Clarinda will travel to Logan Magnolia Monday, July 8, to face the Panthers at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Class 2A Region 3 softball playoffs.
“They are about .500 right now, so it should be a pretty even matchup going into that one,” Clarinda coach Seth Allbaugh said.
The winner of the opening round game between Clarinda and Logan Magnolia will then advance to play Mount Ayr in the second round Wednesday, July 10, at Mount Ayr. Sidney will also host Underwood July 10. The winners of those two games will then meet in the regional semifinal Friday, July 12, at Mount Ayr.
Clarinda improved to 7-20 overall on the season Thursday, June 27, as the Cardinals posted a home sweep over Council Bluffs St. Albert.
The Cardinals won the first game of the doubleheader 11-2. Clarinda then completed the sweep with a 15-3 victory in three innings.
In the opener, Clarinda scored in every inning to pull away for the 11-2 win. The Cardinals produced two runs in the first inning. Then, after scoring one run in the second, the Cardinals pushed the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
St. Albert cut the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning, but Clarinda quickly got those two runs back in the bottom of the frame. Clarinda pushed the lead to 8-2 in the sixth and sealed the win with three more runs in the sixth inning.
Bryn Morgenstern anchored the Clarinda attack as she smacked a home run and a single on her way to driving in three runs. She also scored twice and accounted for one of the 10 stolen bases Clarinda collected in the game.
“The first game couldn’t have started any better. Bradlie Wilmes got on and then Bryn hit her home run. That gave us confidence for the rest of the game and we continued to add runs as the game went on,” Allbaugh said.
Addison Shane added two runs batted in (RBIs) on two hits. She also scored one run.
Aliyah St. Romain turned in a double as she knocked in one run, scored two runs and had one stolen base. Hallee Fine was also credited with one RBI.
Wilmes led Clarinda with three stolen bases and scored two runs. Hailee Knight swiped two bags to go along with one hit and one run scored.
Kaylah Degase, Jordyn McQueen and Maddie Sunderman each finished with one stolen base and one run scored. Kennedy Reed provided the other Clarinda steal.
Aziah Smalley was in the circle for Clarinda and went the distance to pick up the win. She held the Saintes to two unearned runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out eight batters in her seven innings of work.
The Cardinals continued to run wild against St. Albert in the second game on their way to a 15-3 win in three innings.
The Saintes struck for three runs in the top of the first inning. However, the Cardinals tied the score in the home half of the frame. Clarinda then hung five runs on the scoreboard in the second inning and ended the game with seven runs in the third inning.
“That was one of the most complete games we’ve played. We pitched well, ran the bases well and obviously hit the ball well. One other thing we did that we haven’t done this year is take our walks. We have been a pretty aggressive team swinging the bats, but we took our walks and hit the ball when we got pitches to hit, so I was happy to see that,” Allbaugh said.
Bryn Morgenstern continued her strong night as she turned in a double, a single, two RBIs, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Makayla Fichter plated two runs on one hit. She also scored twice and had one steal.
St. Romain was credited with a single and two RBIs. She also snagged a pair of steals and scored one run.
Fine tallied three runs scored, one hit, one RBI and one stolen base. Shane crossed the plate three times in the game and picked up one stolen base.
Knight picked up one RBI, one steal and one run scored. McQueen, Reed and Wilmes added one RBI apiece.
Sunderman scored two runs and had one stolen base.
Smalley returned to the mound for the second game and picked up her second win of the night. She allowed three runs on three hits and no walks. She also fanned three batters.
Earlier Thursday, Kuemper Catholic came to Clarinda to complete the final two innings of a suspended game from May 23. The Cardinals traveled to Carroll for a season opening doubleheader, but the second game was suspended at the start of the top of the sixth inning with the score tied at 6.
Although the suspended game was finished in Clarinda, play started with the Cardinals batting in the top of the sixth inning. After Clarinda was retired, the Knights scored what proved to be the decisive run in a 7-6 victory in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“It really came down to one hit. They got a runner on third and got the hit. We also got a runner to third, but couldn’t get that hit. That was the difference,” Allbaugh said.
Clarinda had scored two runs in the top of the first inning at Carroll and pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second frame. Kuemper produced one run in the third inning and then tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.
The Knights edged in front 4-3 before Clarinda battled back with three runs in the top of the fifth inning to reclaim a 6-4 advantage. The Knights tied the game with two runs in the home half of the frame before play was suspended.
Fichter was a thorn in the side of the Knights throughout the game as she collected two hits, including a double, to go along with three stolen bases and one run scored. Wilmes chipped in with three hits and one run.
McQueen drove in two runs on one hit and scored one run. Reed added one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Reed also had two of the six stolen bases for Clarinda, while Fine swiped the other bag.
Bryn Morgenstern and Knight each turned in one run scored.
Knight started the game at Carroll and pitched four innings. She yielded four earned runs on six hits and five walks. Smalley pitched the final two innings and was charged with the loss. She gave up one unearned run on two hits and had one strikeout.
Clarinda opened the week with a 4-3 home win Monday, June 24, over Red Oak.
The Cardinals pushed across single runs in each of the first two innings to claim the early lead. However, Red Oak edged in front 3-2 with three runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Clarinda tied the score with a lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Then, in the seventh, the Cardinals plated the winning run.
Bryn Morgenstern opened the seventh inning with a single and advanced to third on an error by the Red Oak center fielder. Shane then connected on a soft liner that went for a base it and brought in the winning run.
“You couldn’t have written it up on paper any better than that. We showed the ability to fight back. This was also our first conference win and it came against a team that 10-runned us a few weeks ago. So, this was a big win for us,” Allbaugh said.
Bryn Morgenstern finished with a single, a double, one RBI and one run scored. Shane had two hits and one RBI.
Kylie Shackelford plated two runs on one hit. St. Romain turned in a single and a double to go along with one run scored.
Knight and Wilmes each contributed one hit and scored one run. McQueen also picked up a base hit for the Cardinals.
Smalley went the distance to pick up the win. She limited the Tigers to one earned run on three hits and one walks, while sitting down six on strikes.
Clarinda then traveled to Shenandoah Tuesday, June 25, and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Fillies. Shenandoah scored all five of its runs in the third inning, while the Cardinals plated single runs in the first and fourth innings.
The Cardinals were limited to two hits in the game, but did reach base on six walks. The Cardinals also put pressure on the Fillies with four steals.
“We didn’t hit the ball very well, but we scraped out a couple of runs. We played one bad inning on defense that cost us,” Allbaugh said.
Knight and Wilmes each singled to account for the two hits. They also had one stolen base apiece.
Bryn Morgenstern and Sunderman each scored one run and had one stolen base. Fine received two walks, while Jillian Graham and Reed received the other two free passes.
Smalley took the loss despite all five of the Shenandoah run being unearned. Over her six innings, Smalley allowed six hits, one walk and struck out four.