CLINTON — The Clinton River Queen offense went cold in a 10-0 shutout loss to the Linn-Mar Lions at home on Wednesday night.
Linn-Mar pitcher, junior Maddy Ryan, completely shut the River Queen’s offense down. She allowed two hits on the night, walking only one.
“It was a really good team win,” said Ryan. “We all know we have each other’s backs.”
In addition, Ryan delivered ten strikeouts to the 19 batters she faced.
“She’s pitching really well,” said Linn-Mar coach John Begley said of Ryan. “She’s a very good competitor, she’s a very good fielder on the mound, and she’s done a great job for us.”
On the other side, Clinton coach Emily Hoague saw the difficulty the Clinton offense had on Ryan.
“She was a very good pitcher, and they didn’t adjust,” Hoague said. “She had a very good dropball; I told the team that she was going to have one good pitch and rest would be junk.”
Clinton was held scoreless by Ryan for the entire game, and didn’t put a hit on the board until the fourth inning.
However, they were unable to capitalize on the two consecutive singles from sophomores Brandy Peska and Jenna Stremlow.
Linn-Mar exploded against Clinton pitchers Sydney Davis, Grace Dornbush and Allison McQuistion.
Senior Katie Sommer started the first inning with a lead-off single, advancing to second on a stolen base. A single from Christina Lincoln drove in Sommer and gave the Lions a 1-0 lead.
“Keeping a good program like Linn-Mar is with less runs early was great to see,” Hoague said. “We did well in that first inning, but like I told the girls, we need to win the rest of the innings.”
The second inning the Lions were retired in order, but Sommer led off the third with another single and stolen base. Sommer scored on a triple from Ryan, who immediately scored on a throwing error from second, leaving a runner on second for the Lions.