LEAGUE CITY – Clear Springs used a three-run third inning to capture a lead, then held off a late rally in the sixth inning by the Wildcats as the Chargers topped Clear Creek, 5-4, in softball.

Tied at 1-all in the third inning, Springs capitalized on errors by the Wildcats and timely hitting to score three runs and grab a 4-1 lead. The scoring began when Creek second baseman Vanessa Gonzalez mishandled a ball in play, allowing courtesy runner Haley Hardy to advance to second and Kayla Fielder to reach first.

Then Springs’ Andrea Hern slapped a pitch back to pitcher Kelsi Adams, who tossed it over the head third baseman Madison Wadyka. Hardy and Fielder crossed home, and Hern reached third on the error. Macey Brown finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly to score Hern.

The Chargers added another run in the fifth, when left fielder Kaitlyn Pace doubled to left, then advanced to third on a single by Carlie Cumpton. Dani Elder drove Pace home on a double to left, giving Springs a 5-1 lead.

The Wildcats’ bats remained quiet until the top of the sixth. A bases-loaded walk by Brittany Crowler cut Springs’ lead to 5-2.

Then, with two outs, Madison Wadyka and Crowler scored on a passed ball, slicing the lead to a lone run at the inning’s end.

But Springs starter Cumpton made sure the Wildcats got no closer.

In the seventh, Cumpton forced the Wildcats batters into three straight groundouts to notch the complete game win.

Springs improves to 1-1 in District 24-5A; Creek drops to 0-2 in district play.

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