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Creek Girls split with Lady Mustangs in doubleheader

CCA falls 5-3 and wins 2-1 at home
CCA’s Anna Fox makes an out deep in left field Wednesday, June 14, in a varsity doubleheader in Oxford against Solon. Fox had one hit against the Independence Mustangs on Monday, June 19. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team broke even on the home diamond in a doubleheader with the Lady Mustangs of Independence after dropping game one, 5-3, and taking the nightcap 2-1 Monday, June 19.
Indee opened the evening with three runs in the top of the first inning and put up one run each in the third and fifth while holding the Creek Girls scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Riley Hennes and Ainsley Schrock drove in two runs in the sixth with a double for Schrock. Danielle Wnek grounded out, allowing a run to score in the bottom of the seventh for the third and final CCA run.
Hennes, Abbi Kinnaird, Schrock, Raina Henze and Anna Fox manufactured the Clippers’ five hits. Henze took the loss after going the distance in the circle, giving up seven hits and five earned runs.
The nightcap was scoreless until the top of the third when a Lady Mustang galloped across home plate to put Indee on the scoreboard. Schrock grounded out in the bottom of the fourth allowing CCA’s first run while a wild pitch allowed the second and final run in the sixth for the upset. Kinnaird had both of the Clippers’ hits while Peyton Grafft pitched a full game, giving up five hits and one unearned run. The split put the Clippers at 9-19 overall while Independence dipped to 19-11.
The Creek Girls will compete in Mid-Prairie’s tournament on Saturday, July 1, which starts at 9 a.m. The road to Fort Dodge and the 2017 Class 4A state championships starts Thursday, July 6, in Eldridge as the Clippers face North Scott in a Region 5 quarterfinal. The semifinal is set for Saturday, July 8, in Burlington against Burlington with the final on Tuesday, July 11, at the highest-ranked remaining team’s site. Washington, Central Clinton-DeWitt and Oskaloosa are in the top half of the Region 5 bracket.