Clarke tops ranked Winterset, EBF
Class 3A's top-ranked Clarke Lady Indians picked up a pair of wins over ranked foes Winterset and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.
Left fielder Carley Robins hit a two-run home run the second inning and threw a runner out at the plate in a 2-1 victory by the top-ranked Lady Indians over Class 4A No. 15 Winterset on June 10.
After Sara Andrew singled, Robins hit a one-out homer to break a scoreless tie.
In the fourth, Winterset put two on base with a walk and the first hit off Libby Bemis by Macy Johnson. Kylie McDonald hit a run-scoring single, but Johnson was thrown out by Robins trying to score from second on the play.
Kennedy Crees and Andrew each had two hits for Clarke. Bemis allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one in a pitching duel with Winterset sophomore Regan Thompson.
Clarke followed that win with a 9-1 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on June 12, then ranked No. 5 in Class 2A. The Rockets are now ranked sixth.
Bemis issued a pair of walks in the top of the first inning, which led to Hagean Boyer scoring on a fielder's choice to put the Rockets ahead 1-0 early.
But that lead didn't last long, as Bemis helped her own cause with a two-run home run to center field in the bottom half of the inning.
The hits kept coming for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the second inning, as Devon Carson and Robins hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Amanda Kindred loaded the bases, reaching on a fielder's choice, which set up an RBI single by Sydnee Redman.
Kennedy Crees then drew a walk to score a run. Mackenzi Otto, running for Kindred, later scored on a double play.
Clarke added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Andrew led off with a single and Kassidy Spurgin drew a walk. Carson then blasted a three-run home run to right field, putting Clarke on top 8-1.
After back-to-back groundouts to third base, Redman hit a ball off the top of the fence in center field, which then bounced over the fence for a home run, making the score 9-1.
That score held as the final, as Bemis allowed only four baserunners after the first inning.
Nataliah Hopkins led off the top of the fourth inning with a double for the Rockets, but Robins showed off her arm once again, gunning Hopkins down at the plate on a Sadie Boffer single.
Clarke also beat ADM, Adel 8-0 on June 11.
The Lady Indians dropped four games in Cedar Rapids over the weekend, losing 5-4 to Southeast Polk, 11-2 to Boone, 4-2 to Johnston and 9-3 to Iowa City Regina.
Clarke bounced back with a 5-4 win over Albia in South Central Conference play on Monday.
Stats for those games were unavailable at press time.
Clarke now sports a record of 10-7 for the season and remains unbeaten in SCC play.
(OST sports writer Larry Peterson contributed to this report.)