CLARINDA – The Clarinda Cardinals scored four runs in the sixth inning to finish a come from behind 8-4 win over Shenandoah baseball, Monday, June 10.
The Cardinals overcame an early 4-1 deficit and had tied the game going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Clarinda sent nine batters to the plate that inning against Nick Mather, who gave up four hits, one walk and there was a Mustang error in the four-run frame. Clarinda had runners at the corners with two outs when Kam Falk doubled in the go-ahead run, and then Cooper Neal singled in one more. After a pair of walks, Wyatt Schmitt singled in two giving Clarinda its four-run advantage.
After Clarinda pitcher Sy Young struck out the Mustangs in order in the first inning, the Mustang offense put up three runs in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Owen McCunn reached on an error, and then with two outs he scored on another Cardinal error. The next three Mustangs walked with a passed ball scoring another run. Braden Knight added an RBI single for a 3-1 advantage.
McCunn smacked a double to drive in a run in the third to give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead.
“The second and third innings the offense was pretty good,” Shenandoah coach Brett Roberts said. “We had some good swings. Even at the end, we had good at-bats and good swings, we’re just missing it. We’re a little off. Some of the player’s swings have come a long way in a week and that’s the work they have put in.”
Young and Cooper Neal combined to let just two Mustangs on base in the final four innings.
Knight, McCunn, Cain Lorimor and AJ Herold had the Shenandoah hits with Lorimor and McCunn reaching base twice for the game.
Doyle threw 86 pitches in working the first four innings for the Mustangs. He gave up just one hit, but walked five and gave up three runs, two earned. Mather gave up six hits and five runs, one earned, in two innings.
“Blake was throwing well early,” said Roberts. “He had a rough third inning and then a kind of rough fourth. We weren’t getting that outside corner. He had a couple pitches working, but we got his (pitch count) elevated. Nick was hitting his spots and they just hit him, which happens sometimes. He did okay in a high leverage situation. He came in and did exactly what we asked him to do.”
A Mustang pitching staff that is missing three top starters due to injury still has four conference games left this week, all at home. The Mustangs were 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference after the loss.
Clarinda’s record improved to 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference.