Clare softball shuts out Gladwin twice, 6-0, 14-0
By Ben Murphy
Clare earned two Jack Pine Conference softball wins Tuesday night, sweeping visiting Gladwin 6-0 and 14-0.
Katya Halfmann earned the win in game one, giving up three hits while striking out eight and walking two.
Bailey Reger led the Clare offense with an RBI double, Laura Walton and Ashley Petree had a single and two RBI apiece.
Mackenzie Thayer and Petree split pitching duties in game two, combing to throw a no-hitter. Thayer tossed the first two innings, striking out two batters with Petree pitching the last three frames, striking out four.
Walton had two doubles and a single, Petree and Lindsay Winter both had two hits, Alex Stark had two singles and two RBI and Courtney English scored three runs.
On Thursday, May 9 Clare played a non-league doubleheader at Ogemaw Heights, sweeping the Lady Falcons by scores of 8-1 and 11-2.
Halfmann earned the win in game one, pitching seven innings, giving up one earned run on six hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
English, Melissa Benchley, Thayer, Reger and Stark all had hits.
Thayer pitched the Lady Pioneers to victory in game two, giving up two runs, one earned on eight hits, two strikeouts and two walks.
Petree, Reger and Stark all had multiple hits in the game, with Winter and Sierra Benchley adding one single apiece.
Clare (14-4 overall, 9-3 JPC) played at Meridian in a crucial league matchup on Thursday, plays at the Glen Lake tournament on Saturday and plays at Lakeview on May 21.