The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

May 20, 2013

High hopes as season starts

CLINTON – In Kevin Cunningham’s first season as Clinton High baseball coach, the River Kings surprised opponents and put together a 20-14 season.

This year, opponents probably will expect more from the River Kings, but the Kings expect more, too.

“We’re looking to have a great season,” senior Cody Collender said. Clinton opens the season this evening, when both the baseball and softball teams take on Northeast in Goose Lake. “We lost some good guys, but we have a lot of talent. I’m excited for this season.”

Graduation claimed the Kings’ leading hitter from a year ago, Travis Morehead (.379), and three other lineup regulars -- catcher Adam Ebensberger (.345), shortstop Matt Stumbaugh (.308) and outfielder Matt Judge (.304) – but no other seniors played in more than 10 games. Morehead (4-1, 3.47 earned-run average) and Stumbaugh (3-4, 4.41) also were the two leaders in innings pitched by a wide margin.

Despite the losses, Collender said he isn’t too worried about the team’s hitting or pitching.

“We’ll get a lot of hits and play old-school baseball,” he said. “We’ll have more depth at pitching.”

Collender leads the list of lettermen, which includes five of last year’s top seven hitters.

He batted .364 with two home runs and 29 runs batted in last year after hitting .371 as a sophomore. He also stole 26 bases in 29 attempts.

Also back are Ryan Driscoll, who hit .344 with four home runs and 25 RBIs, Alex Caldwell (.359), Cody Nolan (.320) and Dustin Caldwell (.315). Driscoll is the top returning pitcher. He went 5-1 with a 4.31 ERA last year.

Collender said the individual numbers wouldn’t matter much if they don’t produce wins.

“We’d like to make state, that’s what we talk about,” he said. “We’ve got to have good team chemistry. We can’t get down on ourselves; that’s the main thing. We’ve got to play like a baseball team.”

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

  • Technology plays key part in battling police brutality (with VIDEO)

    Allegations of police brutality are nothing new -- as long as there has been law enforcement, citizens have registered claims that some officers cross the line. But in the last few years, the claims of excessive force are being corroborated with new technology from cell phone cameras, police dash-cams and surveillance videos. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton Community School District 2013-2014 Wages

    Clinton Community School District 2013-2014 Wages

    July 24, 2014

  • techel.jpg Iowa man convicted of killing pregnant wife

    A jury convicted an Iowa man Thursday of killing his pregnant wife in 2012, rejecting his claims of innocence after the third trial in the case.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • RAGBRAI rider from Sioux City dies in Mason City

    A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.

    July 24, 2014

  • Facebook continues moneymaking trend

    Facebook seems to have figured out - for now at least - the holy grail for all media right now: how to make money selling mobile ads.

    July 24, 2014

  • Deliberations resume at Iowa man's murder trial

    Jurors will be allowed to review the video, but not the transcript, of an Iowa man being interrogated as they consider whether he's guilty of murder in the death of his pregnant wife.

    July 24, 2014

  • Has the iPad lost its swag?

    The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year.

    CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple's new partnership with IBM to sell its devices to IBM's corporate customers will help make iPads ubiquitous in the workplace.

    July 24, 2014

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

AP Video