Clippers boys dip below .500
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Clippers varsity baseball team dipped to a 16-17 record with a pair of losses to Marion and a double-dip of misery to Maquoketa while picking up a win over Highland.
The Clippers will face South Tama (after the final doubleheader of the season on Monday, July 14), in the first round of substate baseball at 5 p.m. Friday, July 18, in Williamsburg. The winner plays Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in Williamsburg for the District 9 championship. That winner will play the District 10 champion in Solon on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the state championship in Des Moines.
CCA vs. Marion
The Clippers took it on the chin Monday, July 7, dropping a doubleheader to the Marion Indians at home. The Indians won the opener 1-0 and rallied to an 11-6 win in the nightcap.
Nile Rourke led the Clipper offense in game one, getting on base three times and belting out a single in the fifth inning. He also anchored the defensive effort through seven innings on the mound, allowing only one earned run, three hits and two walks. Marion’s Quinn Cannoy drove in Christian Stekl for the Indians’ run.
Cody Wagner, Tanner Bandy and Robby Swails joined Rourke in getting four hits for the Clippers.
CCA came out of the dugout swinging in the nightcap, putting four runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning and following with two more in the second for what they thought was a comfortable 6-0 lead.
However, the Indians went on the warpath and dominated the rest of the contest with two runs in the top of the third, four in the fifth, two more in the sixth and adding three more in the seventh.
Jacob Klingeman scored in the first for CCA on a Bandy single to leadoff the Clippers’ scoring efforts. Stephen Jensen reached on a sacrifice bunt to bring Rourke in while Swails knocked a single that brought in Wagner and Bandy.
In the second, Klingeman scored again as Wagner grounded out and a Bandy line drive to center field paved the way for Rourke to score.
Klingeman (2), Bandy (2) and Swails accounted for CCA’s five hits while the Indians’ bats produced 15.
Three men handled pitching duties: Kobey Schlotman, Travis Bowman and Swails. Schlotman worked 4.2 innings giving up 11 hits and six earned runs. Bowman relieved Schlotman for 1.1 innings giving up one hit and a pair of earned runs. Bowman got one strikeout. Swails spent one inning on the mound and gave up three hits, three runs (two earned) and walked two.
CCA vs. Highland
On Tuesday, July 8, the Clippers entertained the Huskies from Highland in a non-conference match-up and pulled out a 5-4 win in eight innings.
The Huskies dug a 1-0 hole for the Clippers with a run in the top of the first inning. CCA answered in the bottom of the second as Bryan Kalkhoff scored on a Klingeman single to centerfield. It was a back-and-forth affair as the Highland crew scored again in the third to break the tie and take a 2-1 lead. The Clippers tied and took the lead back in the fourth as Swails came home on an error and Drake Shores scored on another Klingeman single, this time to right field, while pulling courtesy runner duty for David Jensen.
Highland upped the ante with two more runs in the fifth for a 4-3 lead while Kalkhoff tied the game in the sixth by scoring as Schlotman grounded out to the short stop. Neither squad could gain any ground in the seventh forcing the game into extra innings. The Clippers held the Huskies in the top of the inning and Bandy scored the winning run on a Kalkhoff fly ball to centerfield.
The Huskies out-hit the Clippers 12-6 in the contest with Klingeman (2), Rourke, Swails, and Kalkhoff (2) connecting. Kalkhoff and Swails picked up doubles in the effort.
Cody Wagner went the distance against the Huskies giving up a dozen hits and four runs (two earned), walking one and striking out four.
CCA vs. Maquoketa
On Thursday, July 10, Brent Henry’s crew sailed to Maquoketa for the next-to-last doubleheader of the season. The Cardinals proved to be angry birds, taking the night 9-4 and 4-1.
In the opener Klingeman put CCA on the scoreboard in the top of the first, coming home as Bandy reached on a fielder’s choice. The 1-0 lead was short-lived however as Maquoketa brought in two runs in the bottom of the inning and added one more in the second. The Clippers got their second run in the third as Rourke scampered across the plate on a Bandy line drive to right field. Rourke doubled to right field to get on base. Again the Cardinals answered, this time with one run for a 4-2 lead.
In the fourth a sacrifice fly ball by Kalkhoff enabled Swails to score and cut the lead. A four-run bottom of the inning by Maquoketa put the red birds up 8-3 with an insurance run in the sixth. CCA’s final run came in the seventh as a Neubauer single to center field brought in Klingeman.
The Clippers were out-hit 12-6 with hits from Klingeman (2), Rourke, Neubauer, Bandy and Swails. Neubauer worked four innings allowing eight runs (four earned), walking two and striking out three. Cody Odgen put in two innings on the bump giving up two hits and one earned run, walking one and striking out one.
The Clippers’ bats came alive in the nightcap as the boys in blue belted out 10 hits to only one for the redbirds. However the Cardinals’ two runs in the second, and two more in the sixth trumped the solitary Clipper run in the third inning.
Kalkhoff got the run after getting on base with a line drive to center field and advancing as Odgen grounded out. A line drive to center field by Neubauer brought the Jedi sophomore home.
Odgen, Neubauer, Klingeman (2), Bandy, Rourke, Jensen (2) and Kalkhoff (2) made the bats talk for CCA with doubles for Kalkhoff, Neubauer and Klingeman. Bowman worked the mound giving up only one hit and four earned runs while walking six and striking out seven.