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Racing in to field the ball on the hop is Clarinda outfielder Cooper Neal Thursday, June 6, against Harlan. The Cyclones won both games of the doubleheader. However, the Cardinals collected two road wins last week as they defeated Red Oak 8-0 Tuesday, June 4, and pulled out a 4-2 win Friday, June 7, at Council Bluffs St. Albert. With the two wins, Clarinda improved to 3-7 on the season. (Herald-Journal photo by Joe Moore)

Clarinda dove into conference play with four games against Hawkeye 10 opponents and came away with two wins.

The Cardinals earned their third win of the season Friday, June 7, at Council Bluffs St. Albert as Clarinda pulled out a 4-2 win over the Falcons.

With the game tied at 2 in the top of the seventh inning, the Cardinals pushed across two runs to claim the win. Clarinda opened the scoring with a run in the top of the second inning, but St. Albert tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Both teams collected a lone run in the sixth inning to set the stage for the dramatic finish.

Wyatt Schmitt got the start for the Cardinals and went six innings to earn the victory. He limited the Falcons to two earned runs on three hits and three walks. He also fanned two.

Cooper Neal came on collect the save as he shut down St. Albert in the bottom of the seventh inning. Neal issued one hit and one walk, but was able to work out of the potential jam.

Sy Young helped spark the Clarinda offense with a double, a run batted in (RBI) and one run scored. Jakob Childs and William Shull also delivered a single and one RBI in the game.

Parker Rock collected a single and a double, while Logan Green singled to account for the other Clarinda hit. Schmitt chipped in with two runs scored and a stolen base. Neal also crossed the plate once.

Clarinda opened the week Tuesday, June 4, at Red Oak. The Cardinals steadily pulled away from the Tigers for an 8-0 victory.

The Cardinals struck for a single run in the top of the second inning. They added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to extend the advantage to 5-0. Clarinda then sealed the win with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, Childs limited the Tigers to two hits as he went the distance for the win. Childs also turned in eight strikeouts against two walks.

At the plate, Clarinda collected nine hits at Red Oak. Childs helped his own cause in a big way was he delivered three hits and drove in four runs.

Young scored four runs for the Cardinals on the strength of two hits and one stolen base. Green also collected two hits, two runs scored and one run batted in (RBI). Nathan Lindsay was also credited with two RBIs.

Rock and Shull accounted for the other two Clarinda hits. Shull added one run scored.

Serving as a courtesy runner, Schmitt created plenty of havoc for the Cardinals on the base paths as he stole four bases against Red Oak. Tadyn Brown reached base on two walks, stole two bases and scored one run.

After a day off, Clarinda hosted a twin bill Thursday, June 6, against Harlan. The Cyclones won the opening game 12-2 in five innings and added a 5-1 win in the second game to complete the sweep.

Harlan scored in each inning, including six in the bottom of the fifth inning, to end the first game of the night by the 10-run rule. The Cyclones hung single runs in the first two frames and tacked on a pair of runs in the third inning.

Clarinda scored both its runs in the top of the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 4-2. However, Harlan answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame to make the score 6-2.

Shull turned in a double and drove in one run for Clarinda. Green was also credited with one RBI to go with a single.

Childs collected a pair of hits, while Lindsay joined Shull with a double. Kam Fulk and Jon McCall scored the two runs.

Young got the start on the hill and was charged with the loss as he pitched four innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three.

Rock came on to start the fifth inning and posted the first two outs. He was charged with two runs, one earned, on two hits. Rock also retired one batter on strikes and walked one.

Jarod McNeese tossed the final one-third of an inning and yielded four earned runs. He issued four walks.

Harlan added a 5-1 win in the second game. The Cyclones jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Clarinda cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning as Schmitt doubled and then scored on a hit by Childs. Childs finished the game with three hits including a double.

Harlan battled back with a run in the home half of the frame. The Cyclones then added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Rock chipped in with two hits and a stolen base. Green also picked up a hit.

McCall took the loss as he pitched the first two and two-thirds innings. He only allowed three hits, but also walked four as he allowed three earned runs.

Lindsay came on to finish the contest. He went four and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run on two hits. Lindsay also fanned four against three walks.

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