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Four-win streak beats last season’s win column total

Clipper baseball improves over last season

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In his second season with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team, coach Brent Henry has led his team to a 13-11 record thus far, on their way to hopefully surpassing last year’s 13-25 showing. Wins over Vinton-Shellsburg and Iowa City Regina led to the milestone. However, the Bobcats of Western Dubuque torpedoed the Clippers, adding to the loss column.
Henry’s boys are home Thursday, July 3, for a varsity double-dip with Beckman and stay at home for a Monday, July 7, visit from Marion and a Tuesday, July 8, junior varsity/varsity pair with Highland before finishing the regular season on the road at Maquoketa and Tama.

CCA vs. Vinton-Shellsburg
Monday, June 23, the Vikings hosted the Clippers for a varsity double-header, with the Creek boys prevailing 6-0 and 6-1.
In the opener, CCA took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off RBI singles from Cody Wagner, Stephen Jensen and Tanner Bandy; and added insurance runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Jacob Klingeman singled in the first and second innings and reached base three times in total to jumpstart the Clipper offense. CCA out-hit the Vikings 12-2 in the contest, including a double from Robby Swails.
Nile Rourke went the distance, giving up only two hits, no runs, walking two and striking out four over the seven innings.
In the nightcap, the Clippers scored one run each in the second and fourth innings before two-run showings in the fifth and sixth. Bryan Kalkhoff’s RBI single gave CCA the first run of the contest while Rourke scored Klingeman with an RBI triple in the fifth. The Vikings finally found home plate in the bottom of the seventh, putting one runner across to avoid a second shut-out.
Travis Bowman owned the mound for all seven innings and put in a full day’s work giving up only three hits, one un-earned run, walking two and striking out five.

CCA vs. IC Regina
Tuesday, June 24, the Clippers visited east Iowa City and the home of the Regina Regals for one varsity game. CCA held off a late rally by the Regals to take home a 5-3 win. A groundout by Cody Wagner brought in the first run of the night for the Clippers in the top of the first inning. Two more runs went up in the third with Rourke coming home on a Jake Neubauer RBI single, while Neubauer scored in the fifth on a sacrifice fly and Wagner scampered home on a Bandy RBI single. Wagner went 2-4 at the plate with a fifth-inning double and a single in the seventh.
The Regals put three men across the plate in the seventh but couldn’t make up the deficit before the final out. CCA out-hit the Regals, 13-4.
Kobey Schlotman, a freshman, pitched lights-out for the varsity crew, giving up only two hits, no runs, walking one and striking out three in five innings on the mound. Swails relieved Schlotman, giving up two hits, three earned runs and walking three.
Henry’s crew improved their record to 13-7 with the win, equaling 2013’s total wins.

CCA vs. Western Dubuque
The road trips continued with a Thursday, June 26, journey to Epworth, the home of the Western Dubuque Bobcats, for yet another varsity double-header. Unfortunately for CCA the Bobcats took both halves of the night sinking the Clippers 9-4 and 7-6 (in an extra inning).
Creek took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, but the ‘Cats clawed back with four runs in the bottom of the inning, added one more in the fourth and put up another four runs in the bottom of the fifth to put a win out of reach for CCA. Jensen singled in the top of the third to start the Clippers’ offense while Klingeman put up a two-run double to score Kalkhoff and Swails. One runner came home for CCA in the top of the sixth.
Klingeman was 2-4 at bat with a pair of RBIs. Rourke and Neubauer had singles along with Jensen, Kalkhoff and Swails.
Neubauer took the loss with five innings on the mound. Eight hits and nine runs (five earned) were charged to him with a pair of strikeouts. Cody Odgen pitched one inning giving up no hits, no runs, walking none and striking out none.
In the nightcap the Clippers reloaded and came out swinging, putting up two runs in the top of the first and following with three in the second. Again Klingeman sparked the offense with a single followed by Bandy with an RBI single that scored Klingeman and Wagner. The Bobcats chipped away at CCA’s lead with one run each in the bottom of the second, third and fourth innings. A fifth-inning run by the Clippers added a little cushion, but a three-run assault from the ‘Cats in the bottom of the inning knotted the game. The stalemate lasted through the sixth and seventh innings and the Clippers were shutout in the top of the eighth. The Bobcats pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning for the win.
The Clippers were out-hit 14-4 in the effort with Klingeman (two hits), Wagner and Bandy finding luck at the plate. Four Clippers spent time on the mound with Swails working four innings and giving up seven hits, three runs (one earned), walking one and striking out none. Odgen threw .2 innings with three hits and three runs charged to him, Bowman worked 2.1 innings and gave up one hit while Wagner was charged with three hits and one earned run. Wagner also took the loss.

Game info and stats provided by CCA Baseball and coach Brent Henry.