The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

August 20, 2012

LumberKings win two over weekend

CLINTON — With a three-game lead in the Western Division standings entering play Sunday, the Clinton LumberKings are focused on taking care of their own business and that’s exactly what they did against Cedar Rapids.

Clinton pounded out 13 hits on its way to a 6-3 win at Ashford University Field on Sunday afternoon. The LumberKings also picked up a 4-2 win on Saturday for the weekend sweep.

In his Midwest League debut Sunday, left-hander Rusty Shellhorn turned in seven strong innings to win his first start with the LumberKings. The Mariners’ 31st round draft pick in 2012 allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings with three strikeouts.

The Kernels scored their two runs in the second and third inning on a pair of run-scoring base hits. Matt Scioscia delivered the first run in the second inning when he knocked in Gary Mitchell who doubled with one out. In the third, Kevin Moesquit singled to lead off the inning and scored three batters later when Zach Borenstein doubled to make it 2-0.

Clinton took the lead in the fourth inning when it rallied against Kernels’ starter Eswarlin Jimenez. An error by shortstop Eric Stamets started the inning and allowed Dan Paolini to reach. Ramon Morla launched a double off the wall in left-center field to bring home Paolini to make it 2-1. Jabari Blash followed with a double of his own to score Morla.

It was Blash’s second hit of the day at the time and the center fielder finished a perfect 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. After a Kevin Rivers groundout, Mike Dowd snuck a blooper down the right-field line to score Blash and make it 3-2 Clinton.

Dowd was at it again in the sixth inning with a run-scoring single to extend the lead to 4-2. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Rivers provided some insurance runs when he hit a two-run homer into the Lumber Lounge.

John Taylor worked a scoreless top of the eighth inning, but Clinton turned to David Colvin in the ninth and he struggled.

The right-hander hit Borenstein to lead off the inning and then allowed a single by Andy Workman. He got Gary Mitchell to fly out but then hit Scioscia to load the bases. Zach Wright plated the third Kernels run on a ground out for out number two. Frazier Hall pinch-hit for Trevor Hairgrove and promptly walked on four pitches to load the bases again.

For the second time in as many days, Clinton manager Eddie Menchaca summoned Stephen Shackleford for a one-out save. The LumberKings reliever delivered with his ninth save of the year when he got Moesquit to bounce to short to end the game. With the win, the LumberKings’ magic number for a playoff berth is 10 games and is 13 to win the division.

The two teams meet again on Monday night for game three of the four-game set. Clinton sends right-hander Jordan Pries (2-0, 3.27) to the mound

against Cedar Rapids right-hander Cam Bedrosian (3-10, 5.99) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30.

On Saturday, The LumberKings used a pair of timely home runs in a 4-2 win.

Cedar Rapids broke a scoreless game when Borenstein doubled to score Hall in the top of the fourth inning. Clinton left four runners on base in the first four innings but came through in the fifth.

Anthony Phillips started the inning with a base hit up the middle and moved to third on David Villasuso’s double to left-center. With one out in the inning, Jamal Austin hit a roller to short to bring home Phillips, but Villasuso was gunned down trying to advance to third for the second out in the inning. The next pitch delivered by Ryan Crowley was hit for a two-run homer down the left-field line by Paolini to give Clinton a 3-1 lead.

Villasuso more than made up for the base-running blunder in the seventh inning when he launched a solo blast well beyond the left-field wall to give the LumberKings a 4-1 lead. It was Villasuso’s first home run with Clinton.

The Kernels picked up a single tally in the ninth inning when they put together a two-out rally. Kyle Hunter pitched the seventh and eighth inning with no issues and then retired the first two batters he faced in the final frame. Then Wright doubled and Moesquit singled to put runners at the corners with two outs.

Shackleford allowed a run-scoring single by Eric Stamets to make it 4-2 and retired Alex Yarbrough to end the game.

Seon-Gi Kim picked up the win for Clinton, his fourth of the year in six solid innings. Crowley was tagged with the loss to drop to 1-5 on the season.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.
    "I'm playing with a great group of guys," Ernst said in a telephone interview. "We lost our last game (Thursday) night, but it's all about getting better."
    River Kings coach Nick Lawrence said Ernst had worked on a few new aspects to his game.
    "What he has worked on and what we would like to see him do is step outside and shoot a little bit more," Lawrence said. "I've watched him play a little bit this summer, and he's made five or six that I've seen."

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones leaves UNO program

    Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
    The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
    The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
    "College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
    Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
    Jones, the Herald's Player of the Year, averaged 19 points a game for the River Kings in his senior season and finished with the second-most rebounds with 160.
    He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.

    July 26, 2014

  • Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

    Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1.

    July 25, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • Testimony ends in trial LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Shelly Sterling, who had testified

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Cubs San Diego sinks Cubs, 13-3 CHICAGO — Tyson Ross kept mowing down Chicago Cubs hitters, long enough for San Diego’s suddenly potent offense to carry the Padres to victory for the second straight night.Ross struck out a career-high 11, and the light-hitting Padres broke out for

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trestman ready for round 2 BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — This time last year, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was still something of a curiosity.He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the le

    July 25, 2014

  • Sox jump on Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special.Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a

    July 25, 2014

High School Sports