The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 10, 2013

Rebels fall in 7th to Clinton

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Clinton and Northeast took a tie game to the seventh inning, 3-3, Saturday afternoon in high school baseball. But, with three home runs, the River Kings put the game out of reach on a six-run final inning, winning 9-3.

Cody Collender, Nathan Harden and Jordan Chapman each blasted two-run shots in the final frame to give Clinton the edge. Meanwhile, reliever Cole Pennock threw a shutout bottom half to take down Northeast.

“Collender really got us going in the seventh,” Clinton coach Kevin Cunningham said. “Once he squared on that ball it really got us going. We strung together several more hits, and we were able to put six runs on them to get it.”

The River Kings are 6-2 (0-2 Mississippi Athletic Conference) in a season that has thus far featured a fair share of weather postponements. Saturday’s game, in fact, was a makeup day with the Rebels after the season-opener was called for lightning on May 20. Through three innings, Northeast led 3-2 when the game was restarted Saturday.

That score remained until Clinton knotted it in a one-run sixth inning. Pennock, who relieved starter John Gunderson, threw three shutout innings with eight strikeouts, affording time for his team to swing for the fences.

“It’s really amazing to me what (Pennock) has done,” Cunningham said. “He’s consistent, and probably the best part of his game is he keeps the hitters off balance.”

Northeast took its second loss of the season and fell to 7-2 (4-0 Big East Conference). Coach Tyler Howe wasn’t worried after Saturday’s game.

“There were a ton of positives,” he said. Tevin Stoecker led the Rebels with a home run, two hits and an RBI. “The kids played hard. We got the lead right away. We just kind ran out of gas a little bit.”

To keep arms fresh, Howe used five pitchers for two innings or less. He said the Rebels had a tough conference schedule ahead this week and was focused on those battles.

Northeast plays Big East rivals Midland (tonight) and Bellevue (Thursday), both home doubleheaders.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the guys taking care of business,” Howe said. “We have some opportunities this week. If we take care of our business it doesn’t matter what the other team does.”

The same can be said for Clinton, which plays tonight at Bettendorf, then hosts Davenport Assumption in Thursday night MAC play.

“They’re good teams, but I’m hoping we’ll compete and get back in this race for the MAC,” Cunningham said.

Maquoketa impresses at Cal-Wheat invite

CALAMUS — Behind two wins, Maquoketa continued its success during Saturday’s four-team tournament between Maquoketa, Bellevue, North Cedar and host Calamus-Wheatland.

Alex Becker threw seven solid innings in his win over the Warriors. The senior allowed only three hits with eight strikeouts in the 4-1 victory. Justin Alden scored Cal-Wheat’s lone run in the seventh inning behind a double from Austin Houzenga.

Against Bellevue, Maquoketa tallied nine hits in a 5-0 shutout win. Trent Bollman scored twice, going 3-for-3 at the plate with three stolen bases. Tyler Regan batted in three runs with a double to help the Cardinals improve to 8-4. They turn their attention to Dyersville Beckman tonight in a home doubleheader.

Cal-Wheat bounced back with a shutout win of its own against North Cedar, winning 2-0. Austin and Nick Houzenga drove in runs for the Warriors, who travel to Marquette Catholic for tonight’s doubleheader.

Sabers strong at tourney

DENVER — Central DeWitt racked up 23 runs between two games Saturday, taking down tournament host Denver 16-10 and then shutting out North Fayette 7-0.

The Sabers trailed 8-7 against Denver before rallying to score six runs over the next two innings. DeWitt tacked on another run in the sixth and two more in the seventh while shutting out Denver in the final four frames of the game.

Grant Henning led the way with four hits, a triple and two RBIs, while Jake Thuman scored five runs in the win. Austin Lechtenberg added three hits, three runs and two doubles, and T.J. Sikkema drove in five runs.

