The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

June 19, 2014

Much-needed victory for Kings (with VIDEOS and PHOTO ALBUM)

CLINTON — It's no secret this season hasn't fulfilled the expectations of a Clinton baseball team coming off an appearance at the 2013 state tournament. The River Kings seem to take a counter step every time they move forward.

They got a much-needed victory Wednesday night — a 6-0 non-conference win against visiting Calamus-Wheatland at the Durgin Complex at Eagle Heights Elementary School — and they're hoping it's the one that will start a stretch of playing solid baseball.

Video: Clinton Junior Baseball players join the River Kings on the field for the national anthem.

"This one was important because we needed a turnaround point, and I think this is going to be a momentum starter," said senior Jordan Chapman, a returning starter who hadn't been able to play this season until Monday. "I don't think we're out of the conference yet. We need to turn the momentum around for the second half and substate."

The win halted a three-game losing streak and was just Clinton's second win in the past eight games. It also came on the heels of tough losses to a pair of teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A: 3-1 to No. 6 Davenport Assumption on Monday and 4-3 to No. 9 Cedar Rapids Xavier on Tuesday.

Clinton's record sits at 7-11 heading into a Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheader today against visiting Davenport North.

Video: Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham talks about using most of his players in Wednesday's 6-0 win.

"We needed a win," coach Kevin Cunningham said. "What we need to do is try to put some wins together. I'm hoping this will give us some positive energy for tomorrow."

The River Kings got started toward the win right away, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning.

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