CLARINDA – Clarinda baseball’s four-game winning streak ended in resounding fashion Tuesday, June 23, in a 13-0 home loss to Glenwood.
The game was called after five innings due to the run-rule.
Clarinda starting pitcher Jake Childs worked a perfect first inning with a pair of strikeouts, but then he hit three batters as part of a four-run second inning that only saw the Rams produce one hit.
It quickly worsened as the Rams scored seven runs in the third against Jarod McNeese to lead 11-0.
“We can’t give teams extra base runners,” Clarinda head coach Rod Eberly said. “I think we gave up one hit in the second inning. We beaned three or four guys and then walks and passed balls. It wasn’t very good baseball, and then when Glenwood got runners on they hit the ball in the gaps and drove some runs in.”
The Clarinda bats struggled as well against three Glenwood pitchers. An offense that scored double digit runs in every game of their four-game winning streak produced just two hits in the loss, one by Michael Shull and one from Cooper Neal. Eberly said the lack of offense was a combination of things.
“The tough start and we didn’t compete real well at the plate,” said Eberly. “Their kid did a nice job mixing up his pitches, some off-speed in hitters counts. They did a nice job.”
The showing was a stark contrast from the Cardinal team that had won four straight games by the combined score of 46-7.
“We were playing pretty well and executing,” said Eberly. “We weren’t giving away many extra opportunities. Our pitching has been pretty good. Tuesday was unexpected how we threw it on the mound.”
Clarinda dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Glenwood starting pitcher Chad Fisher also had a pair of hits on offense as Glenwood improved to 3-2 overall and in the conference.