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Clipper boys put three wins on the books

CCA 3-0 to start the season

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team opened the 2014 campaign with three wins, knocking down Washington, Springville and BGM.
The Clippers’ first game of the season was against the Washington Demons on Wednesday, May 28. Travis Bowman drove in the winning run to give the Clippers the lead in the sixth inning on their way to a 7-4 victory. Jacob Klingeman and Bryan Kalkhoff both put up doubles with two RBIs for Bowman and one for Kalkhoff. Jake Neubauer took the win with six innings of pitching giving up eight hits, three runs and striking out seven. Robby Swails threw one inning in relief, giving up one hit and one run while striking out two.
CCA played in the BGM Tourney on Saturday, May 31, winning the tournament with victories over BGM and Springville.
Against BGM, CCA prevailed 5-3 in a game that saw five lead changes.
A sacrifice fly by Swails scored Tanner Bandy for the winning lead while Kalkhoff put up a pair of RBIs and belted out a second inning home run. Swails and Nile Rourke shared the mound with one hit, no runs and four K’s in his three innings of work. Rourke gave up two hits, three runs (two earned), walked four and struck out two.
The Clippers closed the tourney with a 9-2 pounding of the Springville Orioles thanks to a five-run rampage in the third inning.
An RBI single by Stephen Jensen, a passed ball, an RBI single from Swails and another by Kalkhoff was followed up with a fielder’s choice to put the runs on the board. The Orioles scored a pair of runs in the fourth, but another CCA run in the same inning and three in the sixth sealed Springville’s fate. Kalkhoff nailed a triple in the game and he led in RBIs with three. Bowman worked six innings, giving up three hits, two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out nine to earn the win. Jensen threw one inning with no hits, no runs and a pair of K’s.
Coach Brent Henry and company travel to Center Point to face the Stormin’ Pointers Monday, June 9, for a varsity doubleheader, while Wednesday, June 11, finds the Clippers in Manchester for a varsity double-dip with West Delaware. The crew will hope for a lucky Friday the 13th as they visit the Mustangs in Mount Vernon for a doubleheader. The game time for all three dates is 5:30 p.m.