CLINTON — The fifth-ranked Clinton River Kings split a pair of non-conference games at Alliant Energy Field Tuesday, trouncing the Preston Trojans 14-4 in five innings before getting knocked off 10-1 by the Wyoming Midland Eagles.

“Midland did everything that we had been doing,” Clinton coach Trent Snowden said. “They pitched exceptionally well, they hit the ball very well and they made some great defensive plays. The better team today won.”

In the opener Preston jumped in front 3-0 before Clinton (16-3) took control. The Trojans scored three quick runs in the top of the first inning.

Branden Michel led off with a single and Trevan Tebbe followed with a double to deep left field. Brett Petersen then stroked a two-run double to right on a shallow fly ball that got by River Kings right fielder Darryl Sexton after he made a diving attempt to make the catch.

Michael Daniels plated Petersen with a two-out single up the middle that nearly hit Clinton pitcher Curtis Howard.

The River Kings scored twice in the bottom of the first before taking control with a seven-run second inning and a five-run third inning.

In the bottom of the first Clinton’s Jacob Mangler, who was 3-for-3 in the game, led off with a single and promptly stole second. He moved to third on a single by Scott DeAngelis who then took second on an uncontested steal.

Ryan Clausen then grounded to Preston third baseman Matthew Daniels who threw Clausen out at first. On the throw Mangler broke for the plate.

Trojans first baseman Michael Daniels fired to catcher Josh Feddersen who tagged Mangler out to complete a double play.

David Lakin plated DeAngelis with a looping fly ball to center that could not be caught and went for a double. Lakin then scored after a pair of wild pitches.

The River Kings sent 13 batters to the plate in their seven-run second inning. Jordan Camp drew a leadoff walk. Drew Matzen then belted a long triple to center, scoring Camp.

Shawn Winoski, who was 2-for-2 with three RBIs in the game, followed with a line drive to right that got by Preston right fielder Lucas Assenmacher who made a diving attempt to catch the ball.

Matzen scored on the play and Winoski raced all the way around for an inside-the-park home run. With one out Mangler walked and stole second.

Mangler moved to third on a groundout by DeAngelis and scored on an infield hit by Clausen. Lakin singled and Clausen raced around to third.

Lakin took second on an uncontested steal before Ryan Hovey, who was 2-for-3 with five RBIs in the game, cracked a two-run single up the middle off the glove of Michel, Preston’s starting pitcher.

Camp and Matzen drew walks to load the bases. Winoski drove in his third run of the inning with an infield hit. Clinton left the bases loaded but led 9-3.

Mangler led off the River King third with a single. With one out he stole second for the third time. Clausen and Lakin walked to load the bases before Hovey unloaded them with a three-run double to deep left.

Camp then grounded back to the pitcher, Feddersen, who relieved Michel. Feddersen tried to get Hovey at third base but threw the ball away.

Hovey scored and Camp moved into second on the play. Camp took third on a wild pitch then scored on a sacrifice fly by Matzen, making it 14-3.

Preston scored once in the fifth as Tebbe doubled, Matthew Daniels singled and Tayden Helmle singled before Clinton closed out the 10-run rule win.

Howard hurled a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six.

In the second game of the split twin bill Midland, which entered with a record of 5-10, controlled the game virtually from start to finish.

The Eagles out-hit Clinton 13-5 and did not commit an error while the River Kings committed six.

Midland went up 2-0 with an unearned run in each of the first two innings. Clinton scored its lone run in the bottom of the second.

With one out in the River King second Hovey drew a walk. Camp singled and Hovey moved around to third. Matzen lofted a fly ball to right that dropped, plating Hovey, but Camp was forced out at second on the play.

The Eagles made it 6-1 with three more runs in the third another unearned run in the fourth.

Lakin came on to prevent any further damage, relieving Sexton with one run in, the bases loaded and one out. He got out the inning with a strikeout and a foulout.

Clinton’s best chance the rest of the way came in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs Matzen and Winoski each singled. They moved to second and third on a wild pitch, but Midland pitcher Alex Paulsen got Howard to flyout to end the threat.

The Eagles made it 10-1 with four more runs, just two earned, in the sixth.

Paulsen and the Midland defense were solid. Paulsen hurled a five-hitter. He walked two and struck out two.

“Sometimes a loss like this can be a motivator,” Snowden said. “It’s not like football where you have to wait another week. Hopefully we’ll play better (today). We played very poor baseball. It was uncharacteristic of the way we’ve been playing.”

The River Kings will try to bounce back today when they visit Central DeWitt.

Score by Innings

Preston 300 01 — 4 8 1

Clinton 275 0x — 14 13 0

Branden Michel, Josh Feddersen (3) and Feddersen, Tayden Helmle (3). Curtis Howard and Shawn Winoski, Ryan Clausen (4).

Two or more hits—Preston, Michel, Trevan Tebbe; Clinton, Jacob Mangler 3, David Lakin, Ryan Hovey, Winoski. 2B—Preston, Tebbe 2, Brett Petersen; Clinton, Lakin, Hovey, Mangler. 3B—Clinton, Matzen. HR—Clinton, Winoski. RBI—Preston, Petersen 2, Helmle, Michael Daniels; Clinton, Clausen, Lakin, Hovey 5, Matzen 2, Winoski 3.

Score by Innings

Midland 113 104 0 — 10 13 0

Clinton 010 000 0 — 1 5 6

Alex Paulsen and Scott Willimack. Darryl Sexton, Lakin (4) and Winoski.

Two or more hits—Midland, Jarred Stepp, Jed Holland, Riley Williams 3, Cameron Sorgenfrey, Zach Bonney; Clinton, Winoski. 2B—Midland, Holland. RBI—Midland, Holland, Williams 3, Sorgenfrey 2, Bonney 2; Clinton, Matzen.

Records—Midland 6-10, Clinton 16-3. Next—Clinton at Central DeWitt, today.