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Creek Girls split with Stormin’ Pointers

7-4 loss, 10-0 shutout win for CCA against CP-U
CCA’s Abby Crow chases Solon’s Bryn Hanrahan to home plate Wednesday, June 14, in a varsity doubleheader. Crow had one hit and two RBI in game No. 2 of a doubleheader with Center Point-Urbana at home Monday, June 26, in Oxford. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers split on the softball diamond Monday, June 26, in the varsity doubleheader in Oxford.
The Pointers pulled off a 7-4 win in the opener with a six-run effort in the top of the fourth inning and an insurance run in the seventh. Abbi Kinnaird and Ainsley Schrock ended a four-inning drought with an RBI groundout by Kinnaird and a two-run homer from Schrock. Karsyn Stratton belted out a solo homer in the seventh for CCA’s fourth and final run of the ballgame.
Stratton (home run), Claire Navara, Kinnaird, Schrock (homerun), Katie Pitlick and Danielle Wnek cranked out CCA’s six runs, while Raina Henze pitched a full game giving up nine hits and seven runs (two earned), striking out two and walking one.
Peyton Grafft pitched a two-hit shutout in the nightcap for the Creek Girls. The Clippers put up one run in the bottom of the first, added three more in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth for an early end after the Pointer’s top-of-the-fifth plate appearances. Stratton led CCA at the plate with two hits, while Navara (double), Kinnaird, Schrock (double), Riley Hennes, Wnek (double) and Abby Crow all had one hit apiece for eight total. Navara drove in three runs, while Wnek and Crow had two RBI and Schrock and Hennes had one apiece.
The Creek Girls improved to 12-24, while the Pointers slipped to 21-9.
Regional play starts Thursday, July 6, with the Clippers traveling to Eldridge to face North Scott at 7 p.m. in a Class 4A Region 5 quarterfinal.
The semifinal round is set for Saturday, July 8, in Burlington against Burlington at 7 p.m.
The regional final on Tuesday, July 11, will be held at the highest remaining ranked team’s site. Washington (Iowa), Central DeWitt and Oskaloosa make up the top half of the Region 5 bracket. Oskaloosa was fourth-ranked in Class 4A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings for Thursday, June 22, while Burlington was the 11th-ranked team.
The 2017 state softball tournament is set for Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, at the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Class 4A quarterfinals begin on Tuesday, July 18, with consolation games on Wednesday, July 19, and semifinals on Thursday, July 20, ahead of the championship on Friday at 10:10 a.m.