The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

June 11, 2013

Home runs give Kings a split

(Continued)

Broyles led off the bottom of the first with an infield hit, and before the inning ended, Cam Wernentin had delivered a two-run double and Kris Klabunde smashed a three-run home run.

Clinton got one run back in the second on Alex Caldwell’s RBI single, but Bettendorf extended its lead to 7-4 in the third.

It didn’t take long for Clinton to erase that deficit, though.

Dustin Caldwell led off the fourth with a bunt single, Alex Caldwell followed with an infield hit and Cody Nolan loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Collender drove in a run when he reached on an error, then two outs later, Faur tied it with a two-run single to center field.

“I took a curve up the middle,” he said.

Collender scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, but the lead again was short-lived.

Matt Albert followed a walk to Alex Beals with a two-run homer off Faur in the bottom of the fourth, and one out later, Matt Ulrich delivered a solo shot for the final margin.

Despite the split, the River Kings left feeling much better than a week earlier when they managed just two hits in each game in a pair of losses to Pleasant Valley.

“If we’re going to lose, that’s how I’d choose,” Collender said of the 10-8 loss.

“It’s very positive,” Chapman said of the offense. “We went to Fort Dodge and had 37 hits in three games and then had just four hits in two games (two days later). I think we’ll be fine the rest of the year.”

They get their next test Thursday when they play host to Davenport Assumption in a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Eagle Heights Elementary School.

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