CLARKSVILLE — It didn’t take long for Clarksville to institute its game plan Friday night against Janesville.
The host Indians were the visiting team on the scoreboard, but the home crowd was entertained early as they knocked out eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-2, Class 1A, Region 4 victory.
Clarksville (26-2) received its early jolt from freshman Chloe Ross who stepped to the plate with bases loaded and cleared them with a double as part of that initial eight-run outburst.
“It has been like this all year,” Ross said of 1A’s sixth-ranked team. “Our team just feeds off one another and once someone starts hitting then we all start hitting. I was really nervous before the game, though, as we had already played them twice this year.”
Both games went in favor of the Indians 13-1 and 8-3.
“It is always hard to try and beat a team three times in one year,” added Ross. “We were told before the game that nothing that had happened before matters right now. We wanted to get on them early and we did.”
By the time Clarksville’s half of the first inning was complete, 13 players made their way to the plate. Freshman Ainsley Lovrien drove in Ross with a single. Lovrien and Janet Borchardt scored on a double by Cheyenne Behrends. Bethany Negen followed that shot up with a double of her own that chased Behrends home.
“We told the girls that we would like to score at least four or five runs in the first few innings,” Indians coach Katie Wedeking said. “We were fortunate to have gotten more. We told the girls that we needed to enter this game with the mindset to dominate no matter what, and they did against a very good Janesville team.”
Eight of the nine players got at least one base hit, with the exception of starting pitcher Kori Wedeking who drew three walks.
Wedeking also kept the Wildcats’ bats quiet for most of the evening by striking out six, and watching her teammates turn in great plays on the defensive side. Borchardt made a gem of a catch in the first from center field to stop a Wildcat rally.
“We have had some unexpected players step up for us this year and they play the game together so well,” Wedeking said.
Janesville did make some noise in the bottom of the first as Lily Liekweig walked then made it home on a hard hit single by Morgan Charley.
After giving up a pair of runs to the Indians in the second, the Wildcats once again tried to get the offense moving.
Bailey Hoff took advantage of the walk she was given by scoring on Liekweig’s single.
“This game came down to pitching and they have a very good pitcher there,” Janesville coach Shelly Sorensen said. “She has great speed on her pitches, we dialed in on her a couple times, but they just out hit us all night.”
The Indians posted four more runs in the third inning to ice the game, sending the Janesville home after an 18-19 season.
“After the game we had some time with the players and I told our seniors that we appreciated what they have brought to this team,” Sorensen said.
Clarksville will face another familiar opponent Monday as the Indians play North Butler with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Clarksville has swept the season series by scores of 3-0 and 2-0.
Clarksville 14, Janesville 2
Clarksville 824 —14 11 1
Janesville 110 —2 2 2
Wedeking and Negen. Hoff, Rieken (2) and Liekweig, Hoff (2). 2B—Behrends, Negen, Holub, Ross (Clarksville).