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Clippers split with Stormin’ Pointers

CCA baseball sweeps, softball swept
Raina Henze delivers a pitch, in game one of a varsity doubleheader, Monday, June 25, in Center Point, against the Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers. The Clippers hit the .500 mark, moving to14-14, as they were swept, 11-0 and 7-1, by the hounds. Henze took the loss in game one, giving up nine hits and nine runs (eight earned) while striking out one. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball and softball teams traveled to Center Point for a pair of doubleheaders Monday, June 25, against the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers.
Both Clipper squads hit the .500 mark with the Creek Boys improving to 12-12 sweeping the Pointers, 10-5 and 6-4, while the Creek Girls dipped to 14-14 being swept, 11-0 and 7-1.
The Creek Boys put up six runs in the top of the third inning of game one and added one run each in the fifth and sixth plus two in the seventh to seal the win. CPU opened with a run in the bottom of the first and second for an early lead. The Pointers added one run in the third and two in the fourth in an unsuccessful effort to catch up. Camden Smyka smacked a triple as one of his two hits and drove in four runs in the effort. David Jensen took the win for CCA after four innings on the mound. Jensen gave up seven hits and five runs (two earned), walked two and struck out three. Grant Jensen pitched three innings giving up one hit and striking out three.
Sam Young and Jordan Wolfe had two hits each for the Clippers with one apiece from Cam Armstrong, Cody Ogden, Grant Jensen, Ben Swails (a double) and Tyler Schrepfer. Young and Armstrong had one RBI apiece in the contest.
Four scoreless innings confounded both teams in game two before the Clippers broke through with two runs in the top of the fifth. The Creek Boys added two more in the sixth, but a four-run bottom of the inning by CPU knotted the game. A scoreless seventh inning led to extra innings, the Clippers ended the game with two runs in the eighth. Jordan Wolfe nailed an RBI double in the game. Brock Reade earned the win for CCA with 2-1/3 innings on the mound. Reade gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two. Smyka pitched 5-2/3 innings giving up one hit and four runs (two earned) with three walks and five strikeouts.
Cody Ogden had a pair of hits, with one apiece from David Jensen, Casey Ogden and Schrepfer. Smyka and Swails had a sacrifice RBI apiece.
The Clippers travel to Brooklyn to face BGM High School on Thursday, July 5, for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. and visit Benton Community, in Van Horne, on Friday, July 6, for a 5 p.m. double dip. Grinnell visits Monday, July 9, at 5 p.m. and the regular season wraps on the road in Independence Tuesday, July 10, with a 5 p.m. doubleheader, rescheduled from June 18.
The softball Pointers drove in ten runs in the bottom of the third inning in game one and added one more in the fourth for the 11-0 win in five innings. Raina Henze was charged with the loss after 2-2/3 innings in the circle. Henze gave up nine hits and nine runs (eight earned), walked one and struck out one. Peyton Grafft relieved Henze for 1-1/3 innings giving up three hits and two earned runs. Ainsley Schrock nailed a double in the contest with one single apiece from Abby Crow and Katie Pitlick.
The Creek Girls regrouped for the second game and struck first with Danielle Wnek scoring a run in the top of the third from a Gabrielle Bedford RBI double. However, the home Hounds plated four runners in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth. Grafft went the distance for the loss, giving up six hits and seven runs (four earned) while walking seven. Gabrielle Bedford and Danielle Wnek had two hits. Schrock, Crow and Allie Rummelhart had one hit apiece.
The Clippers ladies open postseason play on Thursday, July 5, at home against Washington at 7 p.m. in a Class 4A Region 5 Quarterfinal. The winner faces Newton, in Newton, on Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m. in the Semifinal. The Regional Final is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at the highest-ranked team’s site. Fairfield takes on Mount Pleasant on July 5, in Fairfield, with the winner facing Oskaloosa on July 7 in the top half of the Region 5 bracket.