SHEFFIELD TWP. — With All-Ohio pitcher Sarah Kaya back, Clearview entered this season expecting lots of strikeouts and low-scoring games as it makes a run at a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title and postseason success.
Thursday afternoon the Clippers got just what they expected from Kaya, a contender for the Lorain County Miss Softball award.
But that’s not all they got.
They also got a powerful showing from their offense in a 19-3 mercy-rule win over Brookside (1-2, 0-2 PAC) in a conference crossover game played in sunny but windy — gusts over 30 mph — conditions.
Sure, Kaya did her thing, allowing just four hits while striking out 10 and walking only two.
But it was the offense that took the spotlight. Ten of 12 batters got hits for the Clippers (3-0, 3-0), including three by Kaya.
Chelsea Kincer banged out four hits, Sarah Stombol three and Niki Roush and Elizabeth Janis had two each. And most were clutch hits, with Roush and Janis getting four runs batted in each and Kaya and Stombol driving in three each.
And power? Janis and Roush ripped long, fence-clearing home runs.
It was the first career homer for each player.
“It felt so good,” said Janis, a junior catcher. “I’ve been aspiring to get one for the past two seasons. The pitch was low and outside and I really liked it.”
Hers was a solo blast over the fence in right-center in the first inning as Clearview jumped out to a 4-1 lead and had 11 runs by the third inning. The Clippers capped off the mercy-rule win with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Roush’s blast was a three-run shot to right-center in the third inning.
“The wind probably helped a little,” the senior left fielder said. “The pitch was low, which is my favorite pitch to hit. While running down the first base line, I watched the ball go over the fence.”
“We played well,” Clearview coach Denny Myers said. “The girls came to hit today. There were some bloopers that fell — helped by the wind — but overall I don’t think it was a major factor. We’re excited about our chances this season even though we play in one of the strongest conferences in Ohio.”
Donald Metcalf, in his first season coaching Brookside, also didn’t think the wind had much of an effect on the game.
“Clearview came out and really hit the ball, he said. “Our girls just didn’t show up today.”
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.