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May 31, 2014

Camanche defeats Clinton in softball

CAMANCHE — Clinton’s softball team may not have won on Friday night against Camanche, but there are some things it is starting to figure out.

Camanche played its fifth game of the week and won 9-4. Clinton coach Emily Hoague and assistant Eric Splitter believe that team chemistry, as alluded to earlier this week, has strengthened since its home-opening loss to Northeast.

“I think they’re starting to get it,” Hoague said. “They’re not best friends at school or anything, but they’re best friends while on the field. I’m super proud of the positive attitude that we showed tonight, and 9-5 is not a bad game for us.”

Cara Brewer led off the game with a home run, her first of the season, and that gave the River Queens their first lead of the season.

“We’re having fun,” Hoague said. “They’re starting to realize I’m not a drill sergeant; I’m 24 years old and I’m just a softball coach.”

Kelsie French, the starting pitcher for the Indians, settled down after that, retiring the next three hitters.

Camanche wasn’t fazed by Clinton’s first-inning run. The Indians scored five of their own in the first inning, including a two-run triple by third baseman Julia Moore.

The Indians managed to hit through the entire lineup in the first inning, sending 10 to the plate. Clinton starter Grace Dornbush got out of the inning while allowing four hits and a couple walks.

Clinton scored again in the third inning, then plated two more in the fourth on a Jenna Stremlow RBI single.

Mercedes Chapman led off the sixth inning with a double and later scored on a Stremlow groundout.

The Indians scored their final four runs in next consecutive four innings while applying pressure on the Clinton defense.

“There are some things we need to clean there,” Hoague said. “We’re still throwing the ball around, and we’re still working on 100 percent effort in the outfield.”

Stremlow made a diving catch in center field for the second out in the bottom of the sixth.

French and Dornbush both threw complete games for their teams, and French spun five strikeouts around the five runs (all earned) on four hits.

“We lost a little bit of our enthusiasm, but overall we did some nice things,” Camanche coach Erin Schlotfeldt said. “We’ve had one whole team practice, but they’re doing a nice job of taking things and turning them into the game.”

Schlotfeldt said there was some difficulty having athletes still competing in spring sports, predominantly Lindsey Grams and Kylie Vogel in tennis. (State tennis is Thursday in Iowa City.)

“It’s hard, but they work hard in making both practices work,” Schlotfeldt said. “I want them to be successful in everything they do, so I stick around after practice is over and give them the extra work needed.”

Both squads head to Dubuque this afternoon in a tournament hosted by Dubuque Wahlert.

CAMANCHE 9, CLINTON 5

Clinton      101     201     0     —     5     4      4

Camanche      511     110     x     —     9     4     2

Grace Dornbush (6 ip, 4 h, 9 r) and Cara Brewer. Kelsie French ( 7 ip, 4 h, 5 r, 4 er, 3 bb, 4 so) and Libby Schnoor. 2B — (Clinton) Mercedes Chapman; (Camanche) Bailey Mensinger. 3B — CAM (Julia Moore). HR — CLI (Brewer.)        

 

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