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Turning on the pitch for Clarinda is Madalyne Gray Monday, June 27, at Red Oak. Gray collected a base hit and drove in a run for the Cardinals in the game, but the Tigers still emerged with a 12-2 victory. (Herald-Journal photo by Joe Moore)

Clarinda wrapped up its regular season schedule Thursday, June 30, with a doubleheader at Council Bluffs St. Albert. The Cardinals put up a good fight before ultimately dropping both games of the twin bill to the Saintes.

St. Albert took the opening game of the night 10-3. The Saintes then held off Clarinda 12-8 in the night cap to polish off the sweep. As a result, the Cardinals slipped to 2-30 overall on the regular season.

The Cardinals took the early lead in the first game at St. Albert Thursday with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. However, the Saintes countered with four runs in the bottom of the third inning and extended the lead to 7-2 in the fourth inning.

The Saintes also scored each of the next two innings to widen the margin to 10-2. Clarinda manufactured a final run in the top of the seventh inning.

Lexie Haer led the Cardinals offensive attack with a double and a run scored. Addy Shane followed with a single, two stolen bases and one run scored.

Madalynne Gray was credited with a run batted in (RBI), while Maddie Hartley collected the other Clarinda hit and added a stolen base. Brett Samuelson also crossed the plate once in the game.

Brianna Hayes and Bradlie Wilmes chipped in with two stolen bases apiece. Brooke Brown also swiped a bag as Clarinda recorded eight stolen bases in the contest.

Gray was the starting pitcher for Clarinda and took the loss. She allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work and struck out two. Aziah Smalley tossed the final inning and held the Saintes hitless.

Just as they did in the first game, the Cardinals claimed the initial lead in the second contest with two runs in the third inning. St. Albert answered with four runs in the home half of the frame. The Saintes tacked on one more run in the fourth.

Clarinda rallied in the top of the fifth with three runs to tie the game at 5, only to see the Saintes surge back in front with six runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. St. Albert tacked on one more in the sixth.

Trailing 12-5, the Cardinals attempted to mount a dramatic comeback in the top of the seventh inning. Clarinda pushed across three runs before St. Albert recorded the final out.

The Cardinals accumulated 10 hits in the game. Samuelson delivered a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. She also scored two runs in the game.

Hartley and Chandler Strough each delivered two hits and one RBI. Hartley also came around to score once. Hayes also picked up two hits to go along with a stolen base and a run scored.

Haer tallied a double in the game, while Brown provided a single as well as one RBI and one run scored. Clarinda also received two runs scored from Bryn Morgenstern and one run from Wilmes. Morgenstern and Wilmes also had a stolen base apiece in the game.

Smalley went the distance, but was charged with the loss despite allowing only two earned runs in her six innings of work. She also surrendered 10 hits and six walks, while fanning four hitters.

Clarinda played its first game in the Mount Ayr Classic Wednesday, June 29, and dropped a narrow 3-0 decision to Lenox. The Cardinals were also scheduled to play in the tournament Saturday, July 2, but those games were cancelled due to rain.

The Tigers scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to come away with the win Wednesday. On the other side, Clarinda was held hitless in the game. Brown and Gray each reached base on walks to break up the perfect game.

Gray was in the circle for the Cardinals. She held Lenox to two earned runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. She also struck out four Tigers.

The Cardinals played their final home game of the season Tuesday, June 28, when Clarinda hosted Shenandoah. The Fillies spoiled the night with an 8-3 win.

Shenandoah struck for two runs in the top of the first inning and pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third. In the bottom of the frame, the Cardinals got on the scoreboard with a lone run.

The Fillies picked up three more runs in the top of the sixth inning and tacked on two more in the seventh. Still, Clarinda refused to go down without a fight as the Cardinals produced two runs in their final trip to the plate.

Haer anchored the Clarinda attack with a pair of singles and two RBIs. Strough added a double and drove in the other run for the Cardinals.

Brown finished with a single and a run scored. Also scoring runs for Clarinda were Maddy Clark and Bailey Drennen.

Collecting the other three Clarinda hits in the game were Hartley, Hayes and Gray.

On the mound, Gray was charged with the loss despite holding Shenandoah to four earned runs on four hits over seven innings. However, she struggled with her control as she yielded eight walk and struck out four.

Clarinda opened the week with a trip to Red Oak Monday, June 27, and suffered a 12-2 loss to the Tigers in five innings.

Red Oak scored in all but one inning, including striking for five runs in the third inning, to end the game in accordance with the 10-run rule. Clarinda scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning.

Drennen tripled to plate one of the Clarinda runs, while Gray brought home the other run with a base hit. Samuelson and Wilmes, who entered the game as a courtesy runner, dented the plate with the two Clarinda runs.

Haer also proved a single and a stolen base against the Tigers.

Gray started the game and took the loss as she surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits over four and two-thirds innings. Gray also walked four and struck out three hitters.

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