Comeback Win Gives Lady Bisons Split with Mifflin County Teams

LEWISTOWN – The Clearfield Area High School softball team salvaged a split for Monday’s long bus trip to Mifflin County with a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Indian Valley.
The Lady Bisons were edged 5-3 by Lewistown in the first of the two Mountain League crossover make-up games.
They appeared headed for another loss when Indian Valley’s Mikala Britt held them hitless through four innings and the Lady Indians got to Rachel Hoffman for three runs on Taylor Boyer’s two-run triple and the second throwing error of the frame.
Clearfield (3-4) got one run back in the fifth via an Indian Valley (2-6) misplay after reliever Rachel Zimmerman issued three free passes.
With a little help, coach Bob Dixon’s team took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. B.J. Bowman and Suzie Colesar singled and Hoffman walked to load the bases. Two wild pitches and two passed balls gave the Lady Bisons three runs.
Britt re-entered the game and was tagged for what proved to be the deciding markers in the seventh. Andrea Butler and Bowman walked and scored on Colesar’s groundout and Hoffman’s single, respectively.
Indian Valley, which out-hit Clearfield 7-3 and left the sacks full in the fifth and sixth innings, tacked on a singleton in the lower seventh on Macie Lucas’ triple and Paige Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
Hoffman struck out 10 and walked four in her second victory.
See photos of the win over Indian Valley here:
Against Lewistown (4-4), Bowman quickly put the Lady Bisons in front with her first home run of the season, but the Lady Panthers countered with singles by Maggie Amspacker, Emily Tomasello and Caryssa Ammerman off Heather Picard.
The hosts broke the tie in the fourth on a walk, a single and one of Clearfield’s three errors and made it 4-1 in the fifth on a pair of hits, a double steal and Cheyenne Stonerook’s groundout.
The teams again matched tallies in the sixth.
Bowman singled and scored on the second passed ball of the inning, while Kali Hunter had an RBI-single for Lewistown.
The Lady Bisons made it interesting on a walk and hits by Butler and Melinda Owens in the seventh. However, only Robyn McBride touched home plate, and that was on a wild pitch by winner Brooke Morningstar.
“We didn’t play our best game, but Heather kept us in it,” Dixon said. “We just didn’t hit when we had chances to score.”
Bowman accounted for three of Clearfield’s seven hits off Morningstar, who struck out eight and walked two.
Picard gave up 10 hits and walked two. She had two strikeouts.
See photos of the loss to Lewistown here:
The Lady Bisons take their road tour to Huntingdon Wednesday, Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday and Tyrone Saturday, the latter a 1 p.m. start. They will welcome Central to the Bison Sports Complex Friday.
Andrea Butler ss 4010, Melinda Owens 2b 4010, B.J. Bowman cf 4231, Suzie Colesar 3b 1000, Rachel Hoffman lf 3010, Mikayla Ebeling rf 3010, McKenzie Moore c 3000, Lucy Kovalick 1b 3000, Amber Scott dp 2000, Robyn McBride ph 0100, Heather Picard (flex) 0000. TOTALS: 27 3 7 1.
Maddie Amspacker ss 4220, Emily Tomasello c 2120, Cheyenne Stonerook 1b 3011, Caryssa Ammerman 3b 3011, Kassandra Johnson cf 3000, Brooke Morningstar p 2110, Brooke Wilson lf 3110, Courtney Torry rf 3010, Kali Hunter 2b 3011.  TOTALS: 26 5 10 3.
Score by Innings
Clearfield     100 001 1 – 3   7  3
Lewistown   100 121 x – 5  10  1
E – Colesar 2, Moore. PB – Moore 1; Tomasello 1. DP – Clearfield (Butler unassisted). LOB – Clearfield 7; Lewistown 5.  HR – Bowman (1). SB – Amspacker, Morningstar, Wilson. CS – Morningstar (by Moore).
Clearfield – Picard 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Lewistown – Morningstar 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
WP – Morningstar 1.
W – Morningstar (2-1). L – Picard (1-4).
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Butler ss 3100, Owens 2b 2000, Bowman cf 3210, Colesar 3b 4111, Hoffman p 3111, Ebeling rf 4000, Kovalick 1b 2100, McBride lf 1000, Megan Vanderburgh dp 2000, Moore c (flex) 0000.  TOTALS: 24 6 3 2.
Brandi Sherwood cf 3020, Tara Kibe dp 3010, Jordan Myers 3b 3110, Dani Treaster rf 2100, Taylor Boyer 1b 4112, Macie Lucas ss 4110, Paige Johnson c 3011, Megan Kuhns lf 2000, Sandy Prince ph-lf 2000, Mikala Britt p 2000, Rachel Zimmerman p 1000, Alyssa Stackpole 2b (flex) 0000.  TOTALS: 2930 4 7 3.
Score by Innings
Clearfield       000 013 2 – 6  3  2
Indian Valley  000 300 1 – 4  7  1
E – Hoffman 2; Lucas. PB – Johnson 2. LOB – Clearfield 6; Indian Valley 10. 3B – Boyer, Lucas. Sac – Owens; Treaster. SF – Johnson. SB – Sherwood.
Clearfield – Hoffman 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K.
Indian Valley – Britt 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; Zimmerman 1.2, 2 H, 4-3 R, 4 K, 4 BB.
WP – Zimmerman 2.
W – Hoffman (2-0). L – Zimmerman (0-2).
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