CLINTON—For the first time all postseason Clinton faced elimination as it took on Towanda during the Section 3 8-10 Softball Tournament Saturday afternoon.
Clinton scored runs in each of the first two innings before adding ten over the final two in order to claim a 16-6 win over Towanda. The win will set Clinton up for a rematch with Winner’s Bracket Champion Mifflinburg.
“The game was tight until the fourth inning,” Clinton manager Shawn Weaver said. “It was a game that made us work. We just made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but they handled it well.”
Clinton fell into a tie after the top of the fourth inning when Towanda scored its sixth run. The tie wouldn’t last long as Clinton scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Camdyn Weaver scored twice and drove in two runs. Eva Sockman, who came on to pitch in the second inning and finished with four strikeouts, had a home run and five RBI. Reagan Weaver added four RBI to go with a home run.
“Some girls really stepped up in big situations,” Weaver said. “They had a chance to step up for us and they did. All the girls are seeing the ball well.”
Payton Perry, Kaya Johnson, and Caedence Well all had hits for Towanda. Bryn Vargason went the distance for Towanda and kept her team in the game until Clinton’s final push in the fourth and fifth innings.
“We did alright to hang with them, but our pitching ran out of gas,” Towanda manager Rick Vargason said. “We were concerned with all the Weaver girls and their lead-off hitter. We kept them off balance.”
Camdyn Weaver was walked three times, but Reagan Weaver was able to break through with a home run.
Towanda bounced back nicely after its opening round stumble against Mifflinburg. The girls showed heart throughout the tournament and nearly forced their way into the final at the end.
“We’ll come back,” Vargason said. “We are going try and keep this core together. They should be alright. They are all really close.”