Clarinda baseball season ends at districts

Clarinda Michael Shull lays down a bunt during a recent Clarinda game.   (photo by Joe Moore)

Clarinda wrapped up its regular season schedule with an overall record of 11-15 after suffering narrow losses to Underwood and Atlantic last week.

The Cardinals lost 6-2 Tuesday, July 16 in the district semifinals against Underwood  at Treynor. Results of that game were not available at press time. The district finals at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Treynor.

In a preview of the district semifinal, Clarinda played its final home game of the season Monday, July 8, against Underwood. The Eagles slipped past the Cardinals 14-12 in nine innings.

Clarinda struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the contest at 12 and force extra innings. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Eagles produced two runs in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference.

Underwood opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. Clarinda responded with one run in the home half of the frame and then went ahead 4-2 in the second inning.

The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the third. However, Underwood exploded for 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning to vault in front 12-6. Clarinda got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning before tying the score in the seventh inning.

Cooper Neal spearheaded the Clarinda offensive attack as he drove in three runs on a single and a double. He also scored one run.

William Shull also delivered a single and a double as he collected two runs batted in (RBIs). He also provided one stolen base and scored twice for the Cardinals.

Logan Green collected a pair of base hits to go along with one RBI and one run scored. Kam Fulk chipped in with a double and a run scored.

Parker Rock and Michael Shull were each credited with one hit, one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored. Sy Young drove in one run on one hit.

Tadyn Brown and Wyatt Schmitt each tacked on one hit and two runs scored. Jon McCall also scored one run for the Cardinals.

Kam Fulk started the game for Clarinda and tossed three and two-thirds innings. He allowed 11 runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks. He also picked up one strikeout.

Young then came on to pitch the final five and one-third innings. He limited the Eagles to three earned runs on six hits and three walks, but was charged with the loss. Young also collected four strikeouts.

Clarinda then traveled to Atlantic Thursday, July 11, for its regular season finale. However, the Trojans held off the Cardinals 3-2.

The Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Atlantic responded with two runs in the bottom of fourth inning and tacked on a critical insurance run in the sixth inning.

Trailing 3-1, the Cardinals were able to plate one run in the top of the seventh inning before the Trojans were able to retire the side preserve the victory.

Neal doubled and plated a run as well as sweeping one bag to help pace Clarinda. Rock singled and drove home the other Clarinda run.

Michael Shull collected two hits and two stolen bases as he scored one run. Jakob Childs also crossed the plate to score the other run.

Green picked up a single to account for the other of the five hits the Cardinals had on the night. Brown was also credited with one of the four stolen bases for the Cardinals on the night.

Schmitt was on the mound to start the game for Clarinda and pitched three innings. He limited Atlantic to one earned run on four hits, but was charged with the loss. He also notched five strikeouts.

Childs came on in relief to work the final three innings. He allowed one unearned run on only two hits. He retired three batters on strikes and only issued one walk.

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