Prep softball: Strong leads Clearfield over Roy
Roy • The two biggest collisions in Clearfield's 12-9 softball victory over Roy on Wednesday came from Kelsey Strong's feet and her bat.
The first was in the fourth inning where the junior third baseman found herself at second after crushing a hit to right for the stand-up double. With pitcher Bailey Douglas helping her cause by driving a base hit into right field, Strong exploded and came screaming home. With the ball being relayed to home plate, Strong lowered her shoulder and slid in for the run.
"I knew I could beat the tag," Strong said. "It was about having the confidence to play smart ball and score runs."
Her second mighty collision was with her bat in the following inning when she drove the ball through center field for a three-run home run. Douglas said that Strong has been playing this way all yeartough, gritty and determined.
"I knew that ball was going to clear the second I heard that crack," Douglas said. "Kelsey has been playing with a lot of focus and brings it for us."
Confidence might have been something the Falcons were missing on Wednesday after suffering their first loss of the year to East the day before. Coach Nicole Tindall commented that she wanted her players to regroup after the tough loss and move forward with the season.
"It's huge to see how mental tough they are," Tindall said. "I wanted to see if they were going to die down or come back. And they came back big with their hitting today."
With home runs from Strong and catcher Lexi Andersen, the Falcons racked up 15 hits, with five doubles and a triple.
"They swung the bat really well today," Tindall said. "It was good to see that they were able to settle in and come away with the W."
Douglas was efficient from mound through the fourth inning, with two K's and one walk. She collected the Falcons last three outs, including a double play.
"It's good to know that Bailey can get it done in the circle and at the plate."
• Roy's Abby Kennedy hit a three-run home run in the seventh to threaten Clearfield's lead.
• Pitcher Bailey Douglas goes 4 for 5 at the plate with a double. She also has two strikeouts and only one walk.
• Kelsey Strong is forced to leave in the 5th after a line drive hit her right wrist.