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June 14, 2014

Camanche sweeps Irish in baseball

CLINTON — Both Camanche and Prince of Peace strolled into Ashford University Field a little tired Friday after arriving home in the wee hours after games Thursday night. One team looked as if it still was sleepy; the other did not.

Camanche swept the Irish (1-11) in a varsity baseball doubleheader. The Indians needed just three innings by winning 17-1, then won Game 2 7-5.

Irish coach Bob Mulholland didn’t like the way Game 1 went but was pleased about Game 2.

“I need two games out of them every night,” Mulholland said. “They fought hard in the second game, but they weren’t quite ready to go in the first one.”

The second game was a lot more competitive than the first.

Camanche, however, struck the scoreboard first in the first inning with an RBI groundout from Seth Boysen and an RBI single from Tanner Atkinson.

“I liked how we were able to manufacture runs in different ways in that second game,” Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. “I was real pleased with our hitting; our pitching also came on and did a nice job.”

Mike Peters drove in Nic Roth for the Irish’s first run in Game 2; Roth led off the inning with a single. The Irish kept the scoreboard busy with another run in the third inning when Lucas Laufenberg brought in Jon Wiesner on an RBI single. Wiesner reached base on an error.

Camanche starting pitcher Levi Carber then retired the next three batters in the third and fourth innings before Peters and Tim Dickherber singled.

“I thought that I threw strikes pretty well,” Carber said. “The first two innings were a little rough because I couldn’t find the strike zone, but my defense really helped me out.”

The Irish scored three runs on three hits that included a Laufenberg double, a leadoff Drury single and an RBI single from Bly in the fifth inning.

“I liked the effort in that inning,” Mulholland said. “I have a very young team, and we just keep fighting.”

In that first game, Camanche catcher Devon Belk led off with a triple, and that trickled down to a 14-man inning for the Indians. Belk, Seth Boysen, and Tanner Atkinson each had two hits in the frame. Camanche was up 7-0.

Dylan Busse scored the lone run of the second inning because of an Irish error.

“Camanche is a good team, but we’re almost to the point where we’re almost needing to start winning games,” Mulholland said. “Our guys simply were not ready to play.”

Camanche scored seven more runs in the third inning, sending 11 men to the plate. Belk had two more hits in the inning that included a single and a double. He was a home run shy of the cycle.

Prince of Peace scored its lone run in Game 1 in inning No. 1. Roth hit an RBI single that scored Drury to avoid getting shut out.

The Irish also had a chance in the top of the third by loading the bases, but Busse got out of the jam on the mound. Roth led off the third with a walk; Devin Bly hit a double and Seth Moeller, who was the Irish starting pitcher, walked.

Busse struck out Peters to end the inning.

Cochran welcomed both wins at such a timely manner following a 9-8 loss to Mid-Prairie on Thursday.

“We were needing that awful bad,” Cochran said. “I was really glad how we responded following a tough one (last night).”

Meanwhile, the Irish are still trying to find their groove with the only win of the season coming on June 2 against Easton Valley.

“We’ve almost got everything together,” Mulholland said. “Each game, we’ve gotten better and better. It’s all up to the kids to believe in themselves, and I think they’re ready to do that.”

Both schools are scheduled to play Monday — Camanche is at North Cedar while Prince of Peace travels to North Linn.

CAMANCHE 17, PRINCE OF PEACE 1

Prince of Peace     100     0     —     1     3     1

Camanche     917     x     —     17     15     0

Seth Moeller (2 ip, 11 h, 10 r, 9 er, 3 bb, 1 so), Devin Bly (1 ip, 4 h, 7 r, 7 er, 3 bb, 0 so) and Mike Peters. Dylan Busse (4 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 3 so) and Devon Belk. Multiple hits — Camanche (Belk 4, Seth Boysen 3, Tanner Atkinson 2, Derek Harksen 3). 2B — Camanche (Belk, Boysen, Atkinson); PoP (Bly). 3B — Belk. RBIs – Camanche (Belk 3, Blake Bialas, Boysen 4, Atkinson, Busse, Alec Curran, Hunter Alm, Harksen 4); PoP (Nic Roth).

CAMANCHE 7, PRINCE OF PEACE 5

Pr. of Peace      011     030     0     —     5     12    3

Camanche     230     200     x     —     7     8     2

Jon Weisner (6 ip, 10 h, 7 r, 4 er, 2 bb, 1 so) and Peters. Levi Carber (5 ip, 8 h, 5 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 3 so), Blake Bialas (2 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 2 so) and Belk. Multiple hits — PoP (Bly 2, Peters 2); Camanche (Peasley 3, Boysen 2). 2B — PoP (Lucas Laufenberg). RBIs — PoP (Wiesner, Laufenberg, Peters, Bly); Camanche (Belk, Bialas, Atkinson, Boysen, Peasley, Harksen).

 

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