Clinton County Girls roll past Jersey Shore, 11-1
By LAURA JAMESON
WOOLRICH — Clinton County is gifted with exceptional baseball and softball players.
The Clinton Softball 9-11 All-Stars earned their second consecutive win against the Jersey Shore All Stars to win the District 12 Championship on Thursday night.
Clinton rolled past Jersey Shore by a score of 11 to 1.
Kierstyn Reed and Mattisyn Mason started it off in the second inning with two consecutive base hits.
Next up was Maya Krout, who earned a walk
That put Danica Kelly to the plate, and she produced for the team.
Kelly pounded a double into the outfield, scoring Reed, Mason and Krout.
Another run would be added in the top of the third inning when Brynn Swanger got on base with a single, then scored on a Jersey Shore error.
Jersey Shore, however, tried to fight back.
Shore Dani Miller and Kalysga Johns each earned walks in the bottom of the third.
Aggressive baserunning allowed Miller to score, according Coach-Manager Kevin Tripp.
But Clinton wasn’t done.
In the top of the fourth, Mason was hit by a pitch and Cheyenne Weaver earned a walk.
The ever-aggressive Kelly got a base hit, followed by walks to Leah Lohman, Ellie Heaton and Swanger.
Before the top of the fourth was over, Clinton extended its lead to 11-1.
Clinton’s defense was led by pitcher Jacey Tripp.
She pitched a no-hitter, with six strike outs and five walks through the top of the fourth inning.
Jersey Shore had no answer, giving Clinton the championship.
And since no other teams were entered in the age group for Section 3, the girls won the section title too, and a berth in the state championship tournament.
Reportedly, that tournament will be held July 27-Aug. 2 and hosted by Yough Little League in District 9 at West Newton in southwestern Pennsylvania.
That tournament will be double elimination.
“The girls have been a pleasure to work with,” said Tripp about his team’s accomplishments.
“The wins have been a team effort.”