ADAMS TOWNSHIP — For the first time in Clinton County history, a high school softball team will take a 22-0 record into the sectional tournament.
The Clinton-Massie juggernaut completed its unbeaten regular season Saturday with an 11-0 win over Wilmington in a South Central Ohio League game at the CM diamond.
The Lady Falcons, winners of the last three SCOL titles, wrapped up a 14-0 league season on the strength of a no-hitter by freshman pitcher Taylor Florea.
“At the beginning of the season, I never thought ‘We’re going to finish perfect’,” said senior Emilie Fisher.
But they did.
“After we concluded last season with that tough loss at West Carrollton in the district championship, we had three goals,” head coach Andy Lauer said. “The first goal was to win league. The second goal was to go undefeated. And the third goal was to win a district championship. We’ve accomplished two of them. It’s a good team, from top to bottom. I knew, and we knew, we had the potential to go … who knows (how far).”
Wilmington completes its regular season with a 3-11 SCOL mark and a 6-18 record overall.
“Clinton-Massie is very solid at every position, on offense and defense,” WHS coach Glen Blessing said. “Florea has brought them up to another level. They are definitely built to make a deep postseason run. We wish them the best of luck.”
The game originally started April 22 but was halted in the second inning by a thunderstorm.
When the two teams reconvened Saturday, Jessica Asher started things innocently enough with a base on balls. Taylor Flanigan followed with a hit but then Wilmington recorded two outs on a pair of fielder’s choice plays.
Even though the bottom of the Massie order was coming to the plate and it seemed Wilmington might wiggle off the hook without allowing a run, the two-out hit parade was just beginning for the Lady Falcons.
Madilyn Newton singled, Florea singled to knock in two runs. Fisher singled home a run. Kelsey Carter kept the inning alive with another hit. Caitlyn Robinson then hit a rocket to right for a double that scored two runs to make it 6-0.
“I truly believe hitting is contagious,” Flanigan said after the game.
Newton swatted a long, three-run homerun to left-centerfield in the third to make it 9-0. In the fourth inning, Hailey Clayborn drove in a run and Claire Carruthers took advantage of an infield misplay by WHS to scored an unearned run and put a cap on the 11-0 triumph.
May 7, 2016
@Clinton-Massie High School
Clinton-Massie 11 Wilmington 0
(0) WILMINGTON (ab-r-h-rbi) Toller 2-0-0-0 Bair 2-0-0-0 Smart 2-0-0-0 Fisher 2-0-0-0 Johns 2-0-0-0 Hensley 1-0-0-0 Chase 0-0-0-0 Self 2-0-0-0 Keaton 1-0-0-0 Flint 0-0-0-0 McClaskie 2-0-0-0. TOTALS 16-0-0-0
(11) CLINTON-MASSIE (ab-r-h-rbi) Fisher 3-1-1-1 Carter 3-1-1-0 Robinson 3-0-2-2 Asher 2-1-0-0 Flanigan 3-0-1-0 Carruthers 2-3-1-0 Newton 3-2-2-3 Florea 2-0-1-2 Tyler Neace 0-1-0-0. TOTALS 24-11-11-9
2B: CM-Robinson, Clayborn
SB: CM-Tyler Neace, Newton
Bair (L) 2.1-9-9-9-1-0
Florea (W, 16-0) 5-0-0-0-2-6
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.