Clarinda received the second seed and a first round bye in the Class 2A District 15 playoffs according to the pairings released last week by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
The Cardinals will start the postseason with a district semifinal game at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Treynor. Clarinda will play the winner of a July 13 game between Underwood and Shenandoah.
Meanwhile, Treynor will play the winner of a July 13 game between Red Oak and Tri-Center at 7 p.m. July 16 at Treynor in the other district semifinal. The winners of the two semifinal games will then meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Treynor for the district title.
Clarinda earned its 10th win of the season Tuesday, June 25, at Shenandoah. The Cardinals pulled away from the Mustangs for a 9-3 victory.
The Cardinals started the scoring with three runs in the top of the second inning, but Shenandoah tied the game in the bottom of the third. Clarinda regained a 6-3 advantage in the top of the fourth inning.
Clarinda increased the lead to 7-3 in the fifth inning. The Cardinals then sealed the win with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Michael Shull spearheaded the Clarinda attack with a home run and two runs batted in (RBIs). He also delivered two stolen bases and one run scored.
Nathan Lindsay also delivered a dinger for the Cardinals as he finished with one RBI and two runs scored.
Parker Rock plated two runs on one hit and swiped one bag. Logan Green added a double and a triple as he drove in one run and scored twice.
Sy Young reached base on two walks, stole two bases and scored two runs. Kam Fulk was credited with one RBI, while William Shull tacked on one run scored.
Wyatt Schmitt picked up his team-leading third win of the season as he went four innings. He limited the Mustangs to three earned runs on two hits and four walks, while posting five strikeouts.
Cooper Neal pitched the final three innings. She held Shenandoah scoreless on two hits and fanned three without walking anyone.
Clarinda returned to the diamond Thursday, June 27, as the Cardinals hosted Council Bluffs St. Albert. However, the Falcons emerged with a slim 2-0 victory.
St. Albert produced a single run in the top of the first innings. The Falcons then tacked on their second run in the fifth inning.
Tadyn Brown collected the lone hit of the night for Clarinda. Rock and Michael Shull also reached base on via the walk.
Jakob Childs took the baseball against the Falcons and suffered the loss. He worked six innings giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks. He also posted four strikeouts.
Neal pitched the final inning. He held St. Albert hitless, but issued one walk to go along with one strikeout.
Clarinda opened the week with a 15-5 home loss Monday, June 24, against Red Oak in five innings.
The Tigers edged in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning, but the Cardinals answered with two runs in the home half of the frame to claim their only lead of the contest. Red Oak tied the game in the top of the second inning and then put up four runs in the third inning.
Clarinda cut the deficit to 6-5 with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, Red Oak erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning to end the game by the 10-run rule.
Green did the damage for the Cardinals as the plate as he tallied a single and a double on his way to driving in four of the five Clarinda runs. He also scored the other run.
Michael Shull drove in Green as he finished with one hit and one stolen base. Neal added a single and two runs scored. William Shull and Young scored the other two Clarinda runs.
Michael Shull was charged with the loss on the mound as he pitched two plus innings allowing six runs, three earned, on four hits. He also walked four and struck out three.
Young tossed two and two-thirds innings of relief. He was touched up for six earned runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning two.
Rock came on to record the final two outs. He was charged with three earned runs on three hits and one walk.