By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — CAMANCHE — They did it once, so they figured why not do it again?
Camanche beat Clinton for the second time Wednesday evening in high school softball, shutting out the River Queens 6-0 in the rematch on its home field.
“The kids like to compete against Clinton,” Camanche coach Erin Schlotfeldt said. “They get a little more amped up. It was nice to follow up the first win (a 4-2 victory May 24 at Clinton) and get another one.”
Clinton coach Trina Cewe would have liked to see the same enthusiasm from her team for the entire game.
“The kids came pumped up, but after the second inning of hitting, the spark wasn’t there anymore,” she said. “It doesn’t take much to put our fire out. We came out in the first inning and I thought we hit real well.”
Hitting wasn’t and issue for the Queens (0-5). They outhit the Indians 7-5.
“It was just a lack of scoring,” Cewe said. “I was disappointed in our offense. Morgan (Mussmann of Camanche) pitched a good game, but we had runners on and plenty of opportunities.”
The best one came in the top of the fourth inning when Keirstyn Davis led off with one of her three hits and a one-out double by Kayla Altemeier put runners on second and third. But Mussmann retired Halee Vicks and Jenna Stremlow on called third strikes to end the threat.
“Looking at strikes with runners on is a no-no, obviously,” Cewe said.
Mussmann said recording a shutout wasn’t a priority.
“It’s kind of a if it happens it happens,” she said. “We have a solid defense.”
The Indians (3-3) made the most of their hits, too, thanks in part to defensive mistakes by Clinton. Only two of the six runs were earned, and Camanche had just one RBI.
“I like them being aggressive at the plate — we hit the ball hard — and aggressive on the bases,” Scholtfeldt said. “We take advantage of our speed.”
The Indians broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth inning. It could have been worse for the River Queens — Davis, Clinton’s shortstop, robbed Kylie Vogel of a leadoff hit with a leaping grab of her line drive — but it also could have been another shutout inning for pitcher Sydney Davis.
Clinton got into trouble after a one-out walk and a two-out single by Sydney Grell. Allie Lefebure hammered a shot to left field, but Hunter Chapman misplayed the ball, allowing Julia Moore and Grell to score on the error.
“I think she was too anxious,” Cewe said. “She knew she had to get to it, and she got to it. One error won’t kill you, but a series of errors will.”
That’s just what happened.
Lefebure advanced to second on the play. Mussmann followed with an infield single that put runners on the corners, and Lefebure scored on an error as courtesy runner Bailey Mensinger stole second base.
Two more errors led to a Camanche run in the fifth inning. Camanche completed its scoring in the sixth when Mussmann singled with one out. Mensinger ran again and moved up twice on a pair of wild pitches before Maddie Parker walked. After fouling off two 3-2 pitches, Jordan Goldbeck hit the ball to short, but Mensinger beat the throw to the plate.
Allyson Whitehead came in to pitch, and Lindsey Grams greeted her with an RBI single to center field to complete the scoring.
“We’re starting to get there — in our groove — with some games under our belts,” Mussmann said after the Indians played for the third day in a row after several rainouts in the first two weeks.
CAMANCHE 6, CLINTON 0
Clinton 000 000 0 — 0 7 4
Camanche 000 312 x — 6 5 0
Sydney Davis (5 1/3 ip, 3 h, 6 r, 2 er, 2 bb, 0 so), Allyson Whitehead (2/3 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 0 so) and Cara Brewer; Morgan Mussmann (7 ip, 7 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 7 so) and Jordan Goldbeck. Multiple hits — Clinton (Keirstyn Davis 3); Camanche (Mussmann 2). 2B — Clinton (Kayla Altemeier); Camanche (Allie Lefebure). RBI — Camanche (Lindsey Grams).