CAMANCHE — Johnny Sullivan already had settled in on a spot on the bench with most of the other starters, expecting to watch his Clinton teammates finish off a victory Tuesday evening. Before he got too comfortable, though, he found himself headed to the bullpen to warm up and then back onto the field.
The rest of his night was short. Taking the mound with the bases loaded, Sullivan retired the only batter he faced to finish off Clinton’s 13-9 win against Camanche in a non-conference baseball battle.
“It was a pretty big surprise,” Sullivan, a sophomore, said of re-entering the game to pitch. “I’m not usually a pitcher, but I got the job done, I guess. I had to go over there and get my arm loose a little bit.”
Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham had cleared much of his bench after the River Kings scored six times in the fourth inning to increase their advantage to 13-2.
“I got a chance to play everybody tonight and get everybody in the lineup, and had some kids playing out of position,” he said. “It’s one of those games you look forward to every year to get everybody in.
“I think it is nice (to step out of conference). We played (Davenport) North hard (last Thursday) and got a split with them. I thought we competed hard with Davenport West last night. Unfortunately we didn’t get any wins. So it’s kind of nice to take a break from the conference before we finish up with the last four games: two against North Scott on Thursday and two against Muscatine on Monday.
The Indians (14-13) refused to let the Kings (11-17-1) go home early and prepare for those games with a mercy-rule win. Instead, they scored two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, and three more in the seventh before Clinton finally put it away.