The Clio Division 2 softball district turned out to be a good ol’ tri-county rivalry battle.
The Linden varsity softball team captured a D2 district title by defeating the Lake Fenton Blue Devils 7-5 in the championship game of the Clio district.
Both teams won semifinal contests. Linden easily defeated Clio 21-6, while Lake Fenton defeated Powers Catholic 12-1.
The seventh-ranked Eagles advance to the Clio regional, hosted Saturday. Linden plays at noon against Imlay City in one semifinal contest. The winner of that game will play either Essexville Garber and Frankenmuth at aproximately 2 p.m.
The Eagles (32-6) used a three-run third to take the lead for good in the district championship contest against the Blue Devils.
The inning started with a single by Hannah Bollinger and continued with an Emma Mossing double. Haley Ludwig walked and that loaded the bases. Cassie Sylvester followed with an RBI off a booted by the Lake Fenton defense, and Mikayla Timm followed with a two-run single. Linden led 5-2.
The lead grew to 6-2 in the fifth when Timm hit a solo home run. Lake Fenton matched that run in the bottom of the fifth. Macy Phillips doubled and two outs later scored on Camryn McMillan’s RBI-single. The Blue Devils trailed just 6-3.
Linden added its final run in the sixth. Bollinger hit a single that eventually scored Maddie Morse from second base. Linden led 7-2.
The Blue Devils tried to mount a comeback in the seventh. Phillips walked and Addison Fitzgerald hit a two-run home run, but the next three batters went out in order, ending the contest.
Linden scored its first two runs in the top of the first when Morse and Bollinger singled, setting up Mossing’s RBI-double. Bollinger also scored on the throw. Lake Fenton matched those two runs with two of its own runs in the bottom of the first. Kaylie Terburgh walked and Camryn McMillan singled, setting up the threat. Both scored on a Linden infield error off of Caleigh MacNeill’s bat.
Bollinger had three of Linden’s nine hits while Mossing had two doubles. McMillan led Lake Fenton’s offense with two hits.
Timm was the winning pitcher, tossing a six-hitter, while walking two and striking out 11. Camryn McMillan was the losing pitcher for Lake Fenton, allowing nine hits while striking out one.
In the Eagles’ opener, Linden scored three runs in the third inning and scored at least a run an inning the rest of the way to earn the easy win.
The Eagles had 20 hits including two-run home runs by Mossing and Ludwig. Mossing finished with five hits and five RBI while Jordyn Hobson had four hits and four RBI. Morse and Bollinger had three hits each with two of their hits being doubles. Ludwig, Sylvester and Timm had two hits each.
Clio managed just three hits against Linden hurlers Hobson and Ludwig. Hobson tossed 6 1/3 innings of two-run two-hit ball. She also struck out five. Ludwig tossed the final 2/3 innings, allowing one run.
Lake Fenton had 15 hits in its victory against Powers. Terburgh had four hits and drove in three runs during the contest, while McMillan had three hits.
McMillan earned the win, tossing four shutout innings and allowing two hits. She also struck out 10 batters. Alayna White earned the save by tossing the final inning. She allowed a run and two hits while striking out one.