The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

July 9, 2013

Disappointment in Davenport

(Continued)

Dorton allowed seven hits, but just one of the two runs against him was earned, and he struck out 10 batters.

“He was crafty, kept us off balance and hit his spots,” Cunningham said.

“He had a pretty good fastball that he could locate and kept us off balance with his curve,” said Driscoll, who had the best hit off Dorton -- a run-scoring double off the top of the right-field fence in the sixth inning.

But, by that time Dorton had a six-run lead to work with.

The Falcons gave him a 3-0 cushion in their first time at the plate. Thiessen hit an RBI double, and Peek delivered a two-run double later in the inning.

“We’re constantly playing from behind,” Cunningham said. (Clinton fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of Game 2, too.)

West’s lead became pretty much insurmountable when Meier belted a three-run home run in the fifth.

Now, the River Kings need to regroup, and there’s not a lot of time left to do it. The regular season ends next week.

“I think my job as coach (now) is less instructional and more just keeping the guys positive,” Cunningham said. “We’re not in a good place mentally.”

DAVENPORT WEST 6, CLINTON 2

Clinton 000 001 1 -- 2 7 1

West 300 030 x -- 6 7 6

Rodney Witherspoon (1 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 1 so), Jordan Chapman (5 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 4 bb, 1 so) and Jake Faur; Tommy Dorton (7 ip, 7 h, 2 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 10 so) and Josh Thiessen. Multiple hits -- Clinton (Cody Nolan 2, Ryan Driscoll 2); West (Zach Blizzard 2, Thiessen 2). 2B -- Clinton (Driscoll); West (Thiessen, Alex Peek). HR -- West (Cody Meier). RBIs -- Clinton (Driscoll, Faur); West (Thiessen, Peek 2, Meier 3).

WEST 10, CLINTON 8

Clinton 002 321 0 -- 8 12 0

West 210 205 x -- 10 13 1

Jake Simpson (4 ip, 8 h, 5 r, 5 er, 3 bb, 3 so), Cole Pennock (2 ip, 5 h, 5 r, 5 er, 0 bb, 1 so) and Murray Henricks; Kyle Dittmer (3 1/3 ip, 7 h, 5 r, 5 er, 0 bb, 1 so), Tyler Wells (3 2/3 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 3 so) and Thiessen. Multiple hits -- Clinton (Driscoll 3, Cody Collender 2, Alex Caldwell 2); West (Blizzard 2, Jacob Black 2, Meier 2, Peek 2, Dorton 2). 2B -- West (Blizzard). 3B -- Clinton (Henricks, Driscoll); West (Peek). RBIs -- Clinton (Driscoll 2, Faur, Chapman, Caldwell); West (Meier 3, Peek 2, Nick Hoefer, Blizzard, Black, Nathan Clark).

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