CAMANCHE — The Clinton River Kings broke from a 1-1 tie after three innings, scoring 12 runs over the next three frames to pull away for a 13-1 six-inning win over the Camanche Indians in prep baseball action Wednesday.

Clinton (1-1) got in the scoring column first, pushing a run across in the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter David Lakin opened the game with a single up the middle. He stole second and scored on Ryan Clausen’s one-out single to left.

The River Kings loaded the bases as Chris Perrin reached on an infield hit and Lance Dennis drew a two-out walk. But, Camanche starting pitcher Tyler Cozzolino got out of the inning without any further damage, retiring Clinton’s Dylan Schneeberger on a come-backer to the mound.

The Indians (0-2) answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Cozzolino drew a leadoff walk and stole second. He moved to third on Justin Hayes’ single to center and scored on Tony Foster’s double to center.

Camanche left Foster and Hayes at second and third as River Kings starting pitcher Dustin Carpenter retired the next three batters in order.

Clinton loaded the bases again in the second inning. With one out Kenny Garvey reached on an error, Lakin singled to left and Greg Espey walked, filling the bases. Cozzolino again escaped, however, retiring the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, Clausen and Perrin.

The River Kings left two more runners on in the third inning.

“We left eight runners on in the first three innings, but overall we hit the ball and gave ourselves some chances to score some runs, and finally it came,” Clinton coach Trent Snowden said.

Clinton went up 3-1 with two unearned runs in the fourth. With one out Espey reached on an error. He scored from first on a Clausen’s double to right-center. With two outs Tanner Skiff singled to right, plating Clausen.

The Indians loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth. Jace Stratton led off with an infield hit. With two outs Zach Mussman drew a walk before Carpenter hit No. 9 hitter Nate Metzger with a pitch to load the bases. Carpenter got out of the inning by getting Cozzolino to flyout to end the inning.

The River Kings made it 6-1 with three more runs, just one earned, all with two outs in the fifth. Garvey drew a two-out walk, Lakin reached on an infield hit and Espey drew another walk to load the bases.

Garvey scored on a passed ball. After Clausen walked, Lakin and Espey both scored on an errant pickoff throw to first.

Camanche threatened in the bottom of the fifth as Hayes drew a leadoff walk before Foster belted a double off the center-field fence.

Snowden then brought on reliever Ryan Hovey, who retired the next three batters and six of the seven hitters he faced, four of them on strikeouts.

“I was really proud of both our pitchers,” Snowden said. “Dustin started off a little shaky, but he settled down and threw some good innings, and Hovey came in and did a great job.”

Clinton blew the game open with seven runs on just three hits in the sixth. Curtis Howard drew a leadoff walk and stole second.

With one out Schneeberger singled in Howard. Carpenter drew a walk before Garvey reached on an error, which allowed courtesy runner Mark Misiewicz to score.

Lakin walked to load the bases. Espey drove in a run with a single to center before courtesy runner Dustin Bengtson scored on a close play at the plate following a wild pitch. Perrin singled in two more runs and Dennis drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Clinton out-hit Camanche 11-4 and took advantage of nine walks and six errors.

“We had too many errors,” Indians coach Darryl Cochran said. “We had some opportunities. We just didn’t get the timely hits. Clinton played well. They didn’t make any mistakes.

“It’s early. I’m not too worried. We’re real young. We’re going to make mistakes. But, we’re going to get better.”

The Indians open Big East Conference play today at Preston. The sophomore/varsity doubleheader begins at 5 p.m.

The River Kings begin Mississippi Athletic Conference play Friday when they host Davenport North at 5 p.m. at Alliant Energy Field.

Score by Innings

Clinton 100 237 — 13 11 0

Camanche 100 000 — 1 4 6

Dustin Carpenter, Ryan Hovey (5) and Dylan Schneeberger. Tyler Cozzolino, Nate Metzger (5) and C.J. Saxon.

Two or more hits—Clinton, David Lakin 3, Ryan Clausen, Chris Perrin; Camanche, Tony Foster. 2B—Clinton, Clausen; Camanche, Foster 2. RBI—Clinton, Greg Espey, Clausen 2, Perrin 2, Tanner Skiff, Lance Dennis, Schneeberger; Camanche, Foster.

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