The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

June 11, 2013

Bulldogs score big over Clinton

CLINTON — A deep Bettendorf lineup was on display Monday night in Clinton.

During Game 2 of the Mississippi Athletic Conference softball doubleheader between the Bulldogs and River Queens, a 10-run fifth inning was punctuated by a Sarah Kennedy grand slam. It was Kennedy’s second score of the frame, a no-out, no-doubt blast over the right-field fence, forcing Clinton to make its second pitching switch in the inning.

Clinton finally stopped the bleeding, retiring three of the next four batters, but by then the game was out of reach and a sweep under way. The River Queens lost both contests, 13-2 in Game 1 and 16-3 in Game 2. Both games ended early from the 10-run rule.

“We just seemed dead in the first game, dead in the second game,” Clinton coach Trina Cewe said, adding that there seemed to be “lack of spirit” from the squad. “(Bettendorf is) a really good hitting team. There’s a reason they’re rated 10th in the state.

“But we didn’t have good pitching performances either. ... Lapses on defense. We weren’t aggressive with the bats, and when we were aggressive, (the ball) was out of the strike zone.”

Clinton managed only six hits between both games. Bettendorf pitchers DoniRae Mayhew (Game 1) and Mackenzie Helgerson (Game 2) tallied six and nine strikeouts, respectively, through five-inning games. Offensively, the Bulldogs produced 14 and 16 hits, coming to a climax in the nightcap with nine hits in the fifth inning.

“Those are moments you’re wanting to put up big numbers,” Bettendorf coach Mark Lewis said. His team improved to 8-3 (4-2 MAC). “They sat on (Clinton’s) pitchers pretty well and did a good job.”

Bettendorf jumped on the board immediately in the opener. Kennedy, Maggie Williams, Abby Michaelis and Mayhew — the Bulldogs’ 1-4 batters — each scored in the first inning. Mayhew sent down all three River Queen batters in the bottom half to maintain a 4-0 lead.

Text Only
Sports
  • 7-22-14 15 or 17-Airborne tag A rally fit for Kings (with VIDEO)

    ELDRIDGE — It would have been easy for Clinton sophomore Nick Houzenga to be discouraged as he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning of the River Kings’ Class 4A substate semifinal against North Scott.After all, the Lancers had already bui

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-22-14 Photo, Bowlsby Big 12 Commissioner issues warning about future DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.“You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”During his opening address

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trio of Queens earn honors ELDRIDGE -- Three members of the Clinton High softball team were named to the All-Mississippi Athletic Conference honorable mention squad Monday.Junior Cara Brewer and sophomores Sydney Davis and Jenna Stremlow received the honors.Brewer, a catcher-t

    July 22, 2014

  • Assumption spoils Sabers' strong start MAQUOKETA—Things fell apart quickly for the Central DeWitt Sabers on Monday night, as they fell 5-4 to the Davenport Assumption Knights in the Iowa Class 3A District 7 baseball final, ending their 2014 season.The Sabers (21-19-1) had complete control

    July 22, 2014

  • Win completes 4-2 road trip for LumberKings LANSING, Mich. – One day after a walk-off home run spoiled an opportunity for a series win, the Clinton LumberKings responded with a 2-1 series-clinching victory over the host Lansing Lugnuts in a Monday Midwest League baseball matinee at Cooley Law

    July 22, 2014

  • Sale pitches White Sox past Royals CHICAGO — About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn’t make Monday night was his case for the American League’s Cy Young Award.Then again, if he keeps pitching like he has so far this season, he won’t have to say much.Sale pitched seven effective in

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-21-14 9-Photo, Cubs Rizzo's big catch backfires PHOENIX — Things are going so badly for the Chicago Cubs, even a spectacular play backfires.First baseman Anthony Rizzo tumbled over a railing and into a camera well to make a catch, but a rule allowed the go-ahead run to score from third and the Cub

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 8-Photo, Cordova burnout Nitro Jam delivers thrills CORDOVA, Ill. -- Another beautiful night in Illinois gave way to a massive turnout to watch the final rounds of professional drag racing in the IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals on Saturday night at Cordova Dragway Park.The event, returning to Cordova

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 10-Photo, British Open McIlroy wire-to-wire at British HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy.On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.In the record book, he is listed behin

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 8-Photo, Marquette softball Last year motivates Marquette WILTON -- Marquette Catholic barely missed making a second consecutive trip to the Iowa softball state tournament a year ago. But, the 3-2 regional final loss to Gilbertville Don Bosco that prevented the return trip is a key reason the Mohawks are he

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports