(Clarinda) -- Shenandoah scored five runs in the final three innings of action to pick up an 8-5 victory over Clarinda Monday night in a game heard on KMA 960.
"The biggest thing is to continue to believe in the fact that were a good team and that we want to hit the ball hard," Shenandoah head coach Aaron Burdorf told KMA Sports after his teams victory.
Shenandoah broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning courtesy of Logan Hughes' fourth career home run. The Missouri Western basketball signee sent an Aziah Smalley pitch over the centerfield fence to give Shenandoah a 4-3 lead, the Fillies would then tack on another run to extend their lead to 5-3.
"I was just going up to the plate, feeling confidently," Hughes said, "I knew that if I got a good one I was going to swing wide at it and see what would happen."
Clarinda responded in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5. The Cardinals had runners on the corners with zero outs in the tie game, but could not send any more runners across in the frame.
Shenandoah's bats then sizzled in the seventh inning. Sophomore Sidda Rodewald connected on a full-count pitch, sending the ball to the gap in left to give the Fillies the go-ahead run.
"I was just telling myself don't swing at anything not in the zone, to keep calm and wait for that pitch." Rodewald said.
Shenandoah then added two insurance runs and pitcher Delaney Voshell retired the side to secure the victory for the Fillies.
The Fillies finished the evening with 11 total hits. Rodewald, Alexis McGinnis, Sara Morales and Natalie Gilbert each had two hits apiece for Shenandoah. Delaney Vosehll was credited with the victory in the circle. Voshell threw two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking just one. Nichole Gilbert started the game for the Fillies and earned a no-decision. Gilbert threw five innings, allowed eight hits, five earned runs and one strikeout.
Clarinda's offense was guided by Hallee Fine's stellar night. Fine finished the night with two hits,a home run and four runs batted in. Bryn Morgenstern also notched two hits for the Cardinals. Five other players chipped in for the Cardinals in their nine hit performance. Aziah Smalley pitched a complete game for Clarinda, Smalley allowed nine hits, four earned runs and walked six batters in the losing effort.
Clarinda drops to 3-9 on the season and 0-7 in conference play. The Cardinals will next be in action Thursday in a doubleheader against Atlantic. Shenandoah improves to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in Hawkeye Ten play. The Fillies will host Red Oak Tuesday.
"We want to continue to see our offense hit the ball hard," Coach Burdorf said, "We want to execute what we can do and I have confidence in our lineup that we're going to continue to do those things."
Complete video interviews with Hughes, Rodewald and Coach Burdorf can be viewed below.