CLINTON — Winning 11-2 on Wednesday against Cedar Rapids Prairie was just the type of game that the Clinton River Kings can get back on track.
Clinton sealed its second win of the season by scoring four insurance runs in the sixth inning as they tried to enforce the 10-run rule after five innings, but scored five in the first three innings to give the River Kings early cushion.
Jake Faur led things off with a first inning RBI double that brought in third baseman Dustin Caldwell to start the scoring, followed by two singles from Austin Driscoll and Johnny Sullivan. Faur later scored.
“This is a game that boosted our morales and hopefully get us going for the game (today) against Pleasant Valley,” Faur said. “Everyone is seeing the ball nice now; bats were a little weak early on, but we’re catching on.”
Faur saw the ball nicely — the junior shortstop reached base safely in all four plate appearances that included two more hits after his RBI double.
In fact, Faur led off the third inning with a single that sparked Clinton to tack on three more runs. Michael Clark, who hit eighth in the order on Wednesday, had a two-run single that scored Murray Henricks and Colin Nelson. Both River Kings walked to set up the hit. Clark had a trio of RBIs.
Nelson was 1-for-2 with an RBI walk in the fourth inning.
Clinton ended up with 11 hits against the Prairie Hawks in the River Kings’ first win since the May 27 opener against Iowa City High.
Clark also was the starting pitcher for Clinton, and his five innings were high-quality. The junior allowed one Prairie hit while striking out three and forcing his opponent into seven groundouts, including a 5-4-3 double play in the fifth inning.
“I tried to stay with my fastball and to get the first strike down,” Clark said. “I didn’t really have good control on my changeup. I wanted to keep the ball down in the zone and not let them hit good line drives off of me.”