OXFORD — The seventh-ranked Solon Lady Spartans handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their second loss of the season with a 10-6 effort on the Clippers’ home diamond last Thursday night.
The CCA JV picked up a 7-2 win, featuring a homer by Maddy Beckler, to open the hot and humid night. The Clippers started sweating early as Solon put up a run in the top of the first inning and added four more in the second. Clipper defense held the Lady Spartans scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings; but suffered through a four-run sixth. Solon’s final run came in the seventh.
CCA scored twice in the bottom of the first as Caitlin Wnek brought in Fran Strub, and Mallory Madsen scored Amy Kalkhoff. Tara Walls scored in the third on a Solon error after walking to first and advancing on a Madsen single and pop-up by Maria Hennes. Jazmyne Neely drove-in Madsen with an RBI single as well for a two-run inning, and a one-run deficit.
A sacrifice fly ball by Wnek scored Neely in the bottom of the sixth, and an RBI double by Mallory Neubauer scored Walls in the seventh. Mariah McKinnon opened in the circle for the Clippers and was relieved by Maliah Fligg in the third inning.
The Lady Spartans had 13 hits on the night, the Clippers 10 with four errors.
In the July 1 rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Clippers had dropped to second while the Lady Spartans rose to fourth. Carlisle was the new number one team with a 31-1 record in Class 3A.
“I’m disappointed. There are some things defensively we need to do some work on, we need to shore-up a few things,” CCA Coach Jim White said. The upset came, predictably, as a shock to the girls in red, white and blue; who brought a 28-1 record into the contest, and have won the annual friendly rivalry for several years.
“I think they just assume they’re going to win, and that’s a good thing.”