The Watkins Clippers traveled to Eden Valley Sunday,
May 26, and picked up their first win, edging the Hawks, 11-8. Having played the early season thus far with a make-shift roster, the Clippers finally got to full strength, welcoming back vets and “rooks” Kevin Kramer, Matt Geislinger, Brendan Ashton, Bryan Benson, and Miah Kramer.
Kevin Kramer got things started with a bunt single, stealing second base and moving to third on a fly ball. Brendan Ashton brought him in with a sacrifice fly, giving the Clips an early 1-0 lead. Following a second inning base knock by Grant Warren and an Adam Hiltner double, Bryan Benson and Kevin Kramer brought them in, boosting the Clippers’ advantage to 3-0. Watkins broke the game open in the sixth, with a 6-run 6-hit flurry. Matt Geislinger singled and scored on a Hiltner double, and the Clips were buzzing. Bryan Benson and Kevin Kramer each singled, and Tyler Long was hit by a pitch. Dan Berg stepped up and delivered a 2-RBI double, knocking out Hawks’ starter Dan Hansen. After reliever Cam Knudsen recorded two quick outs, Matt Geislinger crushed Cam’s confidence, smacking a 2-RBI single, and putting a wrap on the rally. Bryan Benson hit a 5th-inning double and scored on a Dan Berg single. With a 10-0 lead, the Hawks took advantage of a couple of Clippers’ defensive mishaps and picked up 3 runs. Watkins picked up their final run on a 7th-inning Dustin Kramer base hit that scored Benson, who had earlier singled. Eden Valley made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, but Clips’ reliever Mike Beier slammed the door and shut down any rally hopes.
Watkins Clippers Highlights:
Kevin Kramer, 3-6, 2 runs scored, RBI; Dan Berg, 2-4, double, 3 RBI; Matt Geislinger, 2-4,
2 RBI; Adam Hiltner, 2-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, RBI; Bryan Benson, 3-5, 3 runs scored, RBI;
Eden Valley Hawks Highlights:
Mike Arnold, 3-5, double, RBI; Jeff Haag, 2-3, double, 4 RBI; Jake Anderson, 2-2;
Matt Geislinger, 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned, 1 walk, 8 K’s;
Mike Beier, 3 innings, 10 hits,
5 runs, 4 earned, 0 walks, 3 K’s;
Dan Hansen, 3 innings, 9 hits,
9 runs, 9 earned runs, 0 walks,
2 K’s, Loss;
Cam Knudsen, 4 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks,
Heath Kramer, 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 K’s;