CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings collected their first wins of the young baseball season with a doubleheader sweep of North Scott at Alliant Energy Field on Tuesday.

Senior Jordan Camp blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the River Kings a 3-2 win in Game 1. Junior Darryl Sexton pitched a complete game while striking out 12 in allowing just four hits.

In Game 2, Clinton won 10-0 in six innings as senior Matt Weller got the win on the mound while allowing just two hits.

Clinton head coach Trent Snowden was pleased with the performance of his southpaw hurlers.

“Darryl Sexton did a great job, we’ve never really asked him to go the distance, but he did a great job,” Snowden said. “Matt Weller did too. He did better than he did against Camanche and got ahead of a few hitters tonight.”

The Lancers got on the scoreboard first in Game 1.

Each team went scoreless in the first inning, but in the top of the second North Scott’s Elliott Schlabach recorded an RBI single to put his team up 1-0.

The River Kings struggled at the plate in the early going. Clinton had just two hits in the first five innings as Shawn Winoski singled in the second and Tyler Redman doubled in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, North Scott added another run after they loaded the bases on three walks, then scored on a Kent Reimers RBI single to make the score 2-0.

In Clinton’s half of the sixth, the River Kings rallied.

The inning started when senior Scott DeAngelis was hit in the helmet by a pitch.

Drew Matzen then singled to left field to give Clinton baserunners at first and second.

Camp, the River Kings clean-up hitter, came to the plate next. With the bunt and steal sign on, DeAngelis and Matzen stole third and second on an attempted Camp bunt.

With the runners in scoring position, Camp was given the green light to swing away. He obliged with a towering shot to left-center field that cleared the fence and gave the River Kings a 3-2 lead.

Sexton went the distance, closing out the Lancers in the top of the seventh to give Clinton their first win of the season.

The second game was another defensive gem for the River Kings as Weller limited the Lancers just a pair of hits. Weller gave up one hit in the first and one in the third in the shutout win.

Clinton’s bats came alive in the second game as they scored 10 runs on 11 hits. Leading the way was DeAngelis, Austin Krick and Tyler Redman who registered two hits a piece in the win.

The River Kings started the scoring with two runs in the second inning. Redman knocked in Austin Krick and Evan Voss brought in Sexton to give Clinton the 2-0 lead.

Clinton upped the lead to 3-0 in the third when Sexton popped out to left field and DeAngelis tagged from third.

In the fifth, the River Kings added to their lead with a six-run outburst.

The inning started with a single by Camp, who moved to second on a Krick groundout to the pitcher.

Sexton reached on a single and Winoski plated Camp with another single.

Redman and Evan Voss were issued back-to-back walks, with Voss’s scoring Sexton.

Mangler, the lead-off hitter, knocked in two on a double down the third base line.

Mangler scored when Matzen reached on an error to give Clinton the 9-0 lead.

The River Kings closed out the game in the sixth after Krick walked to open their half of the inning and Redman knocked him in two batters later with a walk-off single. The game was ended on the 10-run rule and Clinton completed the sweep.

Snowden was happy to get the first wins of the season out of the way after starting 0-2.

“They’re nice to get,” Snowden said. “We struggled offensively in the first two games. Jordan’s three run homer in the first game kind of woke our bats up. After starting 0-2 we never panicked, we knew we could hit. I told the kids that when some of the major leaguers have an 0-for-21 slump, they don’t panic and that we shouldn’t either.”

Snowden was also pleased to start the conference slate 2-0.

“It’s big to start 2-0,” Snowden added. “ We didn’t know much about them, but we know there are no easy teams in the MAC. To hold them scoreless in Game 2 says a lot about our defense. We are pretty solid defensively and I think we’re pretty solid overall.”

Clinton is now 2-2 overall and 2-0 in MAC play.

The River Kings will travel to Cedar Rapids tonight to take on Prairie. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

Game 1

Score by Innings

North Scott 010 001 0 —2 4 0

Clinton 000 003 x —3 6 0

Tyler Durant, Matt Petersen (7) and Cole Prater. Darryl Sexton and Shawn Winoski.

Two or more hits—NS, Petersen. 2B—Clinton, Tyler Redman, Sexton. HR—Clinton, Jordan Camp. RBI—NS, Elliott Schlabach, Kent Reimers; Clinton, Camp 3.

Game 2

Score by Innings

North Scott 000 000 —0 2 3

Clinton 021 061 —10 11 1

Greg Daniels, Kent Reimers (5), Billy Dittmer (6) and Cole Prater. Matt Weller and Shawn Winoski.

Two or more hits—Clinton, Scott DeAngelis, Austin Krick, Tyler Redman. 2B—Clinton, Jake Mangler. 3B—Clinton, Krick. RBI—Clinton, Mangler 2, Drew Matzen, Darryl Sexton, Redman, Evan Voss 2, Winoski.

Records—Clinton 2-2, 2-0 Mississippi Athletic Conference.

Next game—Clinton at Cedar Rapids Prairie, 7 p.m. tonight.

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