The Clinton River Queens softball team captured a pair of victories while losing one Saturday to place third at the independence tournament.
Coach Trina Cewe’s Queens opened the day with a 9-2 decision over the Warriors of Wapsie Valley. Clinton then lost 1-0 to the host Independence Mustangs of the WaMaC Conference under the international rules tiebreaker situation.
Laece Combs belted a bases-loaded triple in the last half of the seventh inning of the third game, giving the River Queens a 6-5 win over the Denver Cyclones.
Clinton grabbed a 3-0 lead over Wapsie Valley in the second inning. After the Warriors sent one runner home in the third inning, making it 3-1, both teams scored in the fifth before the River Queens iced the victory with a five-run sixth. Rachel Ryan, Katelyn Ryan and Keirstyn Davis all collected two hits in the contest, Davis getting a triple and three runs batted in.
“I was pleased with our offense (nine hits) in this game,” said Cewe. “It was a good first game for us.”
Independence (15-5 after its victory over the River Queens) and Clinton played seven scoreless innings before the international rule was put in. effect. The Mustangs scored their run in the top of the eighth.
“This game was a pitchers’ duel,” Cewe said. “Maddison Daniels pitched her best game of the season in this game. She battled against a senior pitcher and held her own. Our defense was outstanding, taking away base hits and making the routine plays. Independence has beat multiple ranked teams this year, and they have great tradition. It was a good game overall. Indee produced in the eighth inning and we weren’t able to.”
Under the International tiebreaker rule, after seven innings, each team starts with a runner on second base, then play until reaching three outs, no matter how many runs are scored.
Independence sacrificed the runner to third, then scored on an RBI single. In the last of the eighth, the River Queens had two sacrifice attempts, both short pop fly balls, before their third out.
Daniels gave up just four hits in the game. Catie Flaucher of Independence was tagged for only two safeties off River Queen bats. The Mustangs played errorless ball, Clinton had only a single miscue.
Clinton was the home team against the Cyclones and scored single runs in both the first and second innings. Denver put a big four on the scoreboard in the top of the third but Cewe’s Queens came back with one run, making it 4-3 Denver. The Cyclones grabbed a 5-3 advantage in the fifth before Combs switched the lead in the bottom of the seventh.
“We were running out of gas in this game,” Cewe said. “It was our third straight game of the day, and it showed. We made a couple of costly errors and Denver led the majority of the game.
“In the bottom of the seventh we made a run for it by having four hits in a row. Laece hit her game-winning triple to the right-field fence with bases loaded,” she said. “It was a total team effort, and I was proud of the girls’ comeback.
“Laece and Maddison were named to the all-tournament team, and we finished in third place. I was happy with the end result.”
Following the 2-1 weekend the River Queens have a 9-11 overall record.
Clinton travels to North Scott today, returning to the Eagle Heights diamond on Thursday against Davenport West.
CLINTON 9, WAPSIE VALLEY 2
Clinton 030 015 0 — 9 9 2
Wapsie Valley 001 010 0 — 2 5 2
Maddison Daniels and Kierstyn Davis; Mara Huebner and Wittenburg. WP - Daniels. LP - Huebner. Two or more hits - Clinton (Rachel Ryan, Kierstyn Davis, Katelyn Ryan), WV (Ashley Snyder). 3B - K. Davis. RBI - Cln (Combs 2, Davis 3, Arti Bhakta, K, Ryan), WV (Snyder).
INDEPENDENCE 1, CLINTON 0 (8 innings)
Independ. 000 000 01 — 1 4 0
Clinton 000 000 00 — 0 2 1
Catie Flaucher and Kaylin Hickson; Maddison Daniels and Kierstyn Davis. WP - Flaucher. LP - Daniels. RBI - Indee (Gates).
CLINTON 6, DENVER 5
Denver 004 010 0 — 5 5 0
Clinton 111 000 3 — 6 10 3
Sarah Lohmann and Whitney Matlack; Courtney Harlock, Halee Vicks (4), Maddison Daniels (7) and Keirstyn Davis. WP - Daniels. LP - Lohmann. Two or more hits - Denver (Lohmann 2), Clinton (Combs 2, Sarah Judge 2). 3B - Clinton (Combs, Brittney Peska, Davis). RBIs - Denver (Lohmann 1, Brianna Farley 1), Clinton (Combs 3, R. Ryan 2, Judge 1).