HJ - CHS Softball Smalley at Creston

Clarinda pitcher Aziah Smalley fires a pitch to the plate Monday, June 17, at Creston. The Cardinals played a doubleheader against the Panthers, but were the home team for the first game since the game between the two teams earlier this season in Clarinda was postponed by rain. Still, Creston won both of the games. The Cardinals also played doubleheaders at Glenwood and Lewis Central during the week. (Herald-Journal photo by Joe Moore)

It was a busy week of action for the Clarinda softball team as the Cardinals took the diamond for three doubleheaders.

The Cardinals squared off in twin bills against Creston, Glenwood and Lewis Central. Rainouts early in the season contributed to the need for the doubleheaders against the Panthers and the Rams.

Clarinda traveled to Council Bluffs Thursday, June 20, for its doubleheader against Lewis Central. The Cardinals just missed earning a split as they were edged 5-4 in the second game after dropping the opener 11-1 in five innings.

Lewis Central established a 5-0 lead in the second game as the Titans followed up a three-run first inning with single runs in the next two frames. Clarinda chipped away at the deficit with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

“We had two on in the fifth and were only down one run, but couldn’t get that key hit to take the lead. Then, again in the seventh inning, we had two on and couldn’t push that last run across to tie the game,” Clarinda coach Seth Allbaugh said.

Bryn Morgenstern turned in a pair of doubles as she plated one run and scored once. Hailee Knight singled and drove in two of the Clarinda runs.

“Bryn had some big hits for us in that game,” Allbaugh said.

Makayla Fichter collected the other run batted in (RBI) for the Cardinals to go along with one single. Maddie Sunderman added a single, a stolen base and one run scored.

Bradlie Wilmes chipped in with a single and a run scored. Jillian Graham and Kylie Shackelford accounted for the final two Clarinda hits.

Knight was in the circle for the second game and took the loss despite holding the Titans to one earned run over six innings. She allowed 10 hits in the game and struck out two.

In the first game of the night, Lewis Central pulled away for the 11-1 win.

Clarinda scored the opening run in the second inning, but Lewis Central tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The Titans edged in front 3-1 in the third inning and tacked on three more runs in the fourth. The Titans then ended the game by the 10-run rule by pushing across five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“We hit the ball hard, but it was right at people. That seemed to be the story of the last week or so. We’re having a little tough luck right now,” Allbaugh said.

The Cardinals were limited to two hits, both singles by Addison Shane and Knight, in the game. Kennedy Reed drove in Jordyn McQueen for the one Clarinda run.

Aziah Smalley took the loss as she allowed six earned runs on 13 hits over four and two-thirds innings of work. She also walked two and fanned two.

Clarinda opened the week with a pair of games Monday, June 17, at Creston. The Panthers won both contests by scores of 12-0 and 9-2.

“The Creston games were almost identical. We played right with them for the first five innings of both games, but in the sixth inning they really started hitting the ball and it kind of got away from us,” Allbaugh said.

Since the game in Clarinda had been rained out earlier in the season, the Cardinals were designated as the home team for the first game of the twin bill. The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the first inning and pushed the lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth. Creston then sealed the win with six runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Smalley suffered the loss as she touched up for five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks over six and one-third innings. She also had three strikeouts. Knight yielded two unearned runs on two walks and one hit before recording the final out.

At the plate, the Cardinals had three base hits in the contest. Fichter, Knight and Reed each finished with one single.

In the second game, Creston served as the home team and came away with a 9-2 win.

The Cardinals scored their two runs in the top of the second inning. Creston responded with three runs in the home half of the frame. The Panthers added one run in the fourth inning and sealed the win with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Reed singled and plated one of the two Clarinda runs. McQueen provided a double and one run scored, while Knight added a single and a run scored.

Morgenstern also delivered a double. Shane and Fichter each singled as the Cardinals finished the game with six hits.

Smalley came up on the short end of the decision as she surrendered six earned runs on nine hits and one walk over five and one-third innings. Knight pitched the final two-thirds of an inning allowing two unearned runs on one hit and one walk.

The Cardinals then traveled to Glenwood Wednesday, June 19, for a twin bill against the Rams. Like the doubleheader with Creston, Clarinda was the home team for the first game and the visitor for the second games since the game scheduled in Clarinda was postponed by rain earlier in the year.

Glenwood won the opening game 12-1 in six innings. The Rams then posted a 13-0 win in three innings in game two.

“Glenwood is playing really good ball right now. We just ran into a hot team at the wrong time and were on the wrong end of it,” Allbaugh said.

In the first game, the Rams produced single runs in the first two innings. Clarinda responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Rams extended the lead to 4-1 in the third inning.

Glenwood then broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Rams polished off the win with five runs in the top of the sixth.

Clarinda had five hits in the game. Knight accounted for one of those hits and drove home McQueen with the lone run for the Cardinals. Knight and McQueen also had one stolen base apiece in the game.

The other four hits were singles off the bats of Graham, Morgenstern, Shackelford and Wilmes.

Smalley pitched the first five innings and was charged with the loss. She gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits and one walk. She also struck out three.

Rylie Morgenstern tossed one inning of relief. She surrendered five earned runs on five walks and three hits.

The Glenwood bats stayed hot in the second game. The Rams hung six runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and tacked on three more runs in the second inning. Glenwood ended the game with four runs in the bottom of the third inning.

The Cardinals were held hitless in the game. Meanwhile, Knight was tagged for eight earned runs on seven hits and three walks in two and one-third innings.

Clarinda was scheduled to play in a tournament Saturday, June 22, at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. However, the tournament was rained out.

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