Joseph Lillard – Sports Editor
The Shaw Challenge may not have gone the ladies’ way, but they did pick up the first win of its season.
Clarion softball shut out Bluefield State College in a massive victory, final score 17-0.
The Golden Eagles forced the Big Blues to go three up and three down, striking out the first two batters Bluefield State sent to the plate.
Clarion’s bats were ready to work, as the Golden Eagles cranked out 10 runs in the first inning.
Bad pitching doomed Bluefield, as Clarion scored those 10 runs on only four hits.
Clarion struck out the side in the top of the second and padded its lead from there.
The Golden Eagles went on to add three runs in the second inning, two in the third and two more in the fourth.
Bluefield State collected two hits throughout the course of the ball game.
Clarion pitcher Rachael Hoffman struck out nine batters in the game.
Casey Wilcox, second base for the Golden Eagles, said this win helps because, “We know what it feels like to win, and we’re ready to keep that ball rolling.”
Wilcox points out that the team knows the weekend didn’t go as planned.
She said, “We did not perform to our highest potential this weekend, and I think that really hit us hard. Now going into Florida, we want to erase the little mistakes and just play as clean and smooth as possible.”
Clarion’s softball team heads to Clermont, Fla. over spring break for eight games as part of the PFX Spring Games.