CLARINDA – Freshman Kaylah Degase hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the Clarinda Cardinals within one, but they couldn’t find another run in a 9-8 loss to Glenwood, Tuesday, June 23.
“We fought hard,” Clarinda head coach Seth Allbaugh said. “Kaylah hits the big home run to get it to one. That’s big for a freshman.”
Hallee Fine started the final inning with a double to the wall in center field, her fourth hit of the game. Jillian Graham followed with a single before Degase’s long ball just left of dead center. Glenwood pitcher Taryn Bertini responded well, though, retiring the next three to preserve the win.
The three-run seventh came right after Clarinda pitcher Aziah Smalley started a 1-2-3 double play that got her out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top half and kept Clarinda in striking distance. Allbaugh said they couldn’t quite pull off the victory, but the girls showed terrific fight down the stretch.
“We’re energized,” said Allbaugh. “We were down last week and struggling mentally. Hopefully this will give us a boost into Thursday and Friday, a couple home games. I think we’ll be ready to go.”
Allbaugh said it was by far the best offensive performance of the young season as the Cardinals ripped off 15 hits to go with the eight runs.
Bradlie Wilmes, Emmy Allbaugh, Makayla Fichter, Graham and Degase all had two hits.
The loss dropped the Cardinals to 0-5 overall and in the conference, but Allbaugh said his team is improving quickly and showed it Tuesday.
“We have some stuff to clean up on defense,” said Allbaugh, “but we fought hard. “We’re coming. We just got to keep going.”
Glenwood led nearly the entire game, scoring a run in the first, two in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth. Smalley gave up 12 hits and five walks, but she struck out eight and is finding her game, according to Allbaugh.
“Aziah’s location is a lot better,” said Allbaugh. “She is starting to get in better throwing shape. The long layoff was hard on everybody. She’s starting to feel it now and is mixing in her change-up. I like what I have seen out of her.”
Braden Liddick was Glenwood’s top offensive performer with three hits and five RBIs. The Rams improved to 3-2 overall and in the conference.