CHS Varsity softball team plays well in  opening loss to Clarke

Layne Braby pitches against Clarke in the CHS Varsity girls’ season opener at Savage Field June 15. The Lady Chargers fell to Clarke, 6-3.

The Chariton Varsity girls softball team played well in a 6-3 loss to Clarke in their season opener at Chariton, June 15.

Five of Clarke’s six runs came in the top of the sixth inning. Chariton received solid pitching from Layne Braby and made most of the routine plays defensively and kept Clarke off the scoreboard mainly except for the sixth inning.

“I thought we did a good job for our first game. We did a good job of trying to get lead runners. We just need to cut down on strikeouts and to put the ball in play,” Chariton Head Coach Deb Seuferer said.

The game was scoreless through the first three innings. Clarke scored their first run in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the top of the sixth when the Lady Indians reeled off five more runs to increase their lead to 6-0.

Chariton rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 6-3 but they couldn’t get any closer.

Braby pitched the whole game and took the loss on the mound. In seven innings she gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits while striking out none and walking four. Chariton committed five errors defensively.

Chariton had three hits, three RBIs and two walks at the plate. They also had 14 strikeouts. First baseman Mckenzie Snook went 1-3 with a single and an RBI. Left fielder Savannah Williams went 1-3 with a single and two RBIs. Second baseman Riley Mackey went 1-3 with a single.

Center fielder Haddon Anderson went 0-3. Shortstop Abby Doran went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk. Catcher Addie McGee went 0-3 with a run scored. Braby went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk. Right fielder Brenna Shriver went 0-3. Third baseman Peyton Ruble went 0-3. Hannah Schlutz played as a pinch runner.

Read the June 23, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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