Lady Colts join Ohio’s Sweet 16

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.
With 5-2 win over Upper Sandusky, Clear Ford advances to regional tournament


Staff report