The last time Camanche and Clinton met in baseball, two weekends ago at Alliant Energy Field, Brendon Roggendorf was a vital supporting-cast player for the River Kings, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
This week, however, Roggendorf is ready to take his bow as the team’s leading power hitter of the week, following up a multiple-RBI and home run-hitting performance in Monday night’s doubleheader sweep of Davenport North with another home run that turned the tide Clinton’s way in its 7-4 non-conference victory Tuesday night at Camanche.
“Just having confidence, that’s the main thing,” Roggendorf said about his recent power surge. “A lot of guys can get hits, but you need confidence. I just tried to drive the baseball up the middle, and good things are happening.”
Still, though, it’s the first time in his career that he’s hit home runs on consecutive nights.
“Brendon has does a great job,” Clinton coach Trent Snowden said. “When the ball’s above his hands, he probably shouldn’t be swinging at those, but he likes those.”
Roggendorf, though, thought he got away with his fourth-inning home run off Camanche’s Dallas Johnson, which gave the River Kings (6-2) the lead.
“He (Johnson) was throwing a lot of offspeed and did a good job. I thought if it came in harder, I wouldn’t have had it go out,” Roggendorf said.
Just two batters later, Adam Young also went yard to make it 4-2, Clinton.
“I couldn’t find the ball for a while; I was missing it by a few inches,” Young said. “My coaches helped me make the adjustment, but yesterday I was 3-for-4 in the first game and was 2-for-3 in the second game. I’m starting to find the midddle of the ball now.”
The River Kings had scored their first run in the first inning on a deep home run by Jake Mangler that reached the Indians’ softball diamond before landing, but Camanche (9-3) took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Brett Johnson and Austin Stahl both scored on a two-run double by Jordan Moore. That lead held up until Roggendorf’s two-run home run.
Pitchers for both teams gave gritty efforts in achieving complete games. Clinton’s Kyle Jackson allowed just one earned run, a seventh-inning home run by Camanche’s Brady Grell. He struggled with his control in the seventh inning, putting the tying run at the plate with two outs, but was able to close out the victory.
“We had people ready to throw, if we needed them, but Kyle did a heckuva job, especially going seven,” Snowden said. “We knew he’d throw strikes; he’s proven that, even though it was the first time out this year. He had good composure out on the mound.”
At the same time, Camanche’s Dallas Johnson threw just 89 pitches for his complete game, even though he wound up with the loss.
“He made a couple of mistakes to the wrong people and they put it out of play; you have to tip your hat to them,” Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. “We’ve been playing pretty well throughout the early part of the season. We just gave up two big innings.”
But the Indians did have lots of moments of strong play, like leading for half the game, as well as two double plays and a nice play by third baseman T.J. Runge to rob Clinton’s Colin Sullivan of a base hit in the second inning.
“Defense is something we’ve been working on,” Cochran said. “We’ve made it part of our emphasis. I think we’re steadily getting better, and it showed. This is a tough week for us. We’re playing a couple of ranked teams this week, and we’ll see what we’re made of by the end of the week. Hopefully we’ll rise up and be right up there (in the rankings) as well.”
CLINTON 7, CAMANCHE 4
Clinton 100 320 1 — 7 10 3
Camanche 200 100 1 — 4 8 1
Kyle Jackson (7 ip, 8 h, 4 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 5 so) and Brendon Roggendorf; Dallas Johnson (7 ip, 10 h, 7 r, 5 er, 1 bb, 2 so). WP — Jackson. LP — Johnson. Multiple hits — Clinton (Tyler Morehead 2, Jared Voss 2, Roggendorf 2), Camanche (Brady Grell 2, Brett Johnson 2, D. Johnson 2). 2B — Clinton (Morehead, Voss), Camanche (Jordan Moore, D. Johnson). HR — Clinton (Jake Mangler, Roggendorf, Adam Young), Camanche (Grell). RBI — Clinton (Voss 2, Mangler, Austin Krick, Roggendorf 2, Young), Camanche (Grell, Moore 2, Taylor Grim).
Records — Clinton 6-2, Camanche 9-3.
Next — Clinton vs. Linn-Mar, today; Camanche hosts Calamus-Wheatland (2), Thursday.