Looking for its first win of the softball season on Wednesday afternoon, Clawson downed visiting Royal Oak Shrine, 6-4, thanks to a late scoring surge.
Trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning, Clawson freshman Ariana Inez entered the game as a pinch hitter and knocked in two big runs to get a two-out rally started.
Clawson (1-2) ended up scoring five in the inning to take a two-run lead that would ultimately hold up.
Clawson pitcher Maddie Sparks threw a complete game, finishing with five strikeouts in seven innings and helping her own cause at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
“She threw a ton of strikes,” Clawson coach Kelly Horne said. “She only had four walks, which has been a problem for us in the past.”
Aly Orville, Clawson’s No. 3 hitter, finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two clutch RBIs.
Horne credited Inez, for the win, saying the team’s victory wouldn’t have been possible if not for her clutch two-out hit in the fifth.
“(We still need to work on) consistency at the plate and making contact every time,” Horne said.
Shrine (0-1) will host Harper Woods on Tuesday, while Clawson will host Hazel Park on Friday.
Warren Woods-Tower 16, Sterling Heights 0 (3 inn.): Samantha Morin went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, Madison Glass went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Hannah Chaffee pitched all three innings and recorded five strikeouts for Tower (1-0). Sterling Heights is 0-1.
Birmingham Groves 8, Berkley 2: Michael Pastoria, Connor Bradbury and John Kowalchuk each recorded an RBI, and Leo Dudas pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win for Groves (1-0). Berkley is 0-1.
Detroit Country Day 17, Clawson 2: John Malcon went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and six RBIs, Mike McLean went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, and Tommy Young went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Country Day (2-0). Clawson is 1-1.
More softball scores
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 11, Fraser 8
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 5, Algonac 3 (9 inn.)
Auburn Hills Avondale 6, Utica Ford 0
Bloomfield Hills 3, Waterford Mott 0
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 12, Rochester 7
Walled Lake Central 4, Novi 0
Walled Lake Northern 10, Grand Blanc 0
West Bloomfield 10, Waterford Kettering 1 (G1)
West Bloomfield 5, Waterford Kettering 3 (G2)
Girls soccer scores
Clawson 7, Warren Fitzgerald 0
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 5, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 3
Pontiac 8, Madison Heights Madison 0
Warren Mott 8, Center Line 0
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.