Hot streak for CCA girls
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity softball team hit a late-season hot streak.
The Clippers ended the regular season on a positive note with a 19-17 record thanks to a doubleheader win Monday, July 7, over the Marion Indians. A pair of regional wins boosted the record to 21-17.
Game one against Marion was a stalemate until the bottom of the third when the Clippers put a runner across the plate for a 1-0 lead. Three more runs came in the fourth before a five-run attack put the game away in the fifth for the 9-0 win. The Clippers had 10 hits from Mallory Neubauer (2), Lauren Stopko, Grace Murray, Jacquelyn Fairholm, Madison Rogers (2) and Hannah Mougin (2). Neubauer had a homer and four RBIs while Rogers and Mougin were credited with a pair of RBI each.
Lexi Kinnaird went the distance in the circle, giving up seven hits and no runs while walking one and striking out eight.
In the nightcap, the Creek Girls’ bats stayed hot with three runs going up in the bottom of the first inning with two more in the second and one each in the third and fourth. The final run came in the bottom of the sixth for the 8-0 final. CCA’s eight hits came from Neubauer (3), Stopko, Molly Villhauer and Courtney James (3). Neubauer had a pair of doubles, a homer and a pair of RBIs in the contest while scoring four runs. Villhauer was credited with two runs, four RBI and also homered. James also had a double. Kaitlin Greene, a sophomore, threw all seven innings giving up four hits, no runs, walking two and striking out one.
Thursday, July 10, the Clippers hosted the Wildcats of Davenport North in a Class 4A regional first round contest. The Clippers were the visiting team and therefore had the first at-bat. Unfortunately, the CCA bats were quiet through the first four innings while the Wildcats scratched out a run in the bottom of the first.
Claire Navara, pulling courtesy runner duty for pitcher Kinnaird, scored in the top of the fifth. In the sixth, Neubauer belted out an RBI single.
Kinnaird struck out 11 in the contest while giving up five hits and the one un-earned run. Neubauer, Eden Campbell, Kinnaird, Murray and Mougin had five singles among them with a double and RBI for Murray.
The win sent the ladies to Cedar Rapids Saturday, July 12, for a Class 4A Region 4 semifinal match-up with No. 5 Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Creek Girls pulled off a 2-0 upset to advance to the final round, with a trip to the state tournament in Fort Dodge on the line, against Washington. That game was set for Tuesday, July 15.
Against the Saints, the Clippers put up one run in the first and one in the sixth with an RBI double and a homer from Villhauer, who went 3-3 at bat. Madison Rogers and Mougin also contributed to CCA’s five hits. Kinnaird gave up only three hits and struck out five in the contest.