FORT DODGE — For all the wins and all the titles of the Jim White Era at Clear Creek Amana, one minor item of dominance is missing.
Back-to-back state championships.
Second-ranked CCA took a firm step toward that achievement Tuesday, banging out 13 hits in a 7-2 victory over No. 15 Harlan in a Class 3A state softball quarterfinal at the Rogers Sports Complex.
“I’m not even thinking about (repeating),” said White, who has won five state titles. “I’m just worried about surviving the next one.”
The next one is 4 p.m. Thursday, when the Clippers (39-5) take on No. 6 Keokuk in a semifinal. The Chiefs upended No. 3 Sioux City Heelan, 1-0, Tuesday.
Except for a fairly tense moment in the sixth, the Clippers had this one under control from the get-go. CCA scored twice in the first, twice more in the fourth and added a tally in the fifth for a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Or so it seemed.
Harlan (28-11) got within 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth and had the tying run at the plate before the Clippers put out the fire.
“I don’t think there was ever any doubt,” said CCA outfielder Fran Strub. “But it does show you what can happen.”
White said, “We’ve been in that situation a lot this year. It’s been very uneasy in the dugout sometimes.”
The Clippers didn’t let the drama last. Strub blasted an RBI triple, then Caitlin Wnek added a run-scoring single to make it 7-2.
Strub played at Iowa City West last year — she was an all-stater there — before transferring.
“A lot of factors played into my decision,” she said. “I like it here. It’s a great group, everybody’s really fun.”
It’s more fun when you win, and when you hit and score. They do plenty of all of that at CCA.
The Clippers 2-5 hitters combined to go 10-of-16. Wnek and Maliah Fligg had three hits apiece; Strub and Mariah McKinnon added two.
Clear Creek Amana ………………….. 200 210 2 – 7 13 4
Harlan …………………………………… 000 002 0 – 2 8 1
Mariah McKinnon (W) and Meddy Beckler. Brooke Schaben (L) and Kelsey Croghan.