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Historic trip ends quickly for the Creek Boys

CCA falls 4-3 to Norwalk in 3A state quarterfinal
The Clear Creek Amana Clippers hold up their Class 3A State Tournament Participant trophy after falling 4-3 to Norwalk in the quarterfinal round Tuesday, July 28, at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the first state baseball appearance for CCA in school history.

DES MOINES– A few too many errors, and too few runs combined to end Clear Creek Amana’s first Class 3A State Baseball Tournament appearance.
The Clippers fell 4-3 in the quarterfinal round to the Norwalk Warriors on Tuesday, July 28, at Principal Park stadium in Des Moines.
The Creek Boys took an early 1-0 lead as T.J. Bollers drove in Grant Jensen with a double to left field. The Warriors answered with two runs in the bottom of the second with an RBI triple and an unearned run. CCA loaded the bases in the fourth as a pitch hit Tyler Schrepfer, and Cade Armstrong and Stirlen Roberson walked. Schrepfer scored as Brock Reade also walked for a 2-2 tie. Unfortunately, what could’ve been a game-changing inning ended with Armstrong, Roberson and Reade left standing in the sun.
A pair of Clipper errors in the bottom of the inning allowed two Warriors to score and take a 4-2 advantage.
A three-up, three-down showing in the top of the fifth hurt the Creek Boys while a seventh-inning rally failed to materialize.
Reade led off with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Reece Hoffman, who was joined on base by Jensen (hit by pitch) and Ben Swails, who singled. Ogden was able to make it to first base and bring in Hoffman to cut the gap to 4-3. However, Swails was gunned down at second base, and Schrepfer had the unfortunate happenstance of knocking a pop-up ball into the waiting glove of the Norwalk shortstop for the final out of the game.
The Clippers’ four hits came from Bollers (double), Jensen, Swails and Ogden with Reade taking the loss on the mound and working the full game. Reade gave up five hits, four runs, walked four and struck out five. CCA’s short season ended at 16-6 while the Warriors improved to 18-5 and advanced to a Friday, July 31, semifinal contest against Marion. The Indians knocked off Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 3-1, and improved to 11-10 in their quarterfinal, played after the Clippers’ game.