Amboy sprinted out to a huge lead and hung on to post a thrilling 9-8 victory over Ashton-Franklin Center in varsity softball action on April 23 at Ashton.
AHS was fast out of the gate, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. The Lady Clippers added three more in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead.
AFC got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the third, but Amboy responded with two more runs of its own in the fourth to go in front, 9-2.
The game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when AFC began its comeback. The Lady Raiders scored twice in the sixth to forge closer, and then pushed across four runs in the bottom of the seventh before Amboy got the final out and escaped with the win.
Amboy’s struggling offense came alive as Karlee Doege delivered a home run, a single and four RBI. Destinee Oenes was perfect at the plate with three singles, while Kaitlyn Liebing laced a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
Doege was the winning pitcher, allowed seven hits, striking out nine and walking four.
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Amboy came back to snag a 4-3 win at Princeton on April 25.
The Lady Clippers were down 3-1 heading to the sixth when they scored three runs to take the lead for good.
Doege had a pair of singles to lead AHS, while Sydney Wilhem doubled and drove in two runs. Hannah McCoy added a single and an RBI.
Doege was in the circle and got the hard-earned win. She allowed 10 hits, walked four and struck out eight.