CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings will play wait-and-see to discover if they qualify for the Iowa State Baseball Tournament.

Lightning and an eventual rain storm forced Wednesday night’s Class 4A substate game to be postponed after three innings with Pleasant Valley leading 4-2.

The contest will be resumed at 7 p.m. tonight at Alliant Energy Field with the Spartans coming to bat in the top of the fourth.

Both teams got off to solid offensive starts by scoring twice in the first inning.

In the top of the frame, Pleasant Valley’s Keegan Quimby and Adam Geneva led off with walks before Nathan Schickling lined an RBI single up the middle.

Logan Frame advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt before Brady Claussen hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Geneva.

Clinton answered right back, though.

Scott DeAngelis led off by grounding a single up the middle and went to second when the catcher dropped the ball after Jake Mangler struck out.

Ryan Clausen followed with a monstrous homer over the left-field fence and onto the berm near the Clinton LumberKings’ clubhouse to tie the contest.

The Spartans tacked on two more runs in the second. Brad Weiss walked and scored on Joe Brom’s triple to the gap in right-center field.

Bruce Clark then hit an RBI single to left and went to second when the fielder had trouble coming up with the ball.

Curtis Howard relieved Ryan Hovey on the mound and induced two fielder’s choices and a flyout to end the frame.

Clinton threatened in the bottom of the second after two were out.

Shawn Winoski hit a bloop single to left, Howard grounded a single to left and DeAngelis walked to load the bases.

However, Frame got Mangler to hit into a fielder’s choice to keep the River Kings off the scoreboard.

Clinton got its first two runners on base in the third when Clausen and Hovey walked, but Frame followed by forcing two strikeouts and a flyout.

At that point the umpires stopped play after spotting lightning. The tarp was put onto the field and, with bad weather not far away, play was suspended.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal for either team to have to come back and finish the game up tomorrow,” said Clinton coach Trent Snowden. “It actually gives us a chance to regroup and talk about what we need to do.”

Snowden said the suspension may allow the return of Darryl Sexton, the starting center fielder in the game who also is an ace lefty pitcher. He left after the first inning due to illness.

“I’m pretty pleased how we got runners on base,” said Snowden. “We just need to find a way to push some more runs across. I’m guessing five or six runs will win this game, so we need to hold them to no more than one or two and score some more ourselves.”

Score by Innings

Pleasant Valley 220 —4 4 0

Clinton 200 —2 5 1

Game suspended by rain after three innings

Logan Frame and Jayce Wallin. Ryan Hovey, Curtis Howard (2) and Shawn Winoski.

3B—Pleasant Valley, Joe Brom. HR—Clinton, Ryan Clausen. RBI—Pleasant Valley, Nathan Schickling, Brady Claussen, Brom, Bruce Clark; Clinton, Clausen 2.

Records—Pleasant Valley 21-17, Clinton 23-10. Next game—Game will be resumed in the fourth inning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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