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The Creek Boys make history on the diamond

Clear Creek Amana baseball knocks out No. 1 Assumption, 12-3, for first-ever state tourney appearance
The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team poses with their first ever state baseball tournament qualifier banner on Wednesday, July 22, at Modern Woodman Park, in Davenport, after defeating Davenport Assumption Catholic, 12-3, in a Class 3A substate final. (photo provided by Tanya Reade)

DAVENPORT– Once again, the Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana High School made history. Last spring, the Clippers made their first state basketball tournament appearance since 1993. On Wednesday, July 22, the Clippers clinched their first state baseball tournament appearance in school history, upsetting the No. 1 (Class 3A) Davenport Assumption Knights, 12-3, in a substate final game at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport.
Both teams plated two runners in the first inning and one apiece in the third, before the Clippers unloaded a three-run barrage in the top of the fourth. CCA added one run in the sixth and scorched the plate with five runs in the seventh.
Parker Smith and Ben Swails went 3-3 at the plate with two singles and a double each. Swails also earned four RBI.
Brock Reade had two singles and an RBI with TJ Bollers, Casey Ogden, Tyler Schrepfer and Stirlen Roberson knocking a single apiece. Bollers earned three RBI and Schrepfer two.
Cade Armstrong and Ogden split duties on the mound, with Ogden pitching 5-1/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs with four strikeouts to earn the win. Armstrong worked 1-2/3 innings, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out one.
CCA made its Principal Park debut, in Des Moines, on Tuesday, July 28 (after this edition’s deadline), as the No. 5 seed in a 3A quarterfinal against No. 4 Norwalk. The 3A semifinal games are set for Friday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the 3A championship game on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 4:30 p.m.