CLINTON — Clinton took advantage of an open door and twice closed the door on Northeast’s comeback hopes en route to winning its own baseball tournament Saturday.

The River Kings capitalized on two Northeast errors in a four-run fourth inning on their way to a 7-6 victory in the title game at Alliant Energy Field.

Even after Clinton (15-2) went up 7-2, Northeast wasn’t done. The Rebels erupted for three runs in the sixth inning to close within two before Ryan Hovey took the mound and put out the fire.

Hovey got in a bit of a jam in the seventh, giving up a run before again dousing the Rebels’ hopes by securing the victory.

Northeast (14-3) jumped on top in the first inning when Dylan Diedrich’s infield single scored Shawn Johnston.

But the River Kings answered right back in the bottom of the frame as Scott DeAngelis, who had singled earlier in the inning, came across on David Lakin’s ground ball.

The Rebels grabbed their final lead with a run in the third.

Jake Dever singled, moved to second on a balk and scored on Nick Mohr’s single up the middle.

After going scoreless in the bottom of the third, the River Kings came to life in the fourth.

Hovey led off with an infield single. He got caught between first and second on a pickoff attempt, but beat the throw to second and the ball went into center field. That allowed Hovey to take third.

Jordan Camp reached on another error, allowing Hovey to score to tie the game.

Drew Matzen followed with a walk and, after a flyout, Curtis Howard walked to load the bases.

Jacob Mangler then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Camp.

DeAngelis followed with a two-run triple over the right fielder’s head for a 5-2 lead.

Clinton kept things going in the fifth when Lakin doubled to the right-center field gap to lead off the frame, stole third and scored on Hovey’s infield single.

Hovey was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Shawn Winoski’s line single past third base.

The Rebels refused to fold, though.

In the top of the sixth, Derek Ketelsen led off with a walk, Matt Truninger reached on an error and Shaun Eberhart singled to left to load the bases.

Lucas Rorah then hit to third, but the throw to second for the forceout was off target and two runs scored.

Evan Voss then relieved Lakin on the mound and Jordan Howe dropped a single into right to score another run and make it 7-5.

Hovey then came into pitch and got the next two batters to fly out.

“I live for that situation,” said Hovey of taking the mound during the inning. “I wanted the ball.”

After hitting Mohr with a pitch, Hovey induced a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Northeast had one last gasp in the seventh.

Ketelsen reached base on an error to lead things off and Trunigner walked.

Hovey then fanned Eberhart and Rorah before hitting Howe with a pitch to load the bases.

He then struck Dever out looking with a curveball to end the game.

“I wasn’t feeling too good about my curveball today,” said Hovey. “(Catcher) Shawn (Winoski) called for it and I shook him off and he called it again. So I talked to him quickly and he said the call was coming from coach, so I threw it and got the strikeout. I guess that’s why he’s the coach.”

Clinton coach Trent Snowden cited his pitching staff for stringing together a strong overall outing.

“Matt (Weller) did a good job,” said Snowden of the River Kings’ starter. “We were hoping to get three innings out of him and we got a bit more. David came in and threw well and we got as much out of him as we could, and then we put Evan in for one batter for matchup purposes. He made a good pitch, but the guy still managed a single.

“Ryan entered in a tough spot with runners on second and third, but he came through,” Snowden added. “His fastball is good and his curveball is better. He had to go to the curve at times and it got us some outs.”

Johnston pitched the entire game for Northeast and scattered eight hits while fanning one.

“I’m glad to beat Johnston,” said Snowden. “He’s thrown against us three years and until now I don’t think we’ve beaten him. He’s a quality pitcher, but fortunately we scored enough runs early to win.”

“They fight like no team we’ve seen this year,” said Hovey of Northeast. “I thought my fastball was good, but they kept fouling it off and fouling it off. They’re a great team.”

Northeast coach Jeff Howe was happy with his squad’s effort.

“I told the kids afterwards that this was nothing but a positive game for us,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of games and we’re not looking for moral victories, but I was still happy how we performed. The kids played loose and like they had nothing to lose. Clinton is a nice team and ranked 10th in Class 4A, yet we gave them a great battle.”

Calamus-Wheatland won the consolation game in six innings, beating Camanche 19-4.

