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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.

More softball

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.

Baseball

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.)

Baseball scores

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.

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