CLINTON — After the first inning, it seemed as if the Clinton River Kings were en route to its second win in a row. Northeast flipped the script on Wednesday night — and quickly.
Northeast ran away by scoring five runs in the third inning, and defeated Clinton 10-4 at Eagle Heights Elementary.
The River Kings opened up the game by scoring four runs, sending all nine runs to the plate, and led off with three hits. Dustin Caldwell, the lead-off hitter, started things off with a double.
Evan Jackson and Murray Henricks each brought home a run in the first, then a couple hitters later, Colin Nelson and Austin Driscoll each had an RBI.
The odds were looking good for the River Kings, but a baseball game lasts seven innings, not just one.
“We started off good, then we went flat,” said Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham. “They came back and swung the bat well.”
Cunningham was pleased with the first inning outcome, however.
“We hit the ball really well,” he said. “I had to take a couple guys out, and we couldn’t use Jake Faur tonight; I think the bats just went cold.”
Northeast wasn’t deterred by the scoreboard. They don’t look at the scoreboard during game action. Instead, they take the situation at hand at press on.
“This isn’t our biggest deficit of the season,” stated Northeast’s Tevin Stoecker. “We were down 6-0 against Durant, and came back against them, so as a team, it’s just something we can do without a problem, and it comes down to being like down 1-0.”
Actually, the game Stoecker is referring to happened on June 12 when the Rebels trailed Durant 6-2 down to their last three outs. Northeast had a big inning that night, too, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to win that game.