SOFTBALL: Clear Fork rallies past Madison

By Chris Pugh -

It may become the shortest sacrifice fly this season in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.

But it was far from the least important.

Darian Gottfried scored on Caitlyn Hilverding’s pop up to first base in the seventh inning for the winning run to help lead Clear Fork to a 7-5 win over Madison on Wednesday.

“We tell our runners to tag on anything,” Colts head coach Jeff Gottfried smiled.

Madison first baseman Alexis Crider made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on the play, but Gottfried was able to easily score.

The win didn’t come easy for the Colts, after Madison scored three in the fifth and one in the sixth to erase 4-1 and 5-4 leads for Clear Fork.

“Madison has played us tough for years,” Jeff Gottfried said. “It was a good battle and the kids fought hard.”

In addition to getting the win on the mound, Darian Gottfried added two doubles and a triple for the Colts, while Montana Walker added two singles, a double and two runs batted in.

“They are a typical Clear Fork team,” Madison coach Tim Niswander said. “They are scrappy, put the ball in play and make things happen.’

Clear Fork improves to 6-0 and 4-0 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.

By Chris Pugh