BELLVILLE — They’re done finished yet.
With a 5-2 win over Upper Sandusky on Saturday, Clear Fork’s girls softball team won a district championship and advanced to the regional tournament. One of the final 16 Division II teams will alive in the state, the Lady Colts, at 26-3, will play Oak Harbor Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Tiffin University in a regional semifinal game.
Oak Harbor advanced to the regional tournament with a 4-1 win over Maumee in their district championship game. Oak Harbor also has tournament wins over Sandusky Perkins (17-1) and Central Catholic (14-2).
If the Lady Colts beat Oak Harbor, they’ll advanced to a Division II regional tournament championship game at noon Saturday, also at Tiffin University. If Clear Fork advances on Wednesday, they’ll play the winner of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. game in Tiffin between Miller City and Keystone.
The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament in Akron Firestone Stadium at 5:30 p.m. on June 2.
On Saturday, the Lady Colts put together another gutty performances vs. Upper Sandusky.
Clear Fork committed two turnovers and was outhit 9-7. But after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second innings, they refused to allow Upper Sandusky back in the game.
Clear Fork upped its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth. The Lady Rams rallied with solo runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, but wouldn’t get any closer. Clear Fork tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Macy Wade and Emma Keene each had three hits for the Lady Colts on Saturday. Wade singled twice and doubled. Keene had three singles. Darian Gottfried had the other hit for Clear Fork, a single. Zara Thomas knocked in two runs for the winners and Brooke Robinson had an RBI.
Gottfried picked up another pitching win. The steady senior gave up nine hits, walked zero and struck out five. Two of Upper Sandusky’s runs were unearned.
Clear Fork 6, Shelby 4
MILAN — Clear Fork is headed for Saturday’s Division II district championship game following Thursday’s 6-4 come-from-behind win over Shelby.
With the victory, the Lady Colts improve to 25-3 this season. Shelby falls to 16-11.
In Thursday’s game, Clear Fork gave up a run in the first inning vs. the Lady Whippets. But they rallied in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Shelby responded by socring solo runs in the third, four and fifth inning to regain the lead, 4-3.
But once again, the Lady Colts rallied. Again they answered a Shelby advantage with a three-run rally.
The Colts led 6-4 at the end of the fifth, and Darian Gottfried and the Clear Fork defense shut down the Whippets the rest of the way for the victory.
Gottfried gave up six hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
The Colts also had an uncharacteristic five errors, which led to two unearned Shelby runs.
On offense, Clear Fork scattered nine hits. They also stole six bases. They needed all the offense they could produce as Shelby had just one fielding error.
Gottfried had three singles and three RBI to lead the Colts at the plate. Carson Crowner had two singles; Haylie Miller a single, double and an RBI; Brooke Robinson chipped in a single and RBI and Whitley Snavely had a single.