HJ - CHS Softball Kennedy Reed

Making solid contact is Kennedy Reed during the first game of a home doubleheader for Clarinda Thursday, June 13, against Atlantic. Reed drove in one of the two Clarinda runs in the game, but Atlantic prevailed 3-2. The Trojans also won the second game. (Herald-Journal photo by Joe Moore)

Clarinda clawed its way to its fourth win of the season Friday, June 14, as the Cardinals pulled away from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln for a 9-3 home win over the Lynx.

The Lynx pounced on the Cardinals early with two runs in the top of the first inning. However, Clarinda responded with four runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back.

“That was a good game. Everybody hit the ball well and contributed in some way or another,” Clarinda coach Seth Allbaugh said.

Makayla Fichter opened the inning with a single. Jordan McQueen followed with a base hit to move Fichter over to third base. McQueen advanced to second base on the throw to promptly put two runners in scoring position for Clarinda.

Following a pop out, Kennedy Reed worked a walk to load the bases. Aliyah St. Romain then reached on an error as Fichter and McQueen each crossed the plate to tie the score at 2.

Fichter also scored a second run later in the game to go along with her one hit. McQueen finished the game with two hits, including a double, to go along with two runs scored and one run batted in (RBI).

Clarinda benefited from another error with two outs in the inning as Bryn Morgenstern reached on a miscue by the Abraham Lincoln centerfielder that allowed Reed and St. Romain to score. St. Romain was later credited with a hit and two RBIs.

Morgenstern also delivered a single and a double in the game as she plated two runs and scored once. Morgenstern also collected one stolen base.

The Cardinals pushed the advantage to 5-2 in the third inning. Hallee Fine started the inning with a base hit. Maddie Sunderman entered the game as a courtesy runner and stole second base and later scored on an error with two outs in the inning.

Clarinda then sealed the win by putting two runs on the scoreboard in both the fourth and fifth innings to make the score 9-2. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln finished the scoring with a single run in the top of the sixth inning.

Bradlie Wilmes turned in two hits and scored one run against the Lynx. Hailee Knight and Addison Shane each knocked in one run in the victory.

Aziah Smalley went the distance to earn the win on the mound. She limited the Lynx to two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters over seven innings.

“The game really came down to Aziah. She threw an absolute gem. It was probably her best game of the year. When you pitch like that, you are going to win a lot of game,” Allbaugh said.

Clarinda opened the week by hosting Shenandoah Monday, June 10, for Senior Night. However, the Fillies scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out an 8-5 win over the Cardinals.

“We were right in the game and competed hard all the way. We just couldn’t close it out at the end,” Allbaugh said.

Shenandoah scored single runs in each of the first two innings, but the Cardinals countered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and another run in the second inning to claim an early 3-2 edge.

After tying the game in the fourth, the Fillies went ahead 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Clarinda battled back to even the tally with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Fine powered the Clarinda attack with a home run and a single as she drove in four runs for the Cardinals. Reed was also credited with one RBI.

“The big hit of the night was Hallee’s homer. She absolutely crushed that ball to centerfield over the scoreboard. She also had four RBIs, so she accounted for a lot of our offense,” Allbaugh said.

Morgenstern collected two hits and a run scored. McQueen, Shane and Williams each turned in one hit and one run scored. Fichter and St. Romain provided the other two Clarinda hits.

The Cardinals also swiped six bases against the Fillies. Picking up one steal apiece were Fichter, McQueen, Morgenstern, Shane, Sunderman and Wilmes.

Smalley was charged with the loss despite allowing only four earned runs over her seven innings of work. She allowed nine hits and six walks.

Clarinda returned to action Thursday, June 13, as the Cardinals hosted a doubleheader against Atlantic. The Trojans earned a sweep on the night as they edged Clarinda 3-2 in the first game before cruising to a 17-1 win in five innings in the second game of the twin bill.

In the first contest of the night, Atlantic took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals bounced back with single runs fifth and sixth inning to knot the score at 2. However, the Trojans scored the decisive run in the top of the seventh.

Fine singled and plated one of the two Clarinda runs. Reed was credited with the other RBI.

Fichter and Wilmes each singled and scored the two runs for the Cardinals. Knight also turned in a single and a stolen base, while Morgenstern had the other Clarinda hit.

Smalley was in the circle for the opener and took the hard luck loss. She surrendered two earned runs on seven hits, while fanning four in her seven innings of work.

“Aziah pitched a great game. When you’re playing a team that is ranked in the state and undefeated in the conference, you have to play almost perfect to beat them. We did that for the most part,” Allbaugh said.

In the nightcap, Atlantic broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the top of the second inning. The Trojans tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and then ended the game with a seven spot in the fifth inning. Clarinda added its second run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“They jumped on us early and got us down. They are one of the best hitting teams in the conference,” Allbaugh said.

Knight delivered a single and a double as she plated one of the Clarinda runs. Fine picked up the other RBI as she finished the game with a double and one run scored. Wilmes singled and scored the other run.

Knight suffered the loss as she surrendered eight earned runs on 11 hits over five innings. She also issued 10 walks compared to two strikeouts.

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