By Tom Schultz For the Herald
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON -- Thursday night’s baseball match-up between the Camanche Indians and the Prince of Peace Irish saw a last-minute change of venue from Ashford University Field to Camanche’s field. The change worked out well for Camanche in both ends of the doubleheader, winning 5-0 and 13-3 on the shoulders of strong pitching.
Game 1 starter Tanner Schreiner threw five shutout innings, getting himself and his teammates out of several jams.
In the second inning, he loaded the bases with a two-out walk but was able to get out of the situation by inducing a flyout to center. Schreiner dealt with two other two-out jams by striking out the side in the third and fifth.
“I was real pleased,” Camanche coach Daryl Cochran said. “We struggled on Monday night and it was nice to come out and have some good pitching, some timely hitting and pretty good defense for the most part.”
Prince of Peace put up its biggest threat of Game 1 during the fifth inning when leadoff hitter Lucas Laufenberg began the inning with a single. He was advanced to third on a walk and a stolen base before a ground ball to first cut him down at the plate on the tag to end the inning.
The defense from both teams was above average; minimal mistakes were made in the field.
“It was nice to have no errors,” Cochran said, referring to game one.
Game 2 was a different animal as the Indians came out scoring, putting up a single run in each of the first four innings before breaking out in the fifth for six runs. The Indians took advantage of the free passes, stealing bases and advancing the extra base as much as possible through the first five innings.
Camanche scored its first two runs without recording a hit, allowing the passed balls from Prince of Peace to get them around the bases along with a stolen base mixed in here and there. An RBI groundout to the right side of the field from Hunter Alm showed perfect execution with the runner on third, bringing in Cody Mensinger to score.
Derek Harksin got the first hit of the game for the Indians with an infield single to start the third and later scored on yet another passed ball. The lone error of the game for Prince of Peace came back to bite it in the fourth when an overthrow from the pitcher put Kyler Campie on second after a botched pickoff attempt. He scored on an Alm double, extending Camanche’s lead to 4-0.
“We kept battling. I liked it where we just seemed like we were scoring runs on every opportunity we got, one run an inning. Then we kind of busted it open in the fifth inning,” Cochran said. “So that was nice to see that we were finally able to put some more hits together, and I think that was the big thing.”
The fifth inning was a torturous one for the Irish pitching as no one could find the strike zone. Ten Indians stepped to the plate, with six of them earning walks. The lone hit of the inning came early from Schreiner. Otherwise there was an RBI groundout from Mensinger and a bunch of wild pitches and passed balls that sent the runners around the bases like a merry-go-round.
Camanche was unable to hold on to the shutout in the bottom half of the fifth inning with a 10-0 lead that would have ended the game early had it recorded the last three outs. The first error of the night by the Indians opened the flood gates for Prince of Peace, which worked itself two walks to load the bases. All of sudden, the Irish were hopping up to the plate with enthusiasm that had all but disappeared just minutes before after the excruciating half inning on defense.
An RBI single from Devin Bly put the Irish on the board for the first time on the night, and that was followed by another RBI single, this one from Laufenberg, and finally an RBI walk to Jacobs before the inning ended. That was all of the scoring on the night for Prince of Peace, but Camanche added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to give it the 10-run win.
Thursday’s wins for Camanche were the first two of the season after the Indians had dropped their previous four in some tough battles, but they look toward building some momentum as the season progresses.
“For a young team like this it was important for us to get a couple of wins,” Cochran said. “Hopefully that gives us a little momentum going into tomorrow night against Monticello.”
CAMANCHE 5, PRINCE OF PEACE 0
P of Peace 000 000 0 -- 0 5 0
Camanche 200 021 x -- 5 7 0
Schreiner (5 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 5 bb, 3 so), Bialas (2 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 4 so) and Atkinson; Laufenberg (3 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 3 so), Moeller (3 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 0 so) and M. Peters.
Multiple hits -- Camanche (Harksen 2); PoP (Jacobs, Laufenberg). RBIs -- Camanche (Boysen, Harksen, Atkinson).
CAMANCHE 13, PRINCE OF PEACE 3
Camanche 111 161 2 -- 13 5 1
P of Peace 000 030 0 -- 3 5 1
Busse (6 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 9 so), Harksen (1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 0 so) and Schreiner; Weisner (3 ip, 1 h, 3 r, 1 er, 3 bb, 3 so), J. Peters (1 2/3 ip, 2 h, 6 r, 3 er, 7 bb, 0 so), Jacobs (2/3 ip, 0 h, 2 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 1 so), Drury (1 2/3 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 1 er, 1bb, 2 so) and M. Peters. Multiple hits -- PoP (Bly 2, Laufenberg 3). 2B -- Camanche (Boysen, Atkinson, Alm). RBIs -- PoP (Bly, Laufenberg); Camanche (Alm 2, Atkinson).