The Clarke County Junior Varsity Girl’s softball team steamed past the George Mason Mavericks in Berryville yesterday afternoon. On a cloudless spring day tailor-made for softball the home team took a six-run lead in the first inning and never looked back. The final score was a lop-sided Eagle victory of 17-4.
Starting pitcher Samantha Brooks got off to an excellent start by shutting out the Maverick batters in both the first two innings. Brooks’s cause was strengthened by Clarke County’s monster hitting scoring six runs in the first and two more in the third.
Clarke catcher Stephanie Nelson swatted a second inning in-the-park homerun on a hard line drive that rolled to the fence after George Mason’s left fielder failed to stop the ball.
The Maverick’s picked up their only four runs in the third inning after Clarke’s Brooks threw four walks and several passed balls. Despite the base runner threat Brooks maintained her poise and pitched out of the inning.
Maverick pitcher Alex Connole went the distance for George Mason demonstrating good control throughout the game, however, Clarke’s strong bats combined with poor fielding by the Maverick’s prevented any comeback threat from George Mason.
Clarke’s solid all-around offense was highlighted by hard line drives from both Morganne Ottober and Lexi Call in the fifth inning. Clarke second baseman Theresa Baker and first baseman Ashely Cadd delivered solid defensive performances as did the rest of the team.
Coach David Ravenscroft relieved Brooks at the top of the fourth inning and inserted Carrie Gibson on the mound. Gibson’s control and speed proved to be the right pitching recipe as Clarke shut out the Mavericks in the final three innings.
After the game Coach Ravensworth was complimentary of his team’s play and pitching. “We’ve gotten off to a solid 8-6 start and I’m pleased with the way that we’re playing.” Ravensworth was particularly enthusiastic with the pitching performance turned in by Brooks and Gibson. “This is only Samantha’s second start but she’s really coming along. Carrie Gibson’s speed and control were excellent out there. We’re blessed to have such good pitching at the junior varsity level.”
The Clarke county JV Girl’s softball team travels to Manassas park on Friday night. Game time is 5:00 p.m.