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Clarke pitching shuts down Panthers

Clarke pitchers Libby Bemis and Carrie Kindred combined to keep the Creston Panthers off the basepaths in a 10-0 win in five innings here on Friday.

Bemis pitched four innings and struck out nine batters, while Kindred pitched the fifth inning and recorded one strikeout for Clarke, rated No. 10 in Class 3A.

The two Lady Indians pitchers have not allowed a run through three games so far this season, and have not allowed a hit in their past two games as the Lady Indians have outscored their first three opponents 34-0.

"They both have worked so hard in the offseason," Clarke head coach Lindsay Diehl said. "This is our third game and it's the third time they've shut teams out. I feel really confident with both of them on the mound. I'm pleased with the way they've started the season off."

Only three times did Creston hitters work a three-ball count against the Clarke pitchers.

It was a disappointing result for Creston head coach Mike McCabe, who felt his team did a solid job of putting the bat on the ball against Winterset's Karly Olson the previous night.

"I give credit to the pitching on that side," McCabe said. "I'm coming off last night where I thought our kids ... maybe I patted them on the back a little too much. I thought we did an excellent job of making contact and putting the ball in play (Thursday). I'm going to give credit where credit is due, and I thought their kids who were on the mound did an outstanding job."

Clarke hopped on the board early in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Vanessa Bakley reached on a walk and then Kennedy Crees laid down a bunt that allowed her to reach first base, and then both runners advanced as the bases weren't being covered.

Bemis then hit an RBI single between the third baseman and shortstop to score Bakley. Bemis later scored on a squeeze bunt by Devon Carson to make it 2-0.

Junior Carley Robins led off the second inning with a home run blast over the scoreboard in straightaway center field, easily clearing the fence marked at 200 feet.

"Offensively, they hit pretty well up and down the lineup," McCabe said. "You've got an 8-hitter who hits one over their center field scoreboard. Pretty good indication they're a good hitting team."

Eight of the nine batters in Clarke's lineup recorded a hit in the game. The Lady Indians totaled 12 hits in the game.

"One through nine are all kids who can take gap shots and hit doubles and hit the ball out of the park," Diehl said. "I feel like every kid in the lineup is a threat. They've spent a lot of time in the gym in the offseason swinging bats, and it's going to pay off for them this year."

Creston pitcher Haylee LaMasters issued seven walks and struck out three batters in the loss.

Clarke 10, Creston 0


Creston 000 00 — 0 0 1

Clarke 210 52 — 10 12 0

Haylee LaMasters 3K 7BB and Natalie Mostek. Libby Bemis 9K 0BB, Carrie Kindred (5) 1K 0BB and Kassidy Spurgin. W — Bemis. L— LaMasters. HR — Cl: Carley Robins 1. 3B — none. 2B — none. RBI — Cl: Bemis 3, Devon Carson 2, Robins 2, Ashley Gibbs 1. Multiple hitters — Cl: Kennedy Crees 3, Bemis 3.

Clarke 14, East Union 0

AFTON — Clarke opened its season with a 14-0 romp of East Union here on May 21.

Leading 4-0 after the first inning, Clarke tacked on 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game by the 10-run mercy rule after five innings.

Libby Bemis went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and four runs batted in, while Ashley Gibbs went 2-3 with a double and three RBI.

Vanessa Bakley, Kennedy Crees, Devon Carson, Carley Robins, Kassidy Spurgin and Amanda Kindred each drove in one run for the Lady Indians.

Clarke totaled nine stolen bases in the game.

Carrie Kindred allowed just two hits in the game, while walking two and striking out five in five innings.

Clarke 10, Knoxville 0

KNOXVILLE — Libby Bemis pitched a five-inning no-hitter with one walk and six strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Knoxville here on May 23.

Bemis helped her own cause at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI.

Ashley Gibbs hit a home run and drove in two runs for Clarke, while Vanessa Bakley and Kennedy Crees each had multiple hits and drove in two runs. Carley Robins went 2-3 with one RBI.

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