Class 4A No. 12 Clear Creek Amana Escapes Game Two Jam, Sweeps Solon in WAMAC Twin Bill

Ryan Murken

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OXFORD – There wasn’t much stress for Clear Creek Amana in an 8-1 win over Solon in the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader between the WAMAC rivals.

The key to securing a sweep of the Spartans for the Clippers was handling the stressful moments in game two.

Class 4A No. 12 Clear Creek Amana wobbled out of a one-out jam with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of a one-run game en route to a 6-3 win over Solon in the nightcap in Oxford.

“These situations can be super stressful,” Clear Creek Amana sophomore Brenna Williams said. “Today we didn’t let that stress get to us.”

Clear Creek Amana built the momentum in game two, escaping the bases-loaded ham in the top of the fifth and scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Carley Nash that helped the Clippers complete the sweep complete.

The Clippers improved to 22-10 on the season with the sweep, while Solon fell to 13-18.

“I think this inning gave us a lot of confidence,” Williams said. “We settled in and we knew we had it.”

Clear Creek Amana raced to a win in the opener, breaking open a 1-1 game with six runs in the fourth inning.

Reese Stockman hit a six-run RBI single in the fourth inning, with Schulte providing the big blow with a two-run home run, her fourth of the season.

“I just make sure I get my pitch, the pitch I want,” Schulte said. “I got the one I wanted and was able to hit it hard.”

Game two was a little more stressful.

Clear Creek Amana scored three runs in the first inning and took a 4-3 lead on an RBI ground out by Addesyn Campbell in the fourth inning.

Solon got his chance in the fifth, loading the bases on back-to-back walks to Emerson Miller and Kendall Jensen and a single by Laeni Hinkle.

Schulte replaced junior McKenna Kelley in the circle and escaped the jam unscathed.

“I just had to make sure I kept my composure and turned the ball the way I needed to,” Schulte said. “My team is always behind me and in the dugout to cheer me on and that is always helpful.”

Schulte grounded out eighth-grader Solon Livya Nelson to third and Williams got the out at home.

The Clippers were the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce for the third out when catcher Sadie Hebl corralled a wild pitch from Schulte that came off the backstop and turned to Schulte in time for the runner to try to score from third.

“We’ve had a lot of confidence in Schulte all season,” Clear Creek Amana coach Jodie Scheetz said. “Having her come in and finish that inning just builds that confidence even further.”

Clear Creek Amana nearly put the game away with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Elizabeth Timmerman singled and after Campbell reached on an error, Nash pinch-hit and hit both with a two-run, line drive single to center field.

Schulte took care of the rest, as she gave up just one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as a reliever and struck out three.

Clear Creek Amana used three pitchers in both games, with Timmerman allowing two runs on two hits in the nightcap and Kelley giving up one run on one hit in 2 1/3.

“Our kids believe in what we do and they’re all doing great,” Scheetz said of the pitchers. “We want to go through the line-up and let’s bring in someone new.”

Game 1

Only 001 000 0 – 1 2 3

Clear Creek Amana 100 610 x – 8 7 2

W – Kyla Schulte L – Kendall Jensen

HR – CCA: Kyla Schulte

Game 2

Solon 111 000 0 – 3 4 4

Clear Creek Amana 301 020 x – 6 10 2

W – McKenna Kelley L – Kendall Jensen

2B – SOL: Addie Miller

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