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March 14, 2014

Clarkdale softball edges Meridian

MERIDIAN — Clarkdale High School pitcher Heather Harwell and the rest of the Lady Bulldogs were able to overcome several errors and squeaked out a 5-4 win against Meridian High School Thursday afternoon in Clarkdale Spring Break Tournament.

Harwell got the win for Clarkdale, surrendering four runs on just one hit in six innings. She also struck out seven, walked seven and hit a batter all while battling through six errors in the field.

“She threw a lot of strikes early,” Clarkdale head coach Britt Bennett said. “She ran out of gas there toward the end — she was well over 100 pitches, and we haven’t gotten that far yet (in her development), because we haven’t been on the field a lot. She’s really not ready to throw that many, but she did a good job battling through it.”

At the same time, Bennett acknowledged that his girls need to cut down on the errors.

“We made a few mistakes in the infield,” Bennett said. “We have to make the plays when they give us the chance — ground ball outs, we have to make the plays.”

Meridian starter Briana Scruggs took the loss, going five innings and giving up five runs on six hits. She struck out one, walked one and hit a batter. The Lady Wildcats committed two errors.

“She pretty much threw strikes today, and of course throwing strikes is the key to winning,” Meridian head coach Ray Cook said. “She had a pretty good day.”

Clarkdale took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Kayla Reed scored on a throwing error. Aubrey McWilliams later came home on a fielder’s choice.

Meridian jumped ahead 3-2 in the top of the third when Zykeyah Horn scored on a throwing error and Jasmine Brown and Amber Carter scored on a passed ball and wild pitch, respectively.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs retook the lead for good when RBI singles by McWilliams, Alex Riser and Makayla Roberts scored three runs. Meridian scored one more run in the top of the sixth when Brown crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice. The game was called after the top of the sixth because of a time limit.

The Lady Bulldogs’ Anna Guin was the only multiple hitter in the game. She went 2-for-3 with a double.

Clarkdale 5,

Nanih Waiya 4

The Lady Bulldogs won their second game at the tournament Thursday, edging Nanih Waiya High School.

Meredith Hunt got the win for Clarkdale, and she also had a good day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3. Aubrey Hart also had an RBI for the Lady Bulldogs.

Clarkdale (2-3) will play Russell Christian at 12:30 p.m. today.

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