It didn’t go so well after that, though.
The next four batters hit singles, including a run-scoring hit by Jacob Black and a two-run, game-tying single up the middle by Cody Meier. Alex Peek followed with a drive to deep center field that Driscoll didn’t read well with darkness setting in, and it went for a triple that put West on top. The Falcons added an insurance run on Nathan Clark’s sacrifice fly.
Driscoll tripled with two outs in the seventh to give Clinton some hope, but that was short-lived as Jordan Chapman grounded out to end the game.
Instead of a split, the River Kings were left shaking their heads and looking back at the third inning, when they squandered opportunities to do a lot more damage.
After West starter Kyle Dittmer retired the first six batters he faced, he hit Henricks with a pitch to open the third. Evan Jackson followed with a single to right field, but freshman Nick Hoefer threw out courtesy runner Nate Harden as he tried to advance from first to third. Jackson advanced to second on Alex Caldwell’s infield single, went to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch, then Caldwell made it 3-2 as he scored on Jake Faur’s single. Faur advanced to second on the throw to the plate but was then picked off second by catcher Josh Thiessen.
The outs on the bases came back to haunt the Kings when they opened a three-run fourth with successive singles by Cody Collender, Cody Nolan, Driscoll and Chapman. Had those hits all come in the third, there’s no telling how much damage Clinton could have done.
Still, the offense in the second game was a stark contrast to the opener.