Sydney Koch is shown waiting for a chance to go from second to third base in the Rams very late semi final game versus Clark. Koch had one of the team's hits, but they lost 4-1, so they will play in the consolation game.

Clarke ends Rams hopes for 3A final

Sue Rieder

The Rams bid to play in the 3A state softball championship game fell short when they were defeated by Clark 4-1 in a game that ended at 12:20 a.m. on Friday morning. The tournament games scheduled for 3:30 p.m. were halted due to rain and lightning, but they were resumed 3 hours and 23 minutes later. Greene County's game that was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. did not get underway until shortly after 11:00 p.m.

The Rams could only muster four hits as they faced a pitcher who Coach Kennedy thought was the best that the team had seen all year. Clarke pitcher Libby Benis, a Mankato State recruit, struck out 12 Ram batters and only walked one. Benis had a good rise ball, and her change up was extremely effective. Hannah Onken scored Greene County's only run of the game when she blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. Tressa Rasmussen smacked singles in the second and seventh innings, and Sydney Koch connected for a single in the fifth. Greene County had six base runners, but five of them were stranded on the bags.

Meanwhile, Ram pitcher Marissa Promes had a very good night also. The junior hurler gave up one earned run on six hits, while walking two and striking out five. The Indians won their quarterfinal game 13-0 and had three players batting over .350, so holding them to six hits was quite a feat.

Clarke, who was last year's 3A runner-up, will meet defending champ Bondurant-Farrar in the 3A championship game at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Greene County will face second ranked East Marshall in the consolation clash at 1:30 p.m.

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