CLINTON — The good news for the River Kings is that through 10 days the team is undefeated. That record would look even more impressive if four of six games hadn’t been canceled because of poor weather.
Clinton’s season opener against Northeast on May 20 was called for lightning. On May 25, a four-team home tournament was called after a morning full of rain. Tuesday night, lightning (again) was the culprit, cutting short a nine-hit, eight-run slugfest for the Kings in a non-conference game versus Davenport Central.
For now, Clinton’s record will remain on hold at 2-0, with wins over Dubuque Hempstead and Dubuque Senior last week.
“Mother Nature always bats last,” Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham said.
Weather halted what was shaping up to be an eventful matchup. After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning, Clinton responded with six straight hits in the bottom half. Brothers Alex and Dustin Caldwell reached base on infield singles, followed by a three-run blast from Cody Collender to take the lead 3-2.
“He got a hold of that,” Cunningham said of Collender. “There was no question that was a no-doubter. The bats are hot right now. The kids are seeing everything that’s thrown.”
Ryan Driscoll, Jordan Chapman, Jake Faur, Evan Jackson and Cody Nolan also scored for the Kings before the inning was over.
The Blue Devils notched another run off Clinton starter Cole Pennock in the second. Before the Kings could unsheathe their bats again, umpires called the game because of lightning.
With only 1 1/2 innings played, the stats from Tuesday are for naught, even if the teams reschedule. That would include six RBIs and a homer for Clinton.
However, there will be ample opportunities to re-pad the numbers. Clinton plays Cedar Rapids Prairie at 7 tonight on the road. The May 25 tournament has also been rescheduled for Saturday, June 15, with Northeast, Camanche and a possible fourth team in the mix.
“Preston was not able to play, so we’re either looking to add a fourth team or just play a round robin,” Cunningham said. As for tonight: “It’s going to be a good game. Last year they got us by a run, so we’re looking to pay them back.”
He added that the Kings will likely send junior Jordan Chapman to the mound.