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A walk in the park

CCA walks to 13-1, 13-1 wins over Liberty High
CCA’s Raina Henze (left) and Danielle Wnek celebrate a successful inning Monday, May 21, during a season opening doubleheader against Liberty High in Oxford. The Creek Girls swept the Bolts, 13-1 and 13-1, in a pair of three-inning games. Schrock was called safe to the dismay of members of the Bolt Nation. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

OXFORD– A new non-conference rivalry started Monday, May 21, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers welcomed the Liberty High Lightning (Bolts) to McAreavy Field, in Oxford, on opening night of the 2018 season. The Clippers overwhelmed the very young Bolts - 19 freshmen, four sophomores and two eighth-graders, 13-1 and 13-1, in a pair of three-inning games.
Freshman Ashlyn Geasland singled for the Bolts in the top of the first inning, in game one, and scored Liberty’s run on an RBI triple by sophomore Brylee Klosterman.
The Creek Girls scored nine runs in the bottom of the inning, off four hits and several walks. Sophomore Allison Rummelhart drove in one run on a single, while junior Lydia Banwart brought two runners in. Senior Danielle Wnek also drove in a pair of runs. Junior Katie Pitlick drove in one run to make it 9-1. Neither team scored in the second inning. The Clippers scored four runs in the bottom of the third off a RBI bunt from sophomore Karsyn Stratton and a RBI single from Grace Bedford.
Sophomore Raina Henze took the win for CCA giving up three hits and one earned run while striking out five, including three in a row in the first inning, and walking one.
Liberty’s Kinsley Robertson, an eighth-grader, was charged with the loss after 2/3 of an inning. She gave up two hits, nine runs - seven earned, walked five and struck out two. Geasland worked 1/3 of an inning giving up no hits, no runs, no walks and without striking anybody out. Sophomore Delaney Alberts worked the circle for one inning where she gave up three hits, four earned runs and walked four without any strikeouts.
The Bolts regrouped for the nightcap and put CCA pitcher Peyton Graft, a freshman, in a tough spot at the top of the first inning. Klosterman doubled and freshman Raquel Trolliet singled to put runners at the corners. Kara Maiers, a freshman, singled to bring Klosterman home and gave the Bolts a 1-0 lead. Freshman Kelsey Phipps popped up for the second out, Geasland led off the inning for the Lightning, and was out at first base, while sophomore Ella Johnson was tagged out at third, extricating the Clippers from the frame.
The Clippers put nine runs on the scoreboard with freshman Gabrielle Bedford nailing a lead-off single, Wnek hitting a single and Stratton reaching on an error. Wnek knocked an RBI triple later in the inning complimented by a RBI single by sophomore Ainsley Schrock. Liberty again challenged Graft and the Clipper defense in the top of the second as Phipps and freshman Addie Schmierer both doubled to put runners at second and third. Klosterman was intentionally walked with two outs to load the bases. However, the Clippers escaped unscathed with a tag-out at second base to end the half.
Gabrielle Bedford smacked a two-run double, scoring junior Abby Crow and freshman Whitney Traetow, who had walked, to spark a four-run effort in the bottom of the second. The Bolts attempted to make a stand in the top of the third as Maiers was put out at first, Phipps popped up for out number two and sophomore Ella Johnson flew out to end the game.
Graft took the win with three hits, one earned run and one walk. Maiers was charged with the loss after 1/3 of an inning in the circle where she gave up five earned runs, walked five and struck out one. Freshman Eva Stewart pitched two innings giving up five hits, eight earned runs, walking six and striking out one.
The Bolts travel to Oskaloosa on Saturday, June 2, for a tournament, starting at 9:15 a.m., and take on the Marion Indians in a JV/Varsity set in Marion on Tuesday, June 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. The road trips continue on Wednesday, June 6, with a varsity doubleheader at Dubuque Hempstead starting at 4 p.m.
The Creek Girls entertain Williamsburg in a varsity doubleheader on Monday, June 4, starting at 6 p.m., while Western Dubuque visits on Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m.