OXFORD– The electricity bill for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will be a little lower next month thanks to the varsity softball team.
Its Class 4A Quarterfinal game Thursday night, July 11, was over and done with before the lights at the ball field were turned on.
In three innings of play, the Clippers took it to the Grinnell Tigers, 13-1, earning a trip to Carlisle on Saturday, July 13, for the regional semifinal facing Carlisle.
Grace Chabal only gave up one hit while issuing seven strikeouts, and suffered one unearned run which scored on an error in the top of the third inning.
Offensively, the Clippers put up five runs in the first inning and six in the second before the final two runs in the third ended the game under the mercy rule.
Tara Walls belted out a two-run homer in the first, followed by an RBI double from Eden Campbell. RBI singles in the second inning came off the bats of Molly Villhauer, Marisa Henze, Campbell and Courtney James. Megan Beckler also had an RBI double in the inning.
Villhauer batted-in a run in the third while a passed ball brought in the winning run.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Rachel West, in her first season at the helm of the CCA program. “I told the girls we needed to come out and play our game, and that’s what we did tonight. It was great to see our team hit the ball well. Grace (Chabal) did so well, seven K’s, you couldn’t ask for more from your senior pitcher.”
The Clippers faced a much stiffer challenged Saturday night (July 13) in Carlisle as they met the Carlisle Wildcats and suffered a season-ending 10-3 loss. CCA finished the season 23-16 and says goodbye to seniors Maliah Fligg, Tara Walls, Grace Chabal and Marisa Henze.