WILLIAMS - Clarksville was never able to explode offensively when limited to just three outs. But when given four, five and even six outs on occasion, the Indians teed off.
And the result was another frustrating outing for Northeast Hamilton head coach Dave Hilton and his players.
The Trojets committed eight errors that led to 10 unearned runs on a sweltering evening here yesterday, as Clarksville received key hits when given extra opportunities in an 11-1 Iowa Star Conference victory.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Clarksville’s Tayler Maiers (12) slides safely into third base as Northeast Hamilton infielder Caity Hassebrock pulls in the relay throw from the outfield during the first inning of yesterday’s Iowa Star Conference clash in Williams. Clarksville took advantage of eight Trojet errors to roll to an 11-1 victory.
The Indians swept the two-game season series by matching scores.
Northeast Hamilton pitcher Molly Greenfield did her job. Yes, she allowed 10 hits - four of which went for extra bases - but half of the Indians base knocks came after the third out should have been recorded. Greenfield walked four and struck out two.
"I feel sorry for Molly because she pitched really well, but she just doesn't get any support," Hilton said after his club dipped to 3-16 overall and 1-7 in the ISC. "It's been the story of our season and it's kind of disheartening because I don't know if any improvement is being made. That's the disappointing thing."
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Kimberly Wedeking and Megan Backer. Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. W-Wedeking. L-Greenfield. 2B-CLARK: Wedeking, Backer, Kayla Mennenga (2). 3B-NEH: Jeffers. RBI-CLARK: Wedeking (2), Mennenga, Bell Vance, Madison Bloker, Hannah Faust; NEH: Greenfield.
Kimberly Wedeking picked up the win in the circle for Clarksville (10-2, 8-1 ISC), and she also went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in at the top of the Indians' order. Wedeking opened the contest with a double off the fence in left-center field, and an inning later she plated two runs on a single to left that gave Clarksville a 3-0 lead.
Wedeking gave up just four hits - three off the bat of Trojets' lead-off stick Jennifer Jeffers - and sat down eight batters on strikes. She fanned five consecutive during one stretch in the second and third innings, and she erased the final six batters of the game.
"Clarksville is a good team. They're solid," Hilton said. "(Wedeking) is a good pitcher and she's been there forever it seems like. I think they'll have the opportunity to go someplace in the (postseason) tournament."
Kayla Mennenga bashed a pair of doubles and collected one RBI for the visitors, and Megan Backer also found the gap for an extra base hit.
Clarksville's first six runs were all unearned. The only blemish on Greenfield's line came on a fifth-inning Madison Bloker RBI sacrifice bunt that plated Mennenga, who two batters earlier laced a shot into right-center.
It was 10-0 in the bottom of the sixth when NEH fended off the mercy rule. Jeffers opened the frame with her third hit - a triple between converging Clarksville outfielders in right-center - and she scored one pitch later when Greenfield ripped a grounder to the right side of the infield.
Jeffers blooped a single into right in the first inning, and in the fourth she beat out an infield hit.
"JJ is a great hitter this year," Hilton said. "She's hitting over .400 and she's doing a real nice job for us."
Leah Meyer was the only other Trojet to get the better of Wedeking; she ripped a fastball into left field for a single in the fifth.
NEH will hit the road on Wednesday to face Green Mountain Garwin.