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Clipper softball off to a 2-0 start

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team started their 2011 campaign with a pair of wins last week, dispatching Mid-Prairie 12-4 Wednesday in Wellman, and pounding Maquoketa 8-1 at home on Thursday evening.
Against Maquoketa, the Clippers threatened the Cardinals in the bottom of the first inning as lead-off batter Amy Kalkhoff singled, and reached second on an error. Caitlin Wnek singled, advancing Kalkhoff to third. Wnek stole second before Maliah Fligg was walked. Unfortunately, the Clippers were unable to capitalize on this fortuitous occurrence.
CCA struck again in the third as Wnek singled and again stole second. Fligg nailed an RBI single bringing Wnek in for the Clippers’ first run. Kara Brant came in as a courtesy runner for Fligg and advanced on a Tara Walls single. A bunt by Mariah McKinnon turned into a two-RBI effort that ended up with her reaching third base.
Two more runs came in the fourth as Jazmyne Neely and Fran Strub both singled and were driven home on a 2-run RBI double from Mallory Madsen, giving the Clippers a 5-0 lead. Walls put the Clippers’ sixth run on the board in the fifth inning.
The Cardinals posted their solitary run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single.
The Clippers retaliated as Neely led-off in the bottom of the inning with a single. Strub belted-out an RBI triple to score Neely. Madsen smacked an RBI single to score Strub for the eighth and final run of the night.
Fligg worked six innings, striking out five and giving up one run.