CLINTON — For much of the nightcap during Monday night’s baseball twin bill, the Clinton River Kings dominated Bettendorf.

But the Bulldogs came up big when it mattered most, scoring twice in the seventh inning for a 4-3 victory at Alliant Energy Field.

Bettendorf also won the opener 9-1 to complete the sweep.

Clinton shot out to a 3-0 lead by the third inning of the second game, but the Bulldogs responded by scoring a combined four runs on six hits over the final three innings.

“Basically they out-executed us in the final innings,” said Clinton coach Trent Snowden. “They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t get it done. Up until that point I was pretty happy with how we played.”

Clinton scored twice in the second inning.

Ryan Hovey, who pitched a complete game for the River Kings, led off with a hard grounder to first base. The ball took a bad hop and hit Mitch Overstreet in the face, resulting in an infield single.

Overstreet lost part of a tooth on the play and left the game for good.

Curtis Howard followed with a walk and a wild pitch put runners at second and third before Dylan Schneeberger ripped an RBI single to left.

Dustin Carpenter followed with a grounder to the shortstop, who threw home only to have Howard slide under the tag.

David Lakin later reached to load the bases, but the Bulldogs got three straight outs to wriggle out of further trouble.

Clinton scored another run in the third.

Greg Espey hit a sharp single past third base and Howard walked before Schneeberger singled through the right side to knock in the run.

Bettendorf nearly got on the board in the fourth, but Alex Sieg was pegged at home plate on a nice throw from right fielder Chris Perrin to Schneeberger.

Bettendorf sliced into Clinton’s lead in the fifth, taking advantage of four hits and an error.

Tyler Bevard knocked in the first run with a short single to left before Zack Young singled and Gabe Tisue reached on an error to load the bases.

Sieg followed with a single up the middle to make it 3-2 before Hovey struck out Tyler Robbins looking to end the threat.

Perrin singled in the bottom of the fifth and got all the way to third, but was unable to score.

“I thought we had their pitcher on the ropes in the fourth or fifth inning,” said Snowden. “We had chances to deliver the knockout punch and get up by six or seven, but you have to give credit to Bettendorf because they didn’t let us do that.

“We hit the ball, but just hit it at people,” he added. “Plus they made some great defensive plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”

Clinton turned a double play to get out of the sixth inning before the Bulldogs struck for two runs in the seventh.

Things looked good for Clinton to start the inning, as Lakin made a sliding catch for the first out in center field.

Young then singled to left and moved to second on a groundout before scoring on a single down the third-base line by Sieg.

Sieg went to second on the throw home and moved to third on a wild pitch.

Robbins was then hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners, setting up the game’s pivotal play.

Robbins ran halfway between first and second to get caught in a rundown. As Hovey and the River Kings closed in to make a play on him, Sieg took off and beat the attempt to get him at home.

“In hindsight I should have called timeout before that,” said Snowden. “We handled it well until the last part. It took Bettendorf a lot of guts to do that, but it obviously worked for them.”

Clinton threatened in the bottom of the seventh, though.

With two out, Perrin — who had reached on a fielder’s choice — advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Espey then struck out, but the pitch went to the backstop and the River King reached base to put runners at the corners.

However, that’s where it would end as a groundout concluded the contest.

Snowden cited Hovey’s pitching performance. He struck out three while giving up nine hits.

“As the game moved on, we were prepared to go to Greg (Espey),” said Snowden. “But Ryan’s curveball was getting across and they weren’t hitting it hard. He didn’t miss many spots. I thought he threw really well.”

Bettendorf got off to a quick start in the opener, tallying three runs in the top of the first inning.

David Reckman led off when he legged out an infield single and moved to second when Young lined a single to left.

Reckman later scored when Robbins reached base on an infield error, and Nick Whitty plated two more runs with a single through the right side of the infield.

The Bulldogs doubled the size of their lead in the third.

Robbins led off with a hard single by third base, moved to third on Whitty’s single and scored on an error.

Joel Hutter pushed across another run when he grounded a single through the left side of the infield and Bevard got the other RBI on a single to left, putting the Bulldogs ahead 6-0.

Clinton threatened in the bottom of the third. With one out, Ken Garvey walked before Carpenter hit into a fielder’s choice.

Lakin followed with a shot down the left-field line that went for a double, putting runners at second and third before Bettendorf pitcher Shane Rogan recorded a strikeout to end the inning.

The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the fourth.

Young singled, advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Whitty’s single to right.

Courtesy runner Brandon VanBlaricome stole second and eventually scored when three consecutive batters walked.

Hovey provided a highlight for Clinton in the top of the fifth when he made a lunging catch in left field for the final out.

The River Kings seemed to feed off that momentum by finally getting on the board in the bottom of the frame.

With one out, Hovey walked and went to second when Carpenter lined a single up the middle.

Following a strikeout, Lance Dennis delivered an RBI single to left.

Ryan Clausen followed with a walk to load the bases before a lineout ended the frame.

Bettendorf scored a run in the sixth when Robbins singled, stole second and crossed the plate on Tisue’s single to right.


Score by Innings

Bettendorf 303 201 0 —9 11 0

Clinton 000 010 0 —1 7 4

Shane Rogan, Zack Young (6) and Nick Whitty, Tyler Hughes (6). Ken Garvey, Chris Perrin (4), Dustin Bengston (7) and Dylan Schneeberger.

Two or more hits—Bettendorf, Young, Tyler Robbins, Whitty 3; Clinton, David Lakin. 2B—Clinton, Lakin. RBI—Bettendorf, Whitty 3, Gabe Tisue, Joel Hutter, Tyler Bevard 2; Clinton, Lance Dennis.


Score by Innings

Bettendorf 000 020 2 —4 9 1

Clinton 021 000 0 —3 9 2

Tyler Bevard and Nick Whitty. Ryan Hovey and Dylan Schneeberger.

Two or more hits—Bettendorf, Alex Sieg; Clinton, Lance Dennis, Schneeberger, Dustin Carpenter. 2B—Bettendorf, Gabe Tisue. RBI—Bettendorf, Sieg 2, Bevard; Clinton, Schneeberger 2, Dustin Carpenter.

Records—Bettendorf 12-7, 4-4 Mississippi Athletic Conference; Clinton 3-7, 2-6. Next game—Camanche at Clinton, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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