Creston softball blanks Clarinda


An eight-run fifth inning boosted Creston to a 10-0 win Tuesday over visiting Clarinda.

Gracie Hagle, Peyton Rice, Neveah Randall, Halle Evans, Jacy Kralik and Jersey Foot all scored runs in the inning.

Creston finished the game with six hits including two doubles and a homerun.

Creston’s first run was in the second inning as Evans crossed the plate thanks to a hit by Sophie Hagle. Clarinda threatened to score in the third with baserunners, but Creston pitcher Kelly Coen and the defense did not let them get to home plate.

Coen finished the game with four strikeouts.

The Panthers second run came in the third when Randall hit the ball to center infield sending Rice home from third. Rice was able to get on base because of a Clarinda error. Creston reached on base five times because of Clarinda errors.

Hagle led Creston at the plate with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored.

Creston dropped a doubleheader Monday at Atlantic.

Game two had more offensive production for Creston, despite losing 13-7. Atlantic was up 4-0 at the end of the second inning before Creston tied the score in its half of the third. Atlantic quickly took the lead back by scoring three in the third.

The Panthers answered by scoring three in the third tying the game at 7 heading into the fifth. Atlantic scored another four which eventually put the game out of reach for Creston.

Gracie Hagle led the Panthers with three hits, including a home run and a double. She also had two RBIs.

As a team, Creston finished with 10 hits and walked twice. Creston also struck out 10 times.

Taryn Fredrickson threw three innings for Creston and had a strikeout. As a team, Atlantic had 13 hits including four doubles. Atlantic walked four times.

Game one was not near as back-and-forth as each team scored only in three innings. Creston had a 2-0 lead heading into Atlantic’s half of the second before the Trojans scored one. Atlantic tied the game in the fourth and won the game with a run in the seventh.

Morgan Driskell led Creston with two hits and a RBI. As a team, Creston had seven hits and drew two walks. Creston struck out 11 times.

Keely Coen pitched the game for Creston and finished with two strike outs. Atlantic had six hits, three walks and struck out twice.

Creston (5-7) plays 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at Shenandoah.

Dakota Winslow contributed to this story.