Indians one step away from returning to state

Clarksville left fielder Kylie Smith makes a catch against BGM on Friday, July 6 at home in the Class 1A Region 3 semifinal in which the Indians won, 2-0. (Kristi Nixon photo)

CLARKSVILLE — A year ago, Ainsley Lovrien was just hitting for Clarksville’s state runner-up team.

 

Now a sophomore, she fields the third base position well, too.

 

And on Friday, July 6, she collected the first hit and scored the only run Clarksville really needed in a 2-0 win over BGM to advance to the Class 1A Region 3 final to be held on Monday, July 9.

 

“It’s amazing because last year I only hit and now I play and hit,” Lovrien said. “It’s amazing, my dream come true.”

 

Both Lovrien and head coach Katie Wedeking remarked on the different wind-up and speed that the Bears' Kaylee Lint brought.

 

“They knew going in that she had a different wind-up and she was going to be quicker but I think they came ready to play,” coach Wedeking said, “and the score doesn’t look like it, but I thought we had some really good hits, the outfield just caught them. 

 

“(Ainsley) hitting up the middle is always nice and Bailey coming in and getting that blooper hit was nice and having the middle of the lineup be the ones that score.”

 
The full story will appear in the July 12 print edition of the Clarksville Star.