Fliers erupt late against Carey

Marshall one win away from No. 500

PHOTO BY MATT NYE Clyde’s Chase Arndt prepares to hit a pitch from Carey pitcher Hannah Lonsway Tuesday in Carey. Carey’s Lexia Clinger prepares to catch the pitch.

Clyde coach Marc Marshall said his team looked like it was going through the motions for the first few innings Tuesday at Carey.

However, for the last three, the motion was scoring a plot of runs.

Thirteen runs in the last three innings, to be exact.

The Blue Devils led 6-2 through four frames, but the Fliers exploded late for a 15-6 victory — which is Marshall’s 499th win. Clyde hosts Perkins today.

“We didn’t play bad early, just didn’t play well,” Marshall said. “The balls we did hit they made plays on. They put the ball in play and took advantage of some of our mistakes, both errors and mental mistakes to get their 6-2 lead.

“From the fifth inning on, our quality at-bats were at 84 percent. That was the big difference. We just had solid at-bats from the fourth inning on. We played solid defense. We brought in our second pitcher, because (Hunter) Schwochow threw over 100 pitches yesterday she was a little tired, so I can’t say enough. We did a good job of battling back against a really good team.”

Both teams scored in the opening inning as the Fliers got a run on a Murissa Drown double to deep center, scoring Delaney Gill and the Blue Devils (10-4) countered in the bottom-half. Hailey Niederkohr drew a walk to begin the inning, Emma Wagner put down a sac bunt, but Niederkohr kept running to third, which enticed a wild throw to third and then she sped home to give the Blue Devils their first run.

Clyde added another in the third after a Julia Munoz RBI single scored Gill.

But this time the Blue Devils didn’t just match the Fliers. They plated four runs in the third and another in the fourth to get the 6-2 advantage.

Niederkohr singled, Wagner doubled to left scoring Niederkohr and then after a walk to Bridget Mullholand, Hannah Lonsway singled and McKenzie Row drove in two runs with a single up the middle. Lexia Clinger kept the inning going with an infield single and then Mullholand scored on a ground out by Makenzie Snyder.

Wagner scored on a fielder’s choice in the fourth to add the sixth run.

“We hit really well at the beginning. We had good offense,” Carey coach Teresa Gillig said. “Defensively, they had a lot of hard hits to the outfield and we gave up a lot of runs due to passed balls and not keeping the balls in front (8 errors), but they are a great team. They are strong offensively and strong defensively. They out-hit us tonight.”

The Fliers woke up in the top of the fifth with four runs to tie the game as Gill, Kendall Bailey and Drown began the inning with three straight singles. Gill scored on a passed ball, then Munoz walked to load the bases and Chase Arndt flew out to right. However, the right fielder made the catch, but crashed into the fence, allowing two Fliers to score. Grace Knehr drove in a run on a ground out to tie the game at 6.

“It’s good competition (playing Clyde) and I know you get better when you play the bigger schools,” Gillig said. “It’s good for us to play and see some strong pitching.”

After the Blue Devils went down in order, the Fliers exploded for eight runs to put the game out of reach.

Bailey hit a two-run single down the left field line to the start scoring, while Drown added a RBI single to right, Arndt lined a two-run double down the right field line, Knehr drove in a run on an error, Kylie Cantu drilled a RBI single and then the final run scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Bre Dirlam.

Knehr added an RBI single in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Overall, Gill tallied four hits for the Fliers, while Drown had three and Bailey, Munoz and Cantu all had two.

Schwochow went just four innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits. Taylar Gray got the win in three innings of relief as she gave up just one hit.

Lonsway took the loss for the Blue Devils, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Mullholand pitched the remaining outs, allowing five runs on five hits.

“In softball, I don’t look at the whole D-II or DIV type thing because in basketball and football it’s a big difference. But if you can play softball, you can play softball. I don’t care what level you are,” Marshall said. “They are a solid program. They have very good players and they are going to win a lot of games.

“We made a conscience effort to increase our workload as far as scheduling people. We played Mansfield Madison who went to regionals last year, we play Bellevue twice every year and who’s good every year and Columbian is really good since coach (Erica) Dickman has taken over. We play a hard schedule and this was no exception.”

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