Clarksville dukes it out with Collins-Maxwell in 1A final

Clarksville courtesy runner jumps into the arms of Cheyenne Behrends as they scored the tying runs in the third inning of the Indians’ Class 1A title game against Collins-Maxwell. (Kristi Nixon photo)

FORT DODGE – It was hard to describe the rollercoaster of emotions Clarksville’s players were going through in a 4-3 Class 1A state final loss to defending state champion Collins-Maxwell.

The Indians found themselves in a 2-0 hole right away, rallied to tie it, eventually went ahead when it seemed like crunch-time, only to have a pair of errors haunt them in the bottom half of the sixth inning.

And all-state pitcher Mikayla Houge bore down with the lead, recording only her second 1-2-3 inning of the game with the 2-3-4 Clarksville hitters up.

Cheyenne Behrends, who had been 3-for-3 prior to her final at-bat in which she rolled into a ground-out to third, said she felt good going to the plate.

“I was feeling pretty confident because I was hitting off her pretty good tonight,” Behrends said. “I was confident going into that at-bat, obviously I had some non-confidence in my head because I made some errors at short I shouldn’t have made..."

The full story appears in the Aug. 1 print edition of the Clarksville Star.