MACON -- Two of the best pitchers in the area got together between Clinton and Meridian softball and lived up to their billing.

Clinton's Alex Estes and Meridian's Gracie Brookens combined for 28 strikeouts. Brookens took the loss without giving up an earned run, Clinton scoring on an error for the 1-0 win on Friday.

Estes and Brookens went back-and-forth all night, each only allowing two hits and finishing complete games.

Clinton scored its game-winning run in the fourth inning.

"When you have 15 Ks, there's a lot to work on putting the ball in play and striking out less," Meridian coach Greg Streeval said. "Estes is a quality pitcher who throws well, so we knew coming in that it would be a challenge, but we're looking forward to playing them a second time."


Mount Zion 1, Lincoln 0

LINCOLN -- Lincoln starting pitcher Holly Davis went all seven innings. Mount Zion's Ally Bruner entered at the right time to get the win.

Bruner, one of three pitchers Braves coach Greg Blakey used on Friday, pitched two innings and limited Lincoln to one of its four hits.

Mount Zion scored its only run in the sixth.

Dayna Kennedy was 2-for-2 with a double and drove in the winning run.

"I saw some things tonight that I hadn't seen in a while," Blakey said. "The girls were showing fire and fight in them.

"I thought our three pitchers pitched great tonight. That was one thing we were looking for was consistent pitching and all three did a great job."

Davis finished off a complete game three-hitter. She had 11 strikeouts.

Tuscola 17, Warrensburg-Latham 2

WARRENSBURG -- The Warriors hadn't played in over a week, but showed no signs of rust. They improved to 15-1 ahead of their Tuscola Invite today.

"We were a little rusty early," Tuscola coach Lenny Sementi said. "The bats came around as the game moved on. Karli Allen had a great night."

Allen hit three home runs, driving in seven runs. 

Warrensburg and starting pitcher Emily Yeakley feared her. In fact, in one situation they intentionally walked her, but Tuscola's lineup is so stacked that nobody's an easy out. After the walk, Anna Kauffman hit a home run.

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Maddie Meinhold got the win, striking out nine and allowing two runs on three hits while the offense gave her plenty to work with.

Morgan Day homered and had four RBIs. Emma Sementi went 2-for-2.

The Warriors had 14 hits and scored in every inning, including six in the fourth.


Central A&M 10, Sullivan 4

SULLIVAN -- Jordan Miller was dealing on the mound, only facing one more than the minimum through five innings.

And Central A&M's bats kept producing for a total of 14 hits. Keaton Garner, Peyton Lees, Kohlby Ohl, Zach Bugg and Brock Burgener each had two hits.

"He ran into a little trouble in the sixth, but our offense had given him some leeway and he worked through it," Central A&M coach Chad Carroll said. "Jordan is the type of pitcher you want to play behind because he throws strikes and he has this air of confidence. He rarely lets anything get him rattled."

He gave up four runs in the sixth inning, while brought Sullivan much closer. The Redskins trailed only 7-4 entering the seventh.

A&M scored three more runs in the top half of the last inning.

"This was one of our best offensive games all year," Carroll said. "Our first five hitters all had a pair of hits."

Tuscola 19, Warrensburg-Latham 4

WARRENSBURG -- Jaret Heath and Nick Bates had the biggest games, in counting RBIs, but all of the Warriors seemingly got some action.

Tuscola scored 19 runs on 13 hits, led by Heath's 3-for-4 night with six RBIs. Bates was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Dalton Hoel was 3-for-3.

Tuscola packed a big punch early, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings and then landed a knockout blow with seven in the fourth.

"We had five triples tonight and there won't be five triples hit the entire year on our home field," Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. "Dalton set the table well, scoring every plate appearance."

Cole Thomas finished up for Bates on the mound. Bates threw four innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out six.

He left the game after being hit in the arm with a line drive.

Warrensburg starting pitcher Jordan Scrimpsher got pulled quickly. He lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits.

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