Lady Colts beat Mount Vernon; still alive in OCC softball race

BELLVILLE — Clear Fork is still in the hunt to win an Ohio Cardinal Conference softball title in their final year in that league thanks to a thrilling 7-6 win vs. league-leader Mount Vernon on Tuesday at Clear Fork High School.

With the win, Clear Fork improves to 18-2 overall and 9-2 in the OCC standings. Mount Vernon is still atop the standings after dropping their first league game of the season. The Yellow Jackets are 17-2 overall and 9-1 in league action.

The two teams will meet again today, in Mount Vernon.

On Tuesday, Clear Fork scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 6-4 deficit.

The Lady Colts scattered 11 base hits. Macy Wade had a double and two singles, Zara Thomas had three singles and Haylie Miller knocked in two more runs with another home run. She had nine round-trippers to start the week.

Carson Crowner, Darian Gottfried, Caitlynn Hilverding and Emma Keen had singles for Clear Fork.

The score was 3-3 after the first inning. Mount Vernon tacked on single runs in the second, third and fifth innings.

But the Lady Colts got one run in the bottom of the fifth and walked off with their three-run rally in the seventh.

Mount Vernon had three fielding errors and gave up three unearned runs in their first league loss.

Gottfriend went the distance to pick up another pitching victory for Clear Fork. She walked two, struck out two and gave up 10 hits, including one homerun. Although Clear Fork had two errors in the field, Mount Vernon did not score any unearned runs.

Staff report