Clippers baseball breaks even
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team put some miles on the bus with a week of road games in Center Point, Manchester and Mount Vernon. The Clippers broke even with three wins and three losses in the trio of doubleheaders.
CCA vs. Center Point-
The week started Monday, June 9, with a visit to the Stormin’ Pointers. The Clippers took both ends of the night with 8-6 and 14-6 wins. In game one, 10 innings were needed to settle the score. A 10th-inning two-run double by Cody Wagner sealed the win for CCA.
While the Clippers scored and took a 1-0 lead in the first, the Pointers answered with two of their own.
Jacob Klingeman had a pair of RBIs on four hits, Nile Rourke had five hits and a pair of RBIs while Jake Neubauer and Robby Swails had two hits each.
Neubauer threw six innings, giving up five hits, four earned runs, one walk and striking out one. Swails came in for relief, and threw the final four innings, giving up four hits and a pair of earned runs while walking one and striking out two Pointers.
Game two became a baseball clinic for the Clippers as they cruised to a 14-6 victory after putting 10 runs on the scoreboard in the first three innings. Rourke had a pair of RBIs on three hits with a double in the first and singles in the second and sixth. Swails and Klingeman had a pair of hits each with three RBIs credited to Neubauer.
Swails, Stephen Jensen and Cody Wagner took turns on the mound with two innings each for Swails and Jensen. Swails gave up only one hit, walked one and struck out one while Jensen gave up a pair of hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and sat two batters back down on the bench. Wagner took the win with his three innings of relief, during which he gave up three hits, three runs (one earned), walked two and struck-out one.
CCA vs. West Delaware
Wednesday, June 11, found the Clippers in Manchester to face the Hawks and found themselves on the wrong end of the Hawks’ talons, getting shredded 13-3 in the opener. Again CCA had a 1-0 lead early in the first inning and had one-run efforts in the fourth and sixth including an RBI single by Swails that scored Tanner Bandy.
Unfortunately the Hawks never trailed after a five-run burst in the fifth and six in the sixth. Wagner, Jensen and Swails had one RBI apiece in the fray. Rourke took the loss with 5.2 innings of work. He gave up 13 hits, 13 runs (nine earned), walked three and struck three batters out.
The bats came alive for the Clippers in the nightcap, but the ship still sank 4-2 as West Delaware took the early 1-0 lead on a solo home run. A three-run fifth inning by the Hawks added more holes to the Clippers’ hull. Swails and Bryan Kalkhoff scored CCA’s runs with RBIs by Klingeman and Rourke. Overall CCA had seven hits to the Hawks’ five. Travis Bowman took the loss giving up five hits, four runs (three earned), walking three and striking out six.
CCA vs. Mount Vernon
Friday the 13th found the Clippers under a full moon in Mount Vernon to face the Mustangs. CCA pulled out a 7-6 win in the opener thanks to a seventh-inning RBI single by Swails that scored Bandy, giving the guys in blue the lead for good.
The Mustangs galloped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, which was answered by two CCA runs in the second and two more in the third. Mount Vernon added a run in the bottom of the third and put up three more in the fourth for a 6-4 lead. The Clippers knotted the game with two runs in the fifth before Swails’ seventh-inning single.
Bandy and Kalkhoff had three hits each, with a double for Klingeman. Kalkhoff and Swails were each credited with three RBIs. Neubauer worked all seven innings giving up 10 hits, six runs (four earned), walking one and striking out three.
The advantage shifted to the Mustangs in the nightcap, with the home team winning 10-6, despite the Clippers again out-hitting their opponent, this time 13-12.
Again the Mustangs put up the first run with a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Four Mustangs made it home in the second in response to one Clipper run, and an insurance run by Mount Vernon in the third made the score 6-1. CCA had one run in the fifth and rallied with three in the sixth with RBI doubles from Kalkhoff and Swails, and an RBI single by Chase Rourke. The Mustangs weren’t done though, putting up three more in their half of the inning. Kalkhoff knocked another RBI double in the seventh, but the damage had been done.
Wagner spent three innings on the mound giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned), walking three and striking out one. Kobey Schlotman, a freshman, worked 2.1 innings giving up four hits, three runs (two earned) and walked one. Swails had .2 innings of pitching with one hit and one unearned run.
The week of action resulted in a 9-4 record overall for the Clippers and a 6-4 conference standing.
On Thursday, June 19, CCA will host Central DeWitt for a varsity double-dip starting at 5:30 p.m. After that it’s back on the bus for a Monday, June 23, visit to Vinton followed by a trip to Iowa City Regina the next day for a junior varsity and varsity set.
(Scores and game info provided by CCA Baseball and coach Brent Henry.)