Clarke earns state tournament berth
OTTUMWA — Clarke junior left fielder Kennedy Crees sent a raucous Clarke crowd into absolute pandemonium here Monday night when she slapped a walkoff single over the shortstop’s head in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Lady Indians a 3-2 win over Class 3A No. 2 West Burlington Notre Dame.
“Holy smokes! That was so amazing,” Clarke head softball coach Lindsay Diehl said. “I couldn’t be more proud to call that group of kids my kids.”
The Lady Indians entered the bottom of the seventh inning of the Class 3A Region 6 finals trailing 2-1 and needed a rally to earn the school’s second-ever state tournament berth. The only other state trip resulted in a state championship in 1995.
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