeger. Megan Osterhaus and Lindsey Thornton.

Two or more hits—West, Nichol, Kroeger 3, Sarah Saladino 3, Samantha Saladino 3, Maddie Ruggeberg 3; Clinton, Thornton. 2B—West, Kroeger, Tori Brown. RBI—West, Nichol, Kroeger, Brown 3, Grace Schroeder, Sam. Saladino 2, Ruggeberg, Stephanie Dorton 2.

Records—West 23-7, 9-3 Mississippi Athletic Conference; Clinton 3-19, 0-12. Next game—Clinton at Northeast Invitational, Saturday.

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