By Tom Schultz For the Herald
The Clinton Herald
---- — CAMANCHE -- The Camanche Indians kicked off Senior Night the right way with a 5-1 win over the visiting Prince of Peace Irish on Monday evening. The Indians followed with a 13-3 win to earn the sweep.
“Being a senior my last time, got to go out with a bang,” Camanche’s Cody Mensinger said, echoing the sentiment held by all three seniors on the team.
Derek Harksen led off Game 1 with a double and was promptly driven in on a Blake Bialas single, giving Camanche the quick 1-0 lead.
The Indians didn’t stop there, adding two more runs in the inning on a Seth Boysen single and Kyler Campie double to lead 3-0.
Camanche starter Mensinger settled into a groove, holding the Irish hitless into the fourth inning. Jon Weisner had the first Irish hit, and was driven in two batters later on a long double from Jeremy Peters.
That was the only blemish on the night for Mensinger from the mound. He went all seven innings for the Indians, allowing one run on three hits.
“He’s been our ace all year,” Camanche coach Daryl Cochran said. “He’s just had some bad luck. It’s nice to get him out there and get him a W.”
Prince of Peace starter Lucas Laufenberg found his own groove in the second inning, striking out four straight batters between the second and third innings. He finished the third allowing another single, but no other damage was done. He was then pulled between innings and relieved by Seth Moeller.
Moeller ran into trouble each of the three innings he was on the mound, but Camanche didn’t break through against him until the sixth inning.
Moeller loaded the bases in the fourth on two walks and a bunt single, but he got out of the jam unscathed. In the fifth, he walked Mensinger, who advanced all the way to third before Moeller got out of another jam.
His luck ran out in the sixth. Bialas drove in two runs with a single, extending the Camanche lead to 5-1, the final margin.
The Indians again didn’t waste any time scoring in Game 2. Harksen led off with a single on the first pitch he saw and was later driven in, along with Boysen, on a single from Mensinger. By the end of the first, Camanche was up 4-0.
Prince of Peace starter Jon Weisner issued eight walks, which had a hand in the other five runs he allowed. He was lifted in the middle of the second for Devin Bly, who got the Irish out of the inning without any more damage.
Walks, wild pitches and passed balls were the Irish’s Achilles’ heel on the night. In the second game alone, Prince of Peace walked 13 batters and saw numerous balls go to the backstop, putting runners in scoring position or plating them.
The second inning started off with three straight walks, and all three scored by the time the third out was tallied. The big blow came off the bat of Tanner Atkinson, who knocked in two with a double.
The only inning of the game that Prince of Peace was able to get through without a baserunner was the third, but that trend did not last.
“Our approach is we’ve been always practicing try to stay patient, stay back and hit the ball up the middle and the other way,” Cochran said. “I think the kids did a pretty good job of that tonight.”
The fourth inning saw two more runs cross the plate for Camanche as Jacob Peasley delivered two of his four RBIs in the game on a single. That put Camanche up 9-3 heading into the fifth, which would become the final inning.
The Irish brought in Nic Roth to pitch the fifth against the Indians, and he walked the first batter he saw in Mensinger. Camanche then knocked two straight RBI-doubles, making it 11-3 Indians. An error at second base allowed the 12th run to score giving Camanche the nine-run lead. Peasley came up to the plate and smacked a single to left-center to push Camanche over the top to end the game with the 10-run rule.
The three Camanche seniors, Mensinger, Tanner Schreiner and Justin Anderson, were able to celebrate their final home games in their high school careers with solid performances each and more importantly two wins.
“It felt great. It was my last home game of my whole high school career and actually my first win of the season,” Mensinger said. “It’s fun to play them; they’re a lot like us. They’re a young team like us, and its fun to play them.”
Cochran said: “I enjoyed having those kids. They all were a part of our program for four years, and it was nice to see them get a W on the way out of here.”
CAMANCHE 5, PRINCE OF PEACE 1
P. of Peace 000 100 0 -- 1 3 2
Camanche 300 002 x -- 5 9 0
Laufenberg (3 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 4 so), Moeller (3 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 1 so) and M. Peters; Mensinger (7 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 0 so) and Atkinson. Multiple hits -- Prince of Peace (J. Peters 2); Camanche (Harksen 2, Bialas 2, Boysen 2). 2B -- Prince of Peace (J. Peters); Camanche (Harksen, Campie). RBIs -- Prince of Peace (J. Peters); Camanche (Bialas 3, Boysen, Campie).
CAMANCHE 13, PRINCE OF PEACE 3 (5 INNINGS)
Prince of Peace 012 00 -- 3 4 3
Camanche 430 24 -- 13 9 0
Weisner (1 1/3 ip, 4 h, 7 r, 4 er, 8 bb, 1 so), Bly (2 2/3 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 1 so), Roth (0 ip, 3 h, 4 r, 4 er, 2 bb, 0 so) and Drury; Boysen (5 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 6 so) and Schreiner. Multiple hits -- Camanche (Schreiner 2, Atkinson 3, Peasley 2). 2B -- Camanche (Schreiner, Atkinson). RBIs -- Prince of Peace (Weisner); Camanche (Mensinger 2, Schreiner, Atkinson 3, Peasley 4).