Aces top Golden Eagles in tourney opener

Amanda-Clearcreek batted around and scored five runs in the first inning on Monday on its way to a 9-3 win over visiting Madison-Plains in a Division III Central District sectional semifinal.

Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the first, Carly Singleton worked a walk and was joined on the base pads when Averie Hutchison doubled to center and Haley Robinson was hit by a pitch.

A ground out to second by Megan Tooill drove in Singleton and Alex Martin followed with a double to left that chased home both Hutchison and Robinson to put the Aces ahead to stay.

After a walk to Faith Jewell, Cassadee Steinmetz reached on an error by the first baseman that allowed Martin to dent the plate. Jewell scored the final run of the inning on a passed ball.

The Amanda-Clearcreek softball team opened tournament play on Monday with a 9-3 win over Madison-Plains. Photo courtesy of A-C Athletic Department.

The Aces tacked on two insurance runs in the fourth and scored twice more in the sixth, while the Golden Eagles could only muster a run in the fifth.

Robinson turned in a perfect ledger going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Martin was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored and Singleton went 2-for-3 and scored three times.

Steinmetz scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs in a complete game effort.

The Aces (8-11) host Hamilton Township on Tuesday for a Mid-State League Buckeye Division makeup game before continuing tournament play on Wednesday at Fairbanks (13-11) in a sectional final.

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