The score remained 2-2 until the home half of seventh. Engelb Vielma tucked a sharp ground ball inside first base all the way to the right field corner and sprinted to third for a triple. One out later, Vielma tagged and scored on a Zack Granite sacrifice fly to left.
Their lead didn’t last long.
Clinton tied the game at three in the eighth inning thanks to Vielma’s second throwing error – and the Kernels’ fifth of the game – before Haar’s tenth-inning heroics.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Clinton’s Diaz lasted 4.2 innings and allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits and two walks. He struck out five in his Midwest League debut. Kernels right-hander Aaron Slegers threw five innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. Slegers also matched Diaz with five punchouts.
Reinheimer, O’Neill, and Justin Seager – younger brother of Seattle’s Kyle Seager – each collected two hits apiece.
On Friday, the LumberKings send left-hander Eddie Campbell to the mound in game two of the series against Kernels southpaw Randy Rosario. First pitch from Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium is set for 6:35 CT.