Regional softball pairings have been announced by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Clarinda was assigned to Class 2A Region 2 and will battle West Central Valley in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cardinals and Wildcats will square off at 7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Stuart. The winner will then play Treynor the next night, July 3, at 7 p.m. at Treynor. The regional semifinals will be played Friday, July 6, at Treynor with the finals set for Monday, July 9.
Clarinda opened its second to last week of the season with a home doubleheader Monday, June 18, against Creston. The Cardinals took the Panthers to extra innings before suffering a narrow 11-10 loss to the Panthers in the second game.
Creston took the early lead with four runs in the top of the fourth inning and added a single run in the third inning. Clarinda tied the game with five runs in its half of the third inning.
The Panthers promptly scored three runs in the fourth inning and tacked on one more run in the fifth inning. After cutting the lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cardinals managed to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After a scoreless eighth inning for both teams, Creston pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Clarinda managed to score once in the home half of the frame, but was not able to bring in the tying run.
Aziah Smalley went the distance and was charged with the hard fought loss. She allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits and struck out two.
Addison Shane powered the offensive surge for Clarinda with four hits, including one double, and drove in three runs. She also scored twice.
Hallee Fine added a single and a double as she recorded two runs batted in (RBI) and scored one run. Bailey Drennen also turned in a double and a single as she plated one run and scored two runs.
Coryl Matheny posted two hits, including a double, to go along with one RBI and scored once. Brett Samuelson followed with a pair of singles and crossed the plate twice.
Makayla Fichter drove in one run on one hit and scored one run. Aliyah St. Romain singled against the Panthers, while Madolyn Clark scored one run.
In the opening game of the doubleheader Monday, Creston posted a 12-2 win in five innings. Although the game was in Clarinda, the Panthers were designated as the home team since rain postponed an earlier game between the two teams at Creston.
The Panthers seized control of the game with eight runs in the second inning, while Clarinda scored both its runs in the fifth inning.
Shane finished with a single and plated both the Clarinda runs. Clark and Brianna Hayes scored the two runs. Clark added a single and a stolen base, while Hayes also swiped one bag.
St. Romain accounted for the other Clarinda hit of the game.
Smalley suffered the loss as she yielded eight earned runs on nine hits and four walks over four and one-third innings.
Clarinda returned to action Tuesday, June 19, with a home game against Glenwood. The Rams came away with a 7-1 win in the contest.
Glenwood opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning and stretched the lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning. Clarinda pushed across a lone run in the sixth inning, but the Rams answered with two insurance runs in the seventh inning.
Shane singled and scored the Clarinda run. Drennen was credited with the RBI.
Fine and Smalley each singled in the game to account for the other two Clarinda hits. Maddie Sunderman also provided a stolen base for the Cardinals.
Smalley went seven innings and was charged with two earned runs on seven hits. She also walked three and struck out one batter.
Clarinda concluded the week by hosting a doubleheader Thursday, June 21, against Lewis Central. The Titans won both games by scores of 10-0 and 15-3.
In the opening game of the night, the Titans scored once in the first inning and added five runs in the second inning. Lewis Central stretched the lead to 8-0 in the third and ended the game with two runs in the fifth inning.
Clarinda had four hits in the game including a triple by Shane. Clark, Samuelson and St. Romain each singled. Clark also posted one stolen base.
Smalley was charged with the loss as she allowed eight earned runs on nine hits over five innings. She also fanned one.
In the night cap, the Cardinals took the early lead with a run in the first inning. Lewis Central tied the game in the third and went ahead 4-1 in the fourth.
The Cardinals cut the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but could get no closer. Lewis Central scored in each of the last three innings and capped of the victory with six runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Smalley was on the short end of the decision as she surrendered 10 earned runs on 15 hits and three walks.
St. Romain singled and plated two runs for Clarinda. Shane turned in a single and one RBI.
Matheny singled twice in the game to go along with a stolen base and a run scored. Fichter picked up one hit, while Fine and Drennen each scored once.