Harlan Community sophomore Morgan Schaben pitched three innings for the game-one win and also had a big day at the plate during the Cyclones’ doubleheader sweep at Clarinda on Thursday. (File photo)

HCHS softball bats come alive in doubleheader sweep

Cyclones outhit Clarinda 29-3; win 19-1 and 14-1

 CLARINDA -- The Harlan Community softball team finished the week on a high note Thursday, crushing 29 total hits in a doubleheader sweep at Clarinda with wins of 19-1 in three innings and 14-1 in five.
 HCHS outhit the winless Cardinals 29-3 overall as four players - Kaylie Briggs, Molly Gubbels, Morgan Schaben and Madison Parman - notched at least two hits in each game. Briggs, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles in the night cap, led the team with six total hits and six runs scored.
 The offensive outburst came on the heels of a three-game losing skid in which the Cyclones scored just four runs in three nights. The pitching of Schaben and Emily Brouse was also solid and only two errors were committed in the twin bill as HCHS improved to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference.
 “It was great to see the girls relax, have fun and crush the ball,” said Cyclone coach Brooke Schaben. “Up and down the lineup we saw confident swings no matter what the count was. Our lineup is talented enough to swing like that all the time.”
Game 1 recap:
 HCHS followed up a seven-run first inning with 12 runs in the second to clobber the Cardinals 19-1 in a matinee game stopped after just three innings.
 Schaben (2-4) allowed just one hit in the shortened contest and the only Clarinda run was unearned. She also went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI at the plate.

Game 2 recap:
 HCHS blew open the night cap with seven runs in the fourth inning and finished with 18 hits (seven for extra bases) in a 14-1 victory.
 Brouse (4-4) pitched a five-inning two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, walking two and hitting one batter.

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