BATTLE CREEK – Clinton seniors Tierney Nelson, Haley Mercy and Abi Clark finished their four-year varsity careers and fourth trips to Bailey Park with their team’s second-straight Division 3 championship Saturday.
Nelson struck out seven and gave up six hits as the Redskins were outhit 6-5, but made good on their opportunities for three runs in the third inning and another in the fourth.
Junior Cami Prater hit a solo home run for Clinton (43-1), and all three seniors also drove in a run.
Gladstone, making its third championship game appearance in nine seasons, gave up only one earned run and got a combined five strikeouts from junior Alison Austin and sophomore Christine Sharon, who each threw three innings. Senior rightfielder Katie Becker had three hits and senior leftfielder Whitney Wells had two.
Clinton entered the tournament ranked No.1, and Gladstone (30-6-1) was No. 7. Click for a complete box score.
PHOTO: Clinton senior Tierney Nelson prepares to unleash a pitch during Saturday's Division 3 Final.