May 4—MANSON — The Western Boone softball ended a five-game losing streak on Monday night, topping Clinton Prairie 5-0.
The visiting Stars jumped to a lead in the top of the first inning, and never looked back, improving to 9-6 on the year.
"It feels good to get this win," Western Boone head coach Mike Vanderpool said. "We have had a tough last week and a half, facing some top schools. We still have some things to improve on, but getting back on the winning side was a positive. Clinton Prairie is a solid team, they just won their county tournament beating Frankfort, and this was a good win for us."
During the Stars five-game losing streak, in which they face four ranked teams and 4A McCutcheon, they only managed one run on 15 hits, and had gone 25 innings without scoring a run.
The Stars changed that early Monday, when Jozzy Lewis singled to lead-off the game and scored two batters later on a Hannah Redlin ground out.
Emily Conyer made it 2-0 in the third with an RBI-single, before an RBI-double by Redlin made it 3-0 in the fourth.
The Stars put the game away for good in the seventh, putting two on with no outs, and scoring on a Mya Fisher ground out and an RBI-single from Gabby Lewis.
Western Boone had nine hits in the game, with Conyer going 3-for-4 and Gabby Lewis going 2-for-4.
"It was good to get the bats going," Vanderpool said. "It took a little longer than I thought to get them going — I thought we could have added on early. But we made adjustments in their at bats and started having more success in the later innings."
The five runs was more than enough run support for Redlin, who was sharp on Monday evening.
The senior pitcher allowed just two hits and three walks, striking out nine.
It was the first shut out of the season for the Stars, and first in the program since the 2018 sectional final.
"Hannah has been pitching well," Vanderpool said. "The past week and a half has just been tough with the competition we were facing. Hannah needed this. She has been pitching great, and did again tonight."
The Stars are scheduled to have a busy week, facing Crawfordsville Tuesday and Wednesday, before traveling to Zionsville on Friday.
With 11 games left in the season until the sectional, Vanderpool said the Stars have to use wins like Monday night to build momentum into the end of the season.
"We talked last week about cutting the season in half," Vanderpool said. "We finished the first half of the season 8-6, and tonight started a new season. Hopefully we can get some more wins this week after tonight, keep getting better and improving."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.