The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 18, 2013

5 L'Kings gearing up for Dayton

CLINTON — With the Midwest League All Star Game finally here, Clinton will be well represented.

Five LumberKing standouts made the 2013 squad: outfielders Dario Pizzano and Jabari Henry, catcher Tyler Marlette and pitchers Dylan Unsworth and Tyler Pike. The distinction earned high praise from manager Eddie Menchaca, who said on Wednesday that the honor extends beyond the first half of the season with each player harboring hopes for a career in the big leagues.

“It’s a amount,” he said. “There’s 25 guys on the roster and to have five going -- they’re well-deserved players -- it’s a credit to our organization... to the staff for keeping them consistent. It goes down on their resume, their baseball card. It goes down in our organization as far as these guys were in the All Star game representing the Seattle Mariners and the LumberKings.”

This year’s game will be held in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Although Unsworth recently went on the seven-day disabled list (his status uncertain for whether he will play in the game), the rest of the All Stars verbalized their excitement for having the opportunity.


With a team-leading 53 strikeouts, Menchaca called Clinton’s left handed ace “one of the best lefties I’ve seen in this league,” crediting his deception and delivery.

Pike posted a 4-3 record with a 2.90 earned run average through 12 starts thus far. Both numbers make put him in the top 15 among players in the league. Through 59 innings, he’s allowed only 19 earned runs.

“I didn’t think I had an outstanding first half, so it surprised me a little bit,” Pike said. Since he’ll make his next start on Sunday, he doesn’t think he’ll actually throw in the game. “But it’s a great honor to be voted in by the coaches. Hopefully it’ll get me more motivation to get me going.”

Text Only
  • River Hawks win triangular CLINTON -- Cration Andresen claimed medalist honors and teammate Logan Wilhelm took second Thursday as they led Easton Valley to first place at a boys golf triangular hosted by Camanche at The Oaks Golf Course. Easton Valley finished with a 190-strok

    April 19, 2014

  • White Sox whipped by Texas Rangers ARLINGTON, Texas -- Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming. When the umpire's arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo's check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his

    April 19, 2014

  • L'Kings keep Hot Rods cold BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- There's nothing like jumping on a team when it's down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night. For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, th

    April 19, 2014

  • Saints split on the road CEDAR RAPIDS -- Ashford split a pair of lopsided softball games on the road Friday. The Saints beat Mount Mercy 14-2 in the first game of the doubleheader, but the Mustangs came back to take the second game 9-1 in five innings. Special to the Herald

    April 19, 2014

  • Cubs drop fifth straight CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija has had a hard time finding run support this season. The same could be said for all Chicago Cubs' pitchers. First, the good news: Chicago managed to break a 24-inning scoreless streak. And then, the usual dose of bad news:

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19-14 1B-Photo, Fulton catch HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Hall halts Steamers FULTON, Ill. -- Fulton knew it had its hands full heading into Friday's baseball game against Hall. After all, the Red Devils entered the game with an 8-1 record, and they had momentum after blanking Rockridge the day before. Fulton fell to Hall 5-2

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shutout gives Ashford split CLINTON - Kevin Delzell's strong pitching helped Ashford come away with a split as it began its final home weekend of the season with a split against Clarke in college baseball Friday afternoon at Ashford University Field. Ashford got a strong pitchi

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-18-14 1C-Photo, Blackhawks Blackhawks start blue in Cup defense ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions. Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Bl

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • River Kings light up the Day DAVENPORT -- Clinton continued its strong season in boys track and field, taking first place Thursday at the Jesse Day Relays on the final day of qualifying for the Drake Relays. The River Kings scored 138 points. Solon edged Davenport Central 120-11

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18-14 3C-Photo, Rasche Clinton tennis splits with Muscatine CLINTON -- The Clinton tennis team faced Muscatine at Max Lynn Tennis Complex on Thursday where it was a tale of two duals. The girls' team won 9-0 over the Muskies while the River Kings fell 8-1. Queens sail in sweep In the six singles matches, not

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports