CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings overcame an early 3-1 deficit to the Camanche Indians, riding a six-run fourth inning to a 10-4 win in prep baseball action at Alliant Energy Field Tuesday night.

Clinton (4-7) had lost six straight, dropping three Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheaders.

“It was nice to be able to do some of the things we did,” River Kings coach Trent Snowden said. “We were able to run more. We haven’t been able to do that lately, because we’ve been so far down in most games.

“We were able to get our leadoff guy on. That really helps. That’s one thing we haven’t been doing. There’s a lot of things you can do when that happens.”

The Kings scored first, pushing a run across in the bottom of the first inning. David Lakin led off with a single to center. He promptly stole second, then moved to third on a groundout by Lance Dennis. Ryan Clausen then lofted a sacrifice fly to left, plating Lakin.

Camanche (3-6) erupted for three runs on five hits in the second inning. Jace Stratton led off with a single to left. With one out Nate Metzger reached on a bunt hit before Aaron Johnson singled to center to load the bases.

With two outs Indians leadoff man Tyler Cozzolino reached on an infield hit, plating Stratton. Justin Hayes then scorched a two-run single down the left-field line, scoring Metzger and Johnson.

The Kings scored once in the bottom of the second. Ryan Hovey led off with a triple to right that was misplayed. Dylan Schneeberger followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-2.

Clinton sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, collecting six hits. Greg Espey led off with an infield hit and stole second base.

Hovey plated Espey with a sharp single past Cozzolino at second base into right field. Hovey promptly stole second, then scored on Schneeberger’s single to center.

Schneeberger, who was the Kings’ starting pitcher, was replaced by courtesy runner Curtis Howard who stole second. With one out Tanner Skiff drew a walk.

Lakin then hit into a fielder’s choice as Skiff was forced out at second while Howard moved to third. Dennis then stroked an RBI single to left.

Clausen followed with an RBI double off center fielder Zach Mussman’s glove. Clausen, the Kings’ catcher Tuesday, was replaced by courtesy runner Kenny Garvey. Chris Perrin drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left, making it 8-3.

Clinton tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Hovey drew a leadoff walk. With one out Dustin Carpenter singled to left. Hovey took third on a wild pitch and scored when Camanche catcher Tim Wisor threw the ball away. Carpenter moved to second on the play.

With two outs Lakin was hit by a pitch and Dennis drew a walk to load the bases. Clausen drew another walk to force in a run, making it 10-3. The Kings had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded.

Camanche loaded the bases in the sixth. Stratton reached on a two-base error to start things. With one out Metzger drew a walk and Schneeberger was replaced on the mound by Howard.

Schneeberger turned in a solid 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out seven, including five straight in a stretch that saw him strike out the side in the fourth.

“It was nice to see Dylan have a decent outing,” Snowden said.

With two outs pinch hitter Mitch Paysen drew a walk to load the bases. Cozzolino then lined a shot to center, but it was routinely handled by Lakin.

The Indians managed in the run in the seventh before falling short. Hayes belted a triple to right-center to lead off the inning. With one out he scored on a groundout by Wisor.

“We had a problem stopping their running game,” Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. “We were hitting the ball, but we could have used a couple more key hits.”

Camanche, 3-1 in league play, has a Big East Conference date at Northeast today. The JV/varsity doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m.

Clinton, 2-6 in conference action, visits Burlington in a MAC doubleheader Thursday.



Score by Innings

Camanche 030 000 1 — 4 8 1

Clinton 110 620 x — 10 12 1

Aaron Johnson, Todd Hosette (4) and Tim Wisor. Dylan Schneeberger, Curtis Howard (6) and Ryan Clausen.

Two or more hits—Camanche, Justin Hayes; Clinton, Chris Perrin, Greg Espey, Ryan Hovey 3. 2B—Clinton, Clausen. 3B—Camanche, Hayes; Clinton, Hovey. RBI—Camanche, Tyler Cozzolino, Hayes 2, Wisor; Clinton, Lance Dennis, Clausen 3, Perrin, Hovey, Schneeberger 2.

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