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Columbiana built a seven-run lead in the sixth inning and then held off Salem’s charge for a 7-5 victory on Saturday. Salem scored five runs in the failed comeback on a walk by Rylie Troy, a error during Chase Toy’s at bat, a single by Dorothy Moore, and a single by Mack Zumbar.

Salem scored five runs in the sixth inning, but the Clippers still managed to pull out the victory. Salem offense in the inning was led by Troy, Toy, Moore, and Zumbar, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

The Clippers fired up the offense in the first inning, when Tori Long’s sac fly scored one run.

The Clippers put up three runs in the fourth inning. Julia Rapp and Long all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Long earned the win for the Clippers. The righthander went five innings, allowing zero runs on one hit, striking out 11 and walking one. Ava Davanzo and Mackenzi Gamble entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Gamble recorded the last three outs to earn the save.

Troy took the loss for Salem. The hurler allowed 15 hits and seven runs over seven innings, striking out five.

Columbiana collected 15 hits. Gamble, Rapp, Maci Linhart, and Maria Malcomson all had multiple hits for Clippers. Linhart, Rapp, and Gamble all had three hits to lead.

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