Against North Fayette, DeWitt scored four in the third inning and three in the fourth to take the game. The Hawks managed only two hits in the loss, reaching base only five times with three walks. The Sabers travel to Epworth tonight in a two-game set with Western Dubuque.

CLINTON 9, NORTHEAST 3

Clinton 011 001 6 — 9 12 0

Northeast 102 000 0 — 3 5 1

John Gunderson (2 1/3 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 2 so), Cole Pennock (4 2/3 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 8 so) and Jake Faur; Cole Dickey (2 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 4 so), Jared Henfrey (1 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 2 so), Tevin Stoecker (2 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 3 so), Ben Hildebrandt (1 1/3 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 1 so), Matt Haferbier (2/3 ip, 3 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb) and Zach Scott. Multiple hits — Clinton (Alex Caldwell 3, Cody Collender 2, Cody Nolan 2), Northeast (Tevin Stoecker 2). 3B — Clinton (Austin Driscoll). HR — Clinton (Collender, Jordan Chapman, Nathan Harden), Northeast (Stoecker). RBI — Clinton (Collender 2, Chapman 2, Harden 2, Jake Faur, Driscoll, Nolan), Northeast (Ben Hildebrandt, Stoecker). SB — Clinton (Collender 2, Drsicoll 2, Faur, Nolan).

Calamus-Wheatland Invite

MAQUOKETA 4, CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 1

Maquoketa 112 000 0 — 4 3

Cal-Wheat 000 000 1 — 1 3

Alex Becker (7 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 8 so) and Alex Eggers; Nick Houzenga (6 ip, 2 h, 4 r, 4 er, 4 bb, 7 so) and Austin Houzenga. Multiple hits — Maquoketa (Tyler Regan 2), Cal-Wheat (Austin Houzenga 2). 2B — Cal-Wheat (Justin Alden, A. Houzenga). RBI — Maquoketa (Ben Strathman, Alex Gilmore), Cal-Wheat (A. Houzenga). SB — Maquoketa (Trent Bollman, Strathman), Cal-Wheat (Christian Hansen, Alden, A. Houzenga).

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 2, NORTH CEDAR 0

North Cedar 000 000 0 — 0 4

Cal-Wheat 010 100 0 — 2 3

Josh Poell (5 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 2 so), Nolan Christensen (2 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 2 so). RBI — Cal-Wheat (Austin Houzenga, Nick Houzenga). SB — Cal-Wheat (Justin Alden, A. Houzenga).

MAQUOKETA 5, BELLEVUE 0

Maquoketa 300 020 0 — 5 9

Bellevue 000 000 0 — 0 5

Ben Strathman (7 ip, 5 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 2 so) and Justin Snyder. Multiple hits — Maquoketa (Josh Kirk 2, Christian Flenker 2, Trent Bollman 3, Tyler Regan 2). 2B — Maquoketa (Regan). RBI — Maquoketa (Regan 3). SB — Maquoketa (Kirk, Flenker, Bollman 3, Jacob Kloft).

Denver Tournament

CENTRAL DEWITT 16, DENVER 10

Denver 082 000 0 — 10 11

DeWitt 523 301 2 — 16 18

Lucas Daniels (2 ip, 8 h, 9 r, 6 er, 1 so), Lucas Perdieu (4 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 so), Jake Thuman (1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 2 so) and Jake Thuman. Multiple hits — DeWitt (Grant Henning 4, Austin Lechtenberg 3, T.J. Sikkema 3, A.J. Smith 2, Jake Thuman 2). 2B — DeWitt (Lechtenberg 2, Sikkema, Smith). 3B — DeWitt (Henning). RBI — DeWitt (Emmit Enyeart 2, Marty Green 2, Henning 2, Lucas Perdieu 2, Sikkema 5, Smith). SB — DeWitt (Tanner Clark, Enyeart, Sikkema 2, Thuman 3).

CENTRAL DEWITT 7, NORTH FAYETTE 0

DeWitt 004 300 0 — 7

North Fayette 000 000 0 — 0