By Ben Murphy
Clare split its games at the Northwood Invitational on Saturday, losing game one to Beal City 10-2 and winning the second against Chippewa Hills, with a score not reported.
On Friday, May 23 Clare came up just short of sharing the Jack Pine Conference title. The Pioneers needed to sweep Farwell to share the title with Meridian, but instead won game one 6-4 and lost game two 5-4.
Colton Punches got the win in game one, giving up four earned runs in seven innings while striking out nine and walking six.
Jacob Sutton took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned on nine hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
Charlie Bugbee and Gabe Denton had two hits apiece for Clare, Camden Dice, Logan Emery Matthew Magnus, Mason Packard and Jordan Gross all had one hit apiece.
Dylan Brown and Jordan Renner had three hits apiece for Farwell, Austin Hickey had two with Austin Maxey, Clay
Forfinski and Walter Mosby all adding one hit apiece.
Hickey got the win for the Eagles in game two, tossing seven innings and giving up four earned runs on six hits, one strikeout and seven walks.
Dice suffered the loss, giving up five runs in three innings of work.
Denton and Bugbee both had two hits while Emery and Punches had one hit apiece.
Clare (22-8 overall, 11-3 JPC) plays Pinconning in the division three Beaverton district on Saturday. Standish-Sterling and Beaverton are on the other side of the bracket.