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

Kristi Nixon

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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.

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