A tough week for Clippers baseball
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers baseball team faced a difficult week with three double-headers on the road and a flooded diamond.
The week started off on a positive note with a pair of wins over Independence, but was dampened by a raging Clear Creek, which necessitated moving the Solon vs. CCA game to Solon. The Spartans picked up a pair of wins at the expense of the Clippers. Adding insult to injury, Brent Henry’s crew had to borrow a field from the University of Iowa in order to take on Dyersville Beckman, dropping two more into the loss column.
Even with the four losses, the Creek Boys were still ahead in wins over last season with a 15-13 record overall and 11-13 conference mark. CCA heads for Maquoketa on Thursday, July 10, for a varsity pair against the Cardinals before wrapping up the regular season on Monday, July 14, at South Tama.
The road to the state baseball championships in Des Moines starts on Friday, July 18. Solon and Williamsburg are district championship sites while Solon is the substate No. 5 host site.
CCA vs. Independence
Nile Rourke’s work on the mound led the Clippers to an 8-0 win in the opener against the Mustangs. Rourke went the distance, giving up only one hit and no runs while walking one and striking out five.
The Clippers put up five runs in the top of the seventh inning to seal the win following a run in the second off an RBI double by Bryan Kalkhoff and two runs in the sixth. Tanner Bandy blasted an RBI double to score Stephen Jensen and came home on a Kalkhoff RBI single.
The Clippers had no trouble with the Mustangs in the nightcap, bombing them 14-1 in five innings. A nine-run effort in the first inning led to an easy cruise for the rest of the game. Jensen, Grayson Rotter and Jacob Klingeman had RBI singles while Rourke belted out a two-run single and Jake Neubauer sacrificed to bring home runners in the first two innings. Two more runs came in the third as Robby Swails came home on a Klingeman single while Jake Neubauer drove Klingeman home. In the climactic fifth inning, a bases-loaded walk scored Rotter while Cody Wagner doubled to bring in Klingeman and Rourke.
Wagner shut down the Mustangs as he only gave up three hits and one unearned run, walked four and struck out one.
CCA vs. Solon
A flooded-out diamond in Tiffin moved the varsity doubleheader against the Spartans to Solon on Wednesday, July 2. Solon, shown as the “guest” on the scoreboard, sank the Clippers 4-1 and 1-0.
Jensen scored the Clippers’ first run, coming home on an error in the bottom of the second inning. CCA enjoyed a 1-0 lead until the Spartans tied it in the top of the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch. Solon struck again in the fifth on an RBI single to take the 2-1 lead and put the game away in the top of the seventh with two runs off a Logan Linderbaum homer.
Neubauer went the distance, giving up nine hits and four runs (three earned) while walking one and striking out six. Klingeman, Neubauer, Jensen and Bandy all singled in the contest.
The bats went silent for Henry’s crew in the nightcap as the Creek Boys fell 1-0. Travis Bowman took to the mound and only gave up two hits along with the one unearned run. He walked none and struck out three. The Spartans’ Linderbaum scored in the top of the second on a wild pitch. The Clippers only mustered three hits from Klingeman, Rourke and Bandy, all singles.
CCA vs. Dyersville Beckman
The Blazers burned the Clippers on Thursday, July 3, in a double-dip that was moved to Duane Banks Field at the University of Iowa as Beckman won 5-0 and 9-2.
Kobey Schlotman took the loss after six innings on the mound, walking three, striking out one and allowing five runs (two earned). The Blazers took seven hits away from the freshman as well. Kalkhoff worked one inning, giving up only one run.
At bat, the Clippers were outhit 8-4 with Jensen, Bandy (two hits) and Cody Odgen producing singles.
The Blazers lit up the scoreboard with a run in the first and third innings, followed by two more in the top of the fourth. The Clippers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Rourke launched a two-run double. The comeback was short-lived, however, as Beckman added four more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth while keeping the Clippers tied up at the dock.
Swails was charged with the loss after five innings on the mound, in which he gave up nine hits, eight runs (three earned) and walked two. Drake Shores put in two innings of work on the mound giving up one hit and one run while walking two and striking out two.
CCA got five hits out of Jensen, David Jensen, Bandy, Rourke (double) and Kalkhoff.
Game stats and information provided by CCA Baseball and Coach Brent Henry.