MANLIUS — The high-powered offense of the Amboy Clippers was too much to overcome for the Bureau Valley Storm girls on the softball diamond as the Clippers used a fifth-inning explosion of seven runs to beat the Storm 12-5 Monday night in Manlius.
BV struggled to get its offense going early, continually making solid contact but hitting the ball right at Amboy fielders. The Storm managed only one hit through the first three innings.
“We hit the ball well but every time we seemed to make contact, it found one of their fielders. If we keep making solid contact like we did today, the hits will start falling for us and the wins will be there,” Bureau Valley coach Brian Humphrey said.
Amboy got out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning off second baseman Kelsie Thurman’s RBI double which scored two runs for the Clippers in the early going.
The Storm quickly answered in the next inning scoring four runs as BV grabbed their first and only lead of the game off of center fielder Shelby Weborg’s 2-run double that made the score 4-2.
The home advantage was quickly erased during the next inning as 12 Clippers stepped for a 7-run explosion in the top half of the fifth inning.
The scoring barrage included three doubles; one each by catcher Kaitlyn Liebling, centerfielder Micaela McCoy, third baseman Destinee Oenes and a home run by right fielder Courtney Rhine that set the pace for the remainder of the game.
Clipper batters added three more insurance runs during the final three innings as BV only managed to add one more run in the top of the seventh inning on a single by second baseman Ashley Phillips which scored shortstop Darcy Kepner.
“We’re hitting the ball a lot better, and we had a lot of opportunities to score, and we should have scored more than five runs but that’s just how the day turned out,” Humphrey said.
According to Humphrey improving upon getting timely hits, erasing mental mistakes and getting his younger players some experience will be instrumental for the BV storm to turn the corner and be successful for the remainder of the year.
“I thought we played pretty well. We hit the ball and other than that one inning we pitched a pretty good ball game,” he said. “They have a pretty good lineup, they got a lot of good hitters in the lineup, and they got rolling in that one inning, and we just couldn’t get any outs. If you take away that one inning it’s a whole different ball game.
“We have some inexperienced girls on the team at this level, and they’ll improve with more experience on the field. We just need to work on some little things and our mental mistakes. If we take care of these things we’ll be alright.”