CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake softball team has hit what coach Austin Peterson described as a “lull” in the offense over the past couple of games, and that continued on Tuesday against Mason City.
That is, until the seventh inning.
The Mohawks built a 6-1 lead and appeared ready to coast to a victory, but the Lion offense came to life with six consecutive singles that scored six runs as Clear Lake pulled out an unlikely 7-6 win over Mason City.
“We just hadn’t been able to string hits together,” Peterson said. “I told them that Rachel (Thornton) has pitched well enough to win this game so we need to go out and win it for her.”
Entering the bottom of the seventh, Clear Lake had just one hit on the evening, but after a walk to Kayla Ritter, Macy Mixdorf singled.
Following a pop out, the flood gates opened as Mallory Leisure, Kaylee Nosbisch, Sara Faber, Julia Merfeld and Chloe Mueller followed with consecutive singles to tie the score at six.
With a solid rain starting to pelt the field, Rachel Barillas added one more single to plate Merfeld and end the game.
For Mason City, the loss was particularly tough, particularly on the heels of a solid performance that saw the Mohawks take two of three games in a weekend tournament at Spirit Lake.
The Mohawks had six hits and took advantage of five Clear Lake errors, but Mason City was unable to build on its run total after the third inning.
For Clear Lake, the victory snapped a three-game losing streak in which the Lion offense managed only eight runs.
Thus far, the Lions’ season has been reminiscent of a year ago when the Lions also got off to a rocky start but then put things together over the middle part of the season.
For Peterson and the Lions, the hope is there that a come-from-behind win will springboard Clear Lake to a similar run.