Lebanon Reporter

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April 11, 2014

Stars top Eagles in season opener

It was more than two weeks after it was supposed to happen, but the Western Boone softball team got its season underway Thursday evening when they faced cross-county rival Zionsville.

The Stars came out on top in the game, 7-4.

"Zionsville is always a strong program and team," Western Boone head coach Mike Vanderpool said. "We were just anxious to get out and play. I was really happy with what I saw. Our pitchers complimented each other. Casey (Clanton) started a did a good job and they started timing her and we brought it Paige (Poole) and she did a great job."

For Zionsville, it was a third-straight loss, dropping the Eagles record to 1-4 on the season.

Head coach Lori Esparza said despite the losses, her team is getting better.

"We have a lot of young kids and they are making strides every inning," Zionsville head coach Lori Esparza said. "They aren't maybe as big as they are hoping for each game, but we are making baby steps in the right direction."

Western Boone scored in the top of the first inning.

Lydia Climer was hit by a pitch and Savannah Bealmear singled to put two-on with no outs. Taylor Vanderpool hit a grounder and the Eagles tried to get Climer at third, but she slid in safely before the throw got there. Paige Poole followed with a walk that forced in Climer to make it 1-0.

Neither team did anything in the next two innings. After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the fourth, the Stars added to their lead.

Casey Clanton singled with one out. Bridget Wiley and Julia Hole followed with walks that loaded the bases. Climer and Bealmear followed with back-to-back fielders choices to that scored runners to make it 3-0.

For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.

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