Clear Fork Falls Short Against Oak Harbor In Regionals

  • 5/25/2017 4:49:25 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

TIFFIN, OH- Clear Fork's impressive postseason run came to a close Thursday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to Oak Harbor in the Division II Tiffin Regional Semifinals. 

The Lady Colts fell behind early, surrendering five runs in the first three innings. Sophomore shortstop Kaytlynn Sandwisch came through with an RBI triple in the bottom of the 1st to give the Lady Rockets a 1-0 advantage. A costly 2-out fielding error in the bottom half of the 2nd would produce two more Oak Harbor runs, followed by a third from pitcher Ashley Riley's RBI single to make it 4-0. Dani Epling extended the Lady Rockets lead to 5-0 with a RBI fielder's choice in the 3rd, while Clear Fork was unable to generate a single baserunner in that time frame.

Lady Colts head coach Jeff Gottfried didn't feel as though his team came out nervous, but rather saw a dominating performance from Riley. "We weren't tight at all," Gottfried says. "We just ran into a first team all-state pitcher."

Riley entered the game with a sparkling 28-0 record and a gaudy 0.62 ERA to match. She would strike out 10 Clear Fork batters in the game, increasing her season total to a ridiculous 305.

In the top of the 4th, though, sophomore slugger Haylee Miller would crush one out of the park to left to get Clear Fork on the board. It would be the Lady Colts first hit of the game but they wouldn't get another until a 2-out infield single by junior Zara Thomas in the top of the 7th, placing runners at first and second with senior Caitlynn Hilverding at the plate. Riley would induce a ground out to end the game, however, sending the Lady Rockets to their first-ever regional final. 

Clear Fork's season wraps up as district champions at 26-4, while Oak Harbor advances with a 29-1 mark.


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