Efficient softball Rebs hold off Clarksville 6-1
Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Southwestern made the most of its scoring opportunities Friday in a 6-1 softball win at Clarksville.
Clarksville out-hit the Rebels 8-5 but Southwestern's defense limited the damage by stranding eight Generals on base.
Southwestern got a two-run single by Shaye Geer in the top of the second inning and then never surrendered the lead the rest of the way.
The Rebels also produced two-run rallies in the third and fifth innings, including a run-scoring error that plated Karli Long in the third.
Clarksville threatened to have a big inning in the fifth after Kate Wingler doubled and scored on back-to-back singles. The Generals had runners at first and second when Kayla Wallace singled to center at the top o the lineup. However, Long the Rebels' center-fielder, came up throwing and nailed the runner at home for the third out to end the rally.
Austin Courtney reached base three times for Southwestern and Brittney Ralston was 2-for-3.
Kelsi Brierly picked up the win for the Rebels. She struck out eight and allowed one earned run on eight hits and one walk over seven innings. Bailey Sharp took the loss for Clarksville, allowing six runs in seven innings while walking five and striking out eight.
Southwestern (5-3) hosts South Ripley Monday.