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Creek Girls fall in 4A regional semifinal against the Demons

Washington prevails 3-1 over Clear Creek Amana
The Clear Creek Amana varsity softball team finished the short 2020 season with a 14-10 record overall after falling 3-1 to the Washington (Iowa) Demons in a Class 4A regional semifinal game Saturday, July 18, at home.

OXFORD– The COVID-19-shortened season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team Saturday, July 18, on its home diamond as the Washington (Iowa) Demons won a Class 4A regional semifinal game 3-1. The visitors did their damage early, scoring all three runs in the top of the first inning.
The Clippers had an opportunity in the bottom of the first as Gabrielle Bedford walked, stole second, and then third, but was left stranded. The Creek Girls had better luck in the second inning as Grace Bedford singled and was driven home by an Allie Rummelhart RBI single. Unfortunately, that would be CCA’s only run of the night, with runners left on base in each inning.
“We had our opportunities, that’s for sure,” co-coach Jodie Scheetz said. “We just couldn’t come up with a big hit.”
The unique season ended with a 14-10 record overall and 12-8 in the WaMaC West Division behind 17-3 (22-4 overall) Williamsburg and 13-7 Benton Community (15-8 overall). After all spring sports were cancelled by Gov. Kim Reynolds in conjunction with ending the school year early, doubts arose about the possibility of a summer sports season, and how to play ball while managing social distancing and other COVID preventive measures. But summer sports were green-lighted with the first day of practice set for Monday, June 1. Several teams, the Creek Girls included, hit the diamond at 12:01 a.m.
“The kids worked hard all year and did whatever we asked them to,” Scheetz said. “Lots of energy.” And it paid off as they put up some big wins, including a split with WaMaC East rival Solon, which gave the Clippers their first win over Solon since 2012.
For seniors Raina Henze, Cheyaenne Bunch, Ainsley Schrock, Allie Rummelhart and Victoria Ciha, it was the end of an era, which for some started with playing varsity as eighth graders.
“They’ll be missed. Their leadership in the dugout for sure, and then Raina on the mound, Ainsley behind the plate… her bat, we’ll miss her a lot,” Scheetz said. “And then we’ve got Cheyaenne in left field, she’ll be tough to replace.” This was Bunch’s first season back on the diamond since playing as an eighth grader. “Allie had a good stick for us tonight. Between that and playing some third base for us, she’s a pretty good ballplayer. And then there’s Victoria, a great role model, always cheering, always helping us out. It’s going to be tough to replace them,” Scheetz said.