CLARKSTON >> There were some tense moments in the late innings of Saturday’s regional championship as Clarkston’s lead shrunk to a single run with Utica Eisenhower threatening to complete a big comeback.
But after a fifth-inning stumble, Clarkston’s sophomore pitcher Olivia Warrington returned to her dominant ways, shutting down the Eagles’ offense in the sixth and seventh innings to lock up a 4-3 victory for the Wolves.
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Clarkston advanced to Tuesday’s Division 1 quarterfinal where it will take on Walled Lake Northern at 2 p.m. on the campus of Wayne State University. It’s the Wolves’ second trip to the quarterfinals in three seasons.
“It’s really special. I have five freshman and eight sophomores, but they don’t play like it and they don’t act like it,” Peters said of his young team with just one senior in Alex Gladding. “We’re excited. We’ve scrimmaged Walled Lake Northern this year and played them this year. Here we go again.”
Warrington pitched all seven innings against Eisenhower, striking out seven batters and allowing just four hits and one walk. She also homered in the fourth inning to help Clarkston jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Eisenhower got back into the game in the fifth inning with a pair of run-scoring RBI singles by Madylen Zweng and Marissa Cillufo, but left two runners on base when Warrington escaped the jam with the lead intact.
“She did an awesome job, especially after (Eisenhower) got those three runs. I went out there and I actually said, ‘What do…
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