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Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

Tanner Bandy dives into second base under the ball as a pair of Sabers wait to nail him.

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.
Williamsburg struck first with one run in the top of the first inning and scattered runs across the second, fifth and eighth innings. Cody Wagner scored in the bottom of the second putting the Clippers on the scoreboard, but down one run.
In the fourth, the home team went up by a run as Stephen Jensen scored on a Robby Swails single line drive to left field. Bryan Kalkhoff also scored for the 3-2 lead. The Raiders knotted the game at 3-all in the fifth with the stalemate ending in the eighth as Williamsburg scored on an RBI double.
Jensen and Jacob Klingeman led at the plate for CCA with three hits apiece while Swails was credited with a pair of RBIs. Nile Rourke pitched seven innings, giving up six hits, three runs (two earned), walking four and striking out seven. Swails had one inning on the mound with two hits and one run given up.
The Clippers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second in the nightcap, but a five-run rampage by the Raiders in the top of the fourth took the wind out of CCA’s sails. Klingeman knocked a two-RBI single, scoring Tanner Bandy and Kalkhoff. A three-run homer and two-run double by the Raiders gave Williamsburg the lead and ultimately the game. The Clippers were out-hit 7-2 in the effort.
Travis Bowman went the distance on the mound giving up seven hits, five runs (four earned), walking three and striking out six.

CCA vs. Central, DeWitt
The Sabers and Clippers were originally set to meet Thursday, June 19, but were rained out, moving the contest to June 21. The Sabers only needed two runs, one each in the third and sixth innings, to take the opener despite being out-hit 6-4.
Klingeman (2), Neubauer, Jensen, Bandy and Swails all knocked out singles in the effort. On the mound, Neubauer went the distance, giving up four hits, two runs (one earned) and striking out four.
The nightcap was a pitcher’s nightmare with the bats on both sides coming alive for 27 hits total, 15 for CCA and 12 for DeWitt with six of those good for extra bases.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning with Klingeman coming home on a pop-up to second base by Wagner. The Creek boys took the lead in the second as Bandy scored, and thought they had the game well in-hand with five runs in the third.
In the third inning, a Neubauer line drive up the middle scored Klingeman, Nile Rourke scored, Neubauer came home on an error, a Swails shot up the middle drove in Jensen, and Bandy scored for a comfortable 7-1 lead. However the Sabers rallied in the top of the fifth with seven runs to go up 8-7, and put a runner across home plate in the sixth to lead 9-7.
The Clippers fought back in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to tie. Drake Shores scored on a Neubauer single to left field and Rourke scored on a Wagner double, also to left field. It was three-up and three-down for DeWitt in the top of the seventh, setting the table for CCA to make one last push for the win. Swails singled and advanced to second on a Shores single to right field. Swails was able to take advantage of a situation in the Sabers’ defense, and moved to third before coming home with the winning run.
Shores went 3-4 at the plate for CCA with one RBI and one run; Neubauer had three hits while Wagner and Bandy both put up doubles. Wagner worked four innings on the mound giving up 10 hits and seven earned runs, including a solo home run in the top of the first. He walked three and struck out four. Swails relieved Wagner for the final three innings, giving up a pair of hits and two runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out two.
On Thursday, June 26, the boys travel to Epworth for a varsity doubleheader against Western Dubuque with a 5:30 p.m. start. On Wednesday, July 2, the Solon Spartans visit for a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m., as does Beckman the following day.