Rain delayed the start of the Clarinda baseball season, but the Cardinals were finally able to take the diamond for the first time Thursday, May 23, at Kuemper Catholic.
However, the Knights built an early lead and made it stand up as Clarinda took a 7-3 loss.
Kuemper Catholic struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Knights then pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second inning and tacked on one more run in the fifth inning.
Clarinda responded by getting on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 6-3. However, the Knights added an insurance run in the home half of the sixth and retired the Cardinals in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
Kam Fulk plated two of the three Clarinda runs in the sixth inning as he finished the game with a double and a single.
Nathan Lindsay, Parker Rock and Sy Young each contributed a single and a run scored. Rock was also credited with driving in the other run of the sixth inning.
Logan Green accounted for the other Clarinda hit of the game.
Jakob Childs got the start on the mound in the season opener and was charged with the loss. Childs struggled with his control as he yielded four earned runs on five walks and one hit in one plus innings of work. He also recorded one strikeout.
Young pitched three and two-thirds innings of relief. He was charged with two earned runs on four hits and two walks, while fanning six.
Jon McCall then recorded the final four outs. He allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out two and walked one.
Clarinda was scheduled to open the season Monday, May 20, at Bedford. However, the game was postponed by rain.