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Creek Girls shut out Indians in regional quarterfinal

CCA wins, 10-0, over Marion
Claire Navara, Jacquelyn Fairholm, Skylar Hop and Abbi Kinnaird celebrate two outs in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal softball game Thursday, July 7, at home against the Marion Indians. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team advanced to a Class 4A Region 5 semifinal game with Oskaloosa after wiping out the Marion Indians, 10-0, in five innings in the quarterfinal round Thursday, July 7, in Oxford.
The Clippers were the visitors in the contest and took full advantage of having the first at-bat with two runs in the top of the first inning, followed by one in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Pitcher Skylar Hop rocketed a line drive to center field in the top of the first inning to bring Claire Navara and Megan Beckler home for a 2-0 lead. A Hop grounder in the third brought Beckler in to make it 3-0. Beckler knocked an RBI single in the fourth to score Karsyn Stratton, Grace Murray’s hard ground ball allowed Navara to score, Hop reached on an error as Beckler scored again and Jacquelyn Fairholm put up an RBI single to score courtesy runner Riley Hennes, who ran the bases for catcher Murray. The Creek Girls put the game away with the mercy rule in the fifth, when Abbi Kinnaird scored on a wild pitch, Courtney James scored on a Navara ground-out and Stratton scored on a Beckler ground-out. James had the distinction of making the final out in the bottom of the fifth as she reached up and nabbed an Indian fly ball.
Hop pitched all five innings, giving up four hits, no runs, striking out two and walking no one. The Clippers’ dozen hits came from Navara (three), Beckler (two), Murray (two), Hop (two), Stratton, Fairholm and Kinnaird.
The Clippers improved to 19-21 on the season, while the Indians retired at 12-22. Washington defeated Maquoketa, 8-6, in the bottom half of the Region 5 brackets sending the 11-25 Demons to face 27-9 Mount Pleasant on Saturday, July 10. The Panthers clobbered the Demons on Wednesday, July 6, 11-6 and 10-0. The Creek Girls advanced to take on another tribe, the 25-7 Indians of Oskaloosa.