By Ben Murphy
Clare and Farwell finally hit the softball field Monday night, both opening their seasons in a Jack Pine Conference doubleheader in Farwell.
Farwell earned a dramatic 8-6 win in game one, behind a walk-off three run home run by freshman Kelsey Seiter in the bottom of the seventh.
“We played well but made some mistakes in the middle innings that allowed them to score,” Farwell head coach Steve Klinge said. “We hit the ball really well, top to bottom and Seiter came up big in the bottom of the seventh to give us the win. It was a great game against a good team.”
Kate Saupe pitching the Lady Eagles to victory by giving up seven hits and striking out seven.
On top of her clutch home run Seiter added a double earlier in the game and finished with five RBI.
Caron White, Saupe and Alysha Luster all had two hits, with Saupe getting a double and an RBI. Jessie Theisen and Sammi Latting both had singles.
Melissa Benchley led Clare with a three-for-four day at the plate and added two RBI. Ashley Petree also had a two-run double.
Clare got its revenge in game two, picking up a 6-5 win over Farwell.
McKenzie Thayer pitched the first six innings for Clare, giving up five runs, three earned on 10 hits and three strikeouts. Petree pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the win in relief, giving up one hit and striking out one.
White suffered the loss, giving up nine hits and striking out two batters, with White adding three hits and a run scored on offense.
Lindsay Winter and Laura Walton both had two hits to lead the Clare offense.
Seiter, Theisen, and Kayla Cotton all had two hits, including a home run by Theisen who finished with three RBI.
Latting and Emily Ruckle both added singles for the Eagles.
“We played really well overall with a super young and talented team with no seniors,” Klinge said. “We definitely have things to work on but we are coming along. Hopefully we keep progressing as fast as we have the past few weeks. The more games we play the better we are going to get.”
Farwell (1-1 overall, 1-1 JPC) played at Houghton Lake on Thursday, plays at the Bay City Central Invitational on Saturday and plays at Gladwin Tuesday.
Clare (1-1, 1-1) hosted Roscommon on Monday, hosts its own tournament on Saturday and hosts Beaverton on Tuesday.