An eight run fifth inning was enough to propel the Cardinals to a narrow 14-11 win over Missouri Valley during a quadrangular played Saturday, June 1, in Clarinda. The win was the first of the 2019 baseball season for Clarinda.
After Missouri Valley scored the opening run in the top of the first inning, Clarinda responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Both teams posted two runs in the fourth inning to make the tally 6-3.
However, that is when the fireworks started. The Big Reds erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to seize a 10-6 advantage. Not to be outdone, Clarinda answered with eight runs in the home half of the frame to surge back on top.
Missouri Valley tacked on one more run in the sixth inning to cut the score to 14-11, but could draw no closer.
Tadyn Brown powered the Clarinda offensive attack with three hits, three runs batted in (RBIs) and one stolen base. Jakob Childs also delivered three RBIs to go along with one hit and one run scored.
William Shull joined Brown with three hits. He also swiped on bag and scored one run.
Logan Green and Sy Young followed with two hits and two RBI. Parker Rock also plated two runs on a single and double. Rock also scored once.
Kam Fulk also picked up one RBI to go along with one hit and two runs scored. Cooper Neal collected two hits and two runs scored.
Nathan Lindsay notched one hit, one steal and two runs scored. Wyatt Schmitt was also credited with a stolen base and a run scored.
Jon McCall got the start on the mound and pitched four and two-thirds innings. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits and four walks. He also recorded three strikeouts.
Brown came on to pitch the final two and one-third innings to earn his first varsity win. Brown issued four walks, but was only charged with one earned run on one hit. He also had one strikeout.
Also during the quadrangular, the Cardinals suffered an 11-7 loss to Treynor in extra innings.
Clarinda took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning only to see Treynor go ahead 2-1 in the top of the third inning. The Cardinals countered with four runs in the bottom of the third.
Treynor tied the game at 5 with three runs in the fourth inning. Each team tacked on one run in the seventh inning to force extra inning.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Treynor put five runs on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth. Clarinda manufactured one run in the bottom of the ninth, but could get no closer.
Green recorded a single and a double as he plated two runs and scored once. McCall added a single and one RBI in the game.
Fulk led the Cardinals with three hits and scored one run. Cooper collected two singles and two runs scored. Cooper also one of the six stolen bases for Clarinda in the game.
Rock scored two runs to go along with one hit and one stolen base. Lindsay swiped two bags, while Wyatt Schmitt had one steal and one run scored. Young also had one steal.
Schmitt started the game and worked three innings. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three batters.
Neal came on to pitch four and two-thirds innings of relief. He surrendered three earned runs on six hits. Neal also fanned six and walked three.
Jarod McNeese tossed one inning. He was touched up for three earned runs on five hits and three walks. Brown recorded the final out after giving up two unearned runs on two walks and one hit.
Prior to the quadrangular, the Cardinals hosted Lewis Central Friday, May 31. The Titans rolled to a 12-0 victory over Clarinda in five innings.
The Cardinals were limited to two hits in the contest. Young and Neal each had one single, while Rock also reached base on a walk.
Fulk took the loss as he lasted only two innings allowing five earned runs on three walks and two hits. He did manage to strike out three hitters.
Rock pitched one and two-thirds innings before Childs came out to get the final four outs. Rock yielded one unearned run on two hits and one walk. Childs was charged with six earned runs on four walks and one hit. Childs also fanned four.
Clarinda also traveled to Denison Thursday, May 30, for a doubleheader against the Monarchs. Denison swept the twin bill 4-0 and 11-1.
In the first game, Denison pushed across two runs in the first inning. The Monarchs added single runs in the third and sixth innings to secure the 4-0 win.
Rock and Shull each singled to account for the only two Clarinda hits in the game. Rock also had a walk and a stolen base for the Cardinals.
Young went the distance, but took the loss. He held the Monarchs to one earned run on two hits and one walk over his six innings of work. He also recorded two strikeouts.
In the second game, Denison snatched early control with seven runs in the first inning. The Monarchs pushed the lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning.
Clarinda broke up the shutout when Young scored on a double off the bat of Neal in the top of the fifth inning. Young also had a single earlier in the game.
However, Denison answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 11-1 and end the game in accordance with the 10-run rule.
Clarinda finished the game with five hits. Shull turned in another double, while Rock had a single.
Although Lindsay allowed seven runs in only two-thirds of an inning to suffer the loss, only two of those runs were earned. He allowed six hits and two walks to go along with one strikeout.
McNeese tossed three inning of relief. He surrendered one unearned run on two walks and one hit, while fanning two.
McCall pitched the final inning and was charged with two earned runs. He gave up three walks and two hits, while striking out one batter.
Clarinda was scheduled to open the week at home Tuesday, May 28, against Creston. That game, however, was postponed due to rain.