WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers earned another achievement for the 2014 baseball season Monday, July 21, by winning the Class 3A District 9 championship with a 3-2 win over the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg in Williamsburg.
The Clippers went up on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning as Tanner Bandy smacked a line drive over the left field fence for a solo home run, giving CCA a 1-0 lead. The Vikings tied the game in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
The seventh inning saw the Clippers shutting down the Vikings in the top half of the inning, and winning the game in the bottom.
Stephen Jensen led off for CCA with a double and came home to tie the game on a Cody Wagner double. A sacrifice bunt by Robby Swails advanced Wagner to third before Cody Ogden stepped to the plate and reached on an error, allowing Wagner to score the winning run. Ogden, an eighth grader, was credited with a sacrifice fly on the play.
The Clippers out-hit the Vikings six-to-three with Jacob Klingeman, Bandy (2) Jensen and Wagner (2) making the bats talk. Bandy went 2-3 at the plate, as did Wagner.
Nile Rourke had a challenging night on the mound but went the distance for the win giving up three hits, two runs (one earned), walking five and striking out four.
The win boosted the Clippers’ record to 20-17 ahead of a Class 3A Substate 5 contest with the 22-15 Solon Spartans for the right to compete in the state baseball championship in Des Moines. The Spartans sank the Clippers in a regular season double header 1-0 and 4-1 in Solon on July 2 and roughed up Center Point-Urbana 5-1 and Washington 7-5 in District 10 competition.