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Lady Bison earn second win in as many days behind Hoffman
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HYDE - After a pair of one-run losses to open the season last week, the Clearfield softball team went back to what it does best - pitching.
After a masterpiece from Heather Picard in the pitcher's circle on Monday, it was Rachel Hoffman's turn for a dominant performance. Hoffman allowed just two hits and struck out 15 hitters on Tuesday afternoon at the Bison Sports Complex in a 4-1 victory over Tyrone.
"I told the girls at the end of the game that those two one-run losses prepared us for a game like today," said Clearfield head coach Bob Lewis. "We didn't panic. We stuck to our gameplan, and our gameplan was to be patient at the plate. We had to wait six innings for the bats to come alive, but we stuck to the gameplan and the kids executed really to perfection. Fundamentally, it was very sound."
"Our pitching has been phenomenal all year. Those girls have been throwing the whole entire year. I keep saying it, but we expect that out of them. They keep us in games. They're two very extremely gifted, quality pitchers."
Hoffman kept Tyrone hitters off-balance all afternoon and had a perfect game though 4 1/3 innings before giving up a walk to Kelsey Emigh in the fifth.
After Alex Brooks reached on an error, Finnley Christine had the Lady Eagles' first hit of the game, a bunt single that loaded the bases. But Hoffman got a popout and a strikeout to get out of the Lady Bison's only jam of the game.
Tyrone pitcher Anna Baran didn't allow a baserunner until the third inning on a Janelle Wallace single. Baran allowed two runners to reach base in the third and fourth inning, but didn't have a runner on third base in either inning.
But in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wallace earned her second hit of the game, a double in the gap to begin the frame. Lauren Butler's sacrifice bunt moved Wallace over to third base, and Wallace came home on a Megan Vanderburgh sacrifice fly.
Vanderburgh's fly ball chased Tyrone shortstop Destiny Allen into shallow left field. Wallace scampered home safely on a throw up the third base line for Clearfield's first run of the game.
"For Lauren, as a freshman to come into that situation with a runner on second and deliver a perfect bunt, she's done everything we've asked of her," said Lewis. "I couldn't be more proud of where she's grown to this point as a freshman and stepping into that second base job.
"As far as Vanderburgh's fly ball, I told Janelle that if she's going into the outfield, we're going to attempt it. She had to make a perfect throw."
The Lady Eagles answered in the top of the sixth inning when Allen hit a solo blast to deep center field for Tyrone's second - and last hit - of the game.
"Rachel made one mistake, but it was a pretty good pitch and the girl just went down and got it," said Lewis. "We expected that from her. She's solid. She's going to continue to be solid like that. I think Tyrone was having a tough time catching up to her fastball. She's pretty overpowering at times."
After a pair of singles from Hoffman and Devynn Ireland to lead off the sixth inning, Lucy Kovalick slapped another single to right-center field to give the Lady Bison a 2-1 lead. Ireland and Kovalick each moved up a base on the throw to third. On the next batter, Victoria Ireland hit a single through the left side to score Devynn Ireland. Kovalick came home two batters later on a Wallace sacrifice fly to give Clearfield a 4-1 lead.
Wallace ended the day going 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
"I told her before the game and during the game that I have faith in her," said Lewis. "I know her abilities. I know what she's capable of. It's very nice to see her bust out today. She's a very quick girl and she can create havoc on the basepaths."
Baran threw six innings in the circle for Tyrone, giving up seven hits and four earned runs and struck out four batters.
"We were expecting that caliber of a pitcher," said Lewis. "I think our biggest problem was she was busting us inside. We took a lot better cuts in the fifth and sixth innings."
"The league is just polluted with good pitchers. These games like this are going to prepare us for games down the road. I told the girls before the game that this was a big game for us to get back to .500.
"I know in the past Clearfield has struggled out of the gate, and when you're 1-4 or 2-5, it's tough to get back up to .500. It's nice to get back to that mark."
Clearfield (2-2 overall, 1-2 in the Mountain League) visits Central today.

Tyrone-1
Bonsell 2b 3000, Tepsic dp 3000, Allen ss 3111, Henderson 1b 3000, Emigh 3b 2000, Brooks lf 3000, Christine c 3010, Corle cf 2000, Dibert rf 2000, Baran (flex) p 0000. Totals: 24-1-2-1.
Clearfield-4
Vanderburgh ss 3001, Ebeling cf 3000, Hoffman p 3120, D. Ireland 3110, Kovalick 3b 2111, V. Ireland 1b 3011, Picard rf 2000, Wallace c 2121, Butler 2b 2000. Totals: 23-4-7-4.
Score by Innings
Tyrone     000 001 0-1 2 1
Clearfield 000 013 x-4 7 1
Errors-Allen; V. Ireland. LOB-Tyrone 3, Clearfield 6. 2B-Wallace. HR-Allen (solo, 6th inning). SAC-Butler. SF-Vanderburgh, Wallace. HBP-Picard (by Baran).
Pitching
Tyrone: Baran-6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.
Clearfield: Hoffman-7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 SO.
WP-Hoffman (1-1). LP-Baran.


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