Lady Mustangs fall to Clear Springs 7-2

FRIENDSWOOD — The Clear Springs Lady Chargers scattered 13 hits to make easy work of the Friendswood Lady Mustangs, in a 7-2 District 24-6A win.

Clear Springs pitcher Kelly Maxwell racked up eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits in a complete-game win for the Lady Chargers, who improved to 2-1 on the young District 24-6A season.

Shea Smith spotted Clear Springs with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run roundtripper.

Clear Springs came up with some more power in the bottom of the fourth inning as Brittany Crawford hit a solo home run to center field to put the Chargers up 3-0.

Carlie Cumpton followed with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 Clear Springs advantage.

Kaitlyn Pace, Andrea Hern and Kayla Fielder followed with three straight singles, with Fielder’s scoring Pace for a 5-0 lead.

Emily Jackson got the Lady Mustangs on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when she displayed her own power, hitting a solo home run to left field making the score 5-1.

However, the bottom half of the fifth inning was another big one for the Chargers.

Dani Elder, Smith, Crawford, Cumpton and Gabi Roderman reached on five straight hits, including an RBI double from Crawford and an RBI single from Cumpton, putting Clear Springs ahead 7-1.

Friendswood did not go quietly as the first three batters of the seventh inning, Hannah Carpenter, Jackson and Ashley Elliot, reached base.

Jackson, however, got thrown out at second base, and the next batter, pinch hitter Diana Adame, had to settle for a sacrifice fly when her pop up to right-center field was caught, scoring Carpenter.

The next batter walked, but Maxwell slammed the door shut, striking out the last batter to end the game.

Friendswood drops to 1-2 in district.