CLARINDA – The Shenandoah Fillies scored three runs in the seventh inning to down Clarinda 8-5, Monday, June 10.
The Cardinals had just tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and were threatening for more with runners at second and third with no outs, but Clarinda tried a squeeze play on a bunt attempt, but no contact was made and Shenandoah was able to get the out at third base. Delanie Voshell, who entered the circle after Hallee Fine’s game-tying hit, struck out Jordyn McQueen and Kennedy Reed to get out of the inning with the game still tied.
Sara Morales and Natalie Gilbert opened the seventh inning with singles for the Fillies. After a fly out, Sidda Rodewald came through with an RBI single to give Shenandoah the lead. A passed ball and a Cayley Lorimor groundout plated two more runs to give Shenandoah a little cushion.
Voshell retired the Cardinals in order in the home seventh to preserve a third consecutive win for the Fillies.
“It started in the bottom of the sixth, knowing they would run a squeeze play,” Shenandoah coach Aaron Burdorf said, “and executing what we wanted to do and getting the out at third. That gave us some momentum.”
That momentum continued into the top of the seventh.
“Sidda came through with a big hit down the line,” Burdorf said. “She had three quality at-bats. It’s good to see people hitting up and down the lineup. We hit the ball hard all night.”
It was a back and forth game that started with Alexis McGinnis’ RBI single to put Shenandoah up 1-0 in the top of the first. Fine gave Clarinda the lead in the home half with a two-run home run.
The teams traded runs in the second with Shenandoah scoring on an RBI triple by Lorimor. The Fillies tied the game on Voshell’s sacrifice fly in the fourth, and then took the lead in the fifth on a home run by Logan Hughes. Shenandoah added another in the fifth on an RBI single by Morales.
The first four reached in the sixth inning for the Cardinals with Fine driving in her third and fourth runs of the game with a single to tie the contest.
The Fillies outhit the Cardinals 11-9 for the game. McGinnis, Morales, Griffin and Rodewald all had two hits.
While Clarinda ended with nine hits and five runs, Burdorf felt Nichole Gilbert and Voshell stepped up when needed and pitched well.
“Delanie threw the game at St. Albert the other night and had been in that situation with a tie game in the late innings,” said Burdorf, “and she was able to throw strikes and get people out. Nichole threw a really good game. She had a couple balls land just over our heads in the sixth inning, but there’s nothing you can do about that. You just have to keep pitching and she has done an excellent job for us.”
Shenandoah improved to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with the win.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Cardinals, sinking their record to 3-10 and 0-7 in conference play.