The ninth-ranked Class 1A Calamus-Wheatland Warriors baseball team scored four unearned runs on one hit in the seventh inning to knock off the Clinton River Kings 10-8 on the Eagle Heights Elementary School diamond Tuesday evening.
Cal-Wheat (12-1 in Big East play) ran its overall season record to 13-3 with the victory. Clinton fell to 8-6.
The River Kings travel to Cedar Rapids Xavier today, then face the Pleasant Valley Spartans in a 3 p.m. makeup game Thursday at Pleasant Valley. Clinton then plays at noon Saturday at the Wilton tournament.
The Dave Rock-coached Cal-Wheat nine scored first and last in the up-and-down non-conference battle between the Big East Warriors and Mississippi Athletic Conference River Kings. The Warriors put two runs on the scoreboard with one hit and four Clinton errors in the first inning before the four-run barrage in the seventh.
“The big story of the game was our six errors,” River Kings coach Trent Snowden said. “That was not good but was the story of the game. Despite the errors, we fought through, scored runs and threatened them.
“Their players made the plays, ours didn’t with some uncharacteristic errors,” he said. “They are a good team that hit the ball and made us field it. We did not look like a (Class 4A) fielding team tonight.”
Rock said: “The game got a little hairy, but we really stayed with them and hit the ball well. Trent (Snowden) has a good team, but I felt we could stick with them and play with them.
“Getting the early lead helped us for that is good against a big team. They came back, but we just plugged away ourselves. We made their pitcher (Jake Olalde) throw out of the stretch, which works in your favor, then we had good at bats.”
Clinton made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first. Olalde reached first, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on a double by Jake Mangler. The Kings took the lead 3-2 in the second. Justin Clark walked and stole second. He crossed the plate after two were out on a Kyle Jackson double. Jackson was driven home with an Olalde single.
The visitors tied the score in the third on doubles by Logan Goettsch and Ryan Powers who had four hits, including three doubles.
The River Kings jumped in front 6-3 pushing over three counters in the fourth on three hits — a single by Adam Young, Jackson’s second double, a single by Olalde — and two Cal-Wheat errors.
Starting Clinton pitcher Matt Morrow was relieved in the fifth inning by Jackson, who gave up a single run on back-to-back doubles by Mitch Christiansen and Powers, and two more in the sixth. An error, a walk to Goettsch and singles by Christensen and Powers, that off Olalde, allowed Cal-Wheat to tie the score again, 6-6.
The River Kings broke the tie in the last half of the sixth off Warriors relief pitcher Nolan Christensen, who gave up consecutive singles to Jared Voss, Mangler and Austin Krick, then a sacrifice bunt by Brendon Roggendorf and a sacrifice fly lofted to deep right field by Clark.
Alex Matzen led off the seventh with a walk before Nolan Christensen struck out. Jeff Mente walked, putting runners on first and second. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third, but Olalde whiffed Todd Daehn for the second out.
Logan Goettsch rapped a slow roller to Voss at third. His throw to first was wide, allowing Matzen and Mente to score with Goettsch resting at first. Christensen lofted an Olalde pitch over the left-field fence for the final two runs. Powers hit a ground ball to Krick at first base who made the inning’s final putout unassisted.
Matzen took the mound in the bottom of the seventh for the winners. After getting Young to fly out to right and striking out Jackson, he walked Olalde and Voss before Mangler lofted a fly to deep left caught at the fence by Christensen.
CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 10, CLINTON 8
Cal-Wheat 201 012 4 — 10 12 3
Clinton 120 302 0 — 8 13 6
Todd Daehn (5 ip, 6 so, 1 bb, 6 r, 10 h), Nolan Christensen (1 ip, 1 so, 0 bb, 2 r, 3 h), Alex Matzen (1 ip, 1 so, 2 bb, 0 r, 0 h) and Logan Goettsch; Matt Morrow (4 ip, 3 so; 0 bb, 3 r, 6 h), Kyle Jackson (1 1/3 ip, 0 so, 1 bb, 3 r, 4 h), Jake Olalde (1 2/3 ip, 4 so, 2 bb, 4 r, 2 h) and Brendon Roggendorf. WP - Matzen. LP - Olalde. Multiple hits — C-W (Christensen 3, Powers 4, Matzen 2), Clinton (Olalde 2, Voss 2, Mangler 2, Krick 3, Jackson 2). 2B — Clinton (Mangler, Jackson 2); C-W (Goettsch, Christensen, Powers 3). HR - C-W (Christensen).