CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings outscored the Camanche Indians in a non-conference prep baseball slugfest at Alliant Energy Field Wednesday night, earning their ninth straight win with a 15-8 decision.

In a game that included 25 hits and 17 walks Camanche (3-5) drew first blood, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. With two outs junior Matt Shaw crushed a long home run to left field. Sophomore Logan Hilgendorf (3-for-5) followed with a single before his cousin Colten Hilgendorf laced an RBI triple.

Clinton (9-1) scored once in its half of the first inning as junior Scott DeAngelis drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on senior David Lakin’s two-out single. The River Kings had a chance for more in the inning but left the bases loaded.

Clinton went up 3-2 with two more runs in the second inning. Senior Curtis Howard drew a one-out walk and stole second. Freshman Jacob Mangler followed with an RBI triple. DeAngelis plated Mangler with a squeeze bunt.

The Indians pulled even with a run in the third inning as Shaw led off with a single, moved to third on a single by Logan Hilgendorf and scored on Colten Hilgendorf’s fielder’s choice.

The River Kings scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 5-3. Senior Ryan Hovey led off with a single. Junior Jordan Camp drew a walk before sophomore Shawn Winoski sacrificed the runners to second and third.

Sophomore Darryl Sexton plated Camp with an RBI single before Howard lofted a sacrifice fly to score Camp.

Clinton took control in the fourth, sending 13 batters to the plate in an eight-run outburst as the Kings built a 13-3 advantage.

Senior Ryan Clausen was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Lakin (3-for-4) followed with a single before Hovey bunted for a hit to load the bases.

Camp plated Clausen with a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch moved Hovey and Lakin to second and third before Winoski looped a two-run single to right.

Winoski, the catcher, stole second before being replaced by courtesy runner Drew Matzen, a junior. Sexton walked before Howard bunted for a hit to again load the bases.

Matzen scored on a fielder’s choice by Mangler as Howard was forced out at second. Mangler took second on an uncontested stolen base attempt before he and Sexton scored when DeAngelis grounded to second and the throw to first was dropped.

DeAngelis moved to second on the play and took third on a wild pitch. Clausen was then hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning before Lakin walked to once more fill the bases.

The last two runs of the inning scored when a ground ball by Hovey caromed off Camanche junior relief pitcher Nate Stuer’s glove to senior second baseman Tyler Cozzolino who could not make the play as DeAngelis and Clausen came around to score.

One the brink of a 10-run rule loss the Indians fought back with five-run frenzy in the fifth. Senior Jace Stratton lofted a leadoff double down the left-field line that caromed off the glove of Lakin, the shortstop, as he tried to make a diving catch.

Shaw drew a walk before Logan Hilgendorf cracked a two-run double. Colten Hilgendorf singled before Logan Hilgendorf scored on a wild pitch.

Junior pinch hitter Jeff Wilging plated Colten Hilgendorf from second with a single. Junior Mick Cochran singled before junior pinch hitter Cody Fishwild drew a walk to load the bases.

With one out Cozzolino singled, plating Wilging. Cochran also tried to score on the play but was thrown out by plenty by Howard, the left fielder.

Stratton followed with another single to again load the bases with Shaw, the No. 3 hitter, coming up. Lakin came on in relief and prevented any further damage by getting Shaw to groundout.

Clinton tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Clausen drew a leadoff walk before Lakin bunted for a hit. The runners moved to second and third on Hovey’s sacrifice and scored on Matzen’s two-run single.

Camanche threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. But, Lakin finished things off by striking out Shaw and Logan Hilgendorf.

“We executed very well,” Clinton coach Trent Snowden said. “We played some small ball. I wasn’t surprised at all when they came back. You never have enough runs against them. They’re a good hitting team.”

“It’s always like this between these teams,” Indians coach Darryl Cochran said. “It’s always a barn-burner. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Our kids played hard. We got behind and came back. I was happy with our effort. I think we’re just starting to come together. We’re starting to play better as a unit.”

Both teams are scheduled to be back in conference action today. The River Kings will visit Bettendorf for a Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheader, while the Indians will host Midland in a Big East Conference clash.

Score by Innings

Camanche 201 050 0 — 8 13 3

Clinton 122 802 x — 15 12 2

Nick Risdal, Nate Stuer (4) and Jace Stratton. Matt Weller, Jordan Camp (5), David Lakin (5) and Shawn Winoski.

Two or more hits—Camanche, Tyler Cozzolino, Stratton, Matt Shaw, Logan Hilgendorf 3, Colten Hilgendorf; Clinton, Jacob Mangler, Lakin 3, Ryan Hovey. 2B—Camanche, Stratton, L. Hilgendorf. 3B—Camanche, C. Hilgendorf; Clinton, Mangler. HR—Camanche, Shaw. RBI—Camanche, Cozzolino, Shaw, L. Hilgendorf 2, C. Hilgendorf 2, Jeff Wilging; Clinton, Mangler 2, Scott DeAngelis, Lakin, Camp, Drew Matzen 2, Winoski 2, Darryl Sexton, Curtis Howard.

Records—Camanche 3-5, Clinton 9-1. Next—Midland at Camanche, today; Clinton at Bettendorf, today.