The Warriors shot out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the first inning and increased it to 11-1 by the third.

Camanche kept the game going with three runs in the fifth, but the Warriors responded with an eight-run sixth.

Kirby Rock belted a three-run homer in the big sixth frame for Calamus-Wheatland (7-9). Nick Richards added three hits for the winners.

Camanche (3-11) had nine hits, with Colten Hilgendorf getting two of those.

In the opening round, Clinton beat Camanche 10-0 in five innings and Northeast stopped Calamus-Wheatland 14-4.

Clinton got a two-hit pitching performance from Mangler, who struck out two.

Lakin paced the offense with four hits — all singles — and three RBIs. DeAngelis added three hits, while Mangler had a double and single.

Camanche’s hits were singles by Matt Powell and Brock Gilbert.

Northeast scored in every inning but the first in its win over Calamus-Wheatland.

Howe had a double and two RBIs for the winners, while Truninger knocked in three runs and Ketelsen and Ace Diedrich two each.

Rock and Ryan Mason each doubled for the Warriors, who were hurt by six errors.


Score by Innings

Camanche 000 00 —0 2 5

Clinton 430 03 —10 13 0

Nate Stuer, Sean Baretich (5) and Jace Stratton. Jacob Mangler and Shawn Winoski.

Two or more hits—Clinton, Mangler, Scott DeAngelis 3, David Lakin 4. 2B—Clinton, Mangler, Ryan Clausen. RBI—Clinton, Mangler, DeAngelis, Clausen 2, Lakin 3, Ryan Hovey, Jordan Camp.

Score by Innings

Northeast 031 332 2 —14 12 1

Cal-Wheat 002 020 0 —4 10 6

Ryne Lingle, Ace Diedrich (6) and Jake Dever. Nick Richards, Andy Peterson (5), Bryce Perry (6) and Logan Goettsch.

Two or more hits—Northeast, Shawn Johnston, Derek Ketelsen, Matt Truninger, Shaun Eberhart; Calamus-Wheatland, Ryan Mason 3, Goettsch. 2B—Northeast, Jordan Howe; Calamus-Wheatland, Kirby Rock, Mason. RBI—Northeast, Howe 2, Nick Mohr, Dylan Diedrich, Ketelsen 2, Truninger 3, A. Diedrich 2; Calamus-Wheatland, Ryan Powers, Dylan Daehn, Mason, Alex Matzen.


Score by Innings

Cal-Wheat 407 008 —19 15 1

Camanche 100 030 —4 9 2

WP—Ryan Mason. LP—Jace Stratton.

Two or more hits—Calamus-Wheatland, Ryan Powers, Kirby Rock, Mason, Nick Richards 3, Alex Matzen; Camanche, Colten Hilgendorf. 2B—Calamus-Wheatland, Powers, Mason; Camanche, Stuer, Brock Gilbert, Sean Baretich. 3B—Calamus-Wheatland, Tim Olson. HR—Calamus-Wheatland, Rock. RBI—Calamus-Wheatland, Powers, Rock 3, Mason 3, Richards 2, Olson 2, Jacob Bomia, Matzen, Mitch Christensen 2, Chris Dahms; Camanche, Hilgendorf, Stuer, Gilbert 2.

Records—Calamus-Wheatland 7-9, Camanche 3-11. Next game—Camanche at Calamus-Wheatland, Monday.


Score by Innings

Northeast 101 003 1 —6 7 2

Clinton 100 420 x —7 8 3

Shawn Johnston and Jake Dever. Matt Weller, David Lakin (4), Evan Voss (6), Ryan Hovey (6) and Shawn Winoski.

Two or more hits—Northeast, Jordan Howe, Dever; Clinton, Scott DeAngelis, Ryan Clausen, Hovey. 2B—Clinton, Lakin. 3B—Clinton, DeAngelis. RBI—Northeast, Howe, Nick Mohr, Dylan Diedrich; Clinton, Mangler, DeAngelis 2, Lakin, Hovey, Jordan Camp, Winoski.

Records—Northeast 14-3, Clinton 15-2. Next games—Northeast at East Central, Monday; Davenport West at Clinton (DH), 5 p.m. Monday.