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Prairie breaks open tight game for 11-1 win

Clinton Prairie waited until the last inning to break open a tie game, burying host Delphi in softball, 11-1, in the process.

The Oracles led 1-0 after a third inning run before the Gophers tied it with a run of their own in the top of the fourth. After walking to start the inning, Shalynn Barnett stole second and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a passed ball.

Following a pitchers’ duel for six innings, the Gophers scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to give them more than enough cushion for the win.

Rebekah Stephens scored Molly Thomas, who started the inning off with a single, with a sacrifice fly to right field for the first run of the inning. Hannah Wilson then drove in courtesy runner Cadyence Rios with a single and Victoria Florence moved Wilson over with another single, with Layne Snyder also reaching base after a sacrifice bunt. Katelyn Ramsey then brought them all home with a grand slam to make it 7-1.

Delphi made a pitching change at that point, but the Gophers continued to bat around with Barnett singling, Hadley Wilson walking and Thomas singling. Cam Cornell drove in two with a double, with Hannah Wilson making it 10-1 with a single two batters later. Maya Rominger scored on a passed ball to make it 11-1 before the final out.

Thomas and Cornell both went 3-4 at the plate, with Thomas scoring a run and Cornell getting two RBIs. Hannah Wilson went 2-2 with two RBIs and a run. Others with hits included Ramsey (with her homer and four RBIs), Barnett, Stephens and Florence.

Rios scored two runs, with Snyder, Ramsey, Barnett, Heaven Watt, Hadley Wilson, Thomas, Hannah Wilson, Florence and Rominger each scoring one.

Stephens got the win pitching all seven innings with no earned runs while giving up two hits and striking out four.

The Gophers improved their record to 4-3 including a three-game winning streak. They host the Clinton Prairie Classic this Saturday, with Frankfort and Clinton Central also participating in the tournament that starts at 9 a.m.