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Clippers win the weekend

June arrived and the Watkins Clippers’ bats were bustin’ out all over. The dominance began on Saturday, June 1, as the Clippers entered and won the Winsted tournament, in 2 games, 9-6 over the Twin Cities Lyon’s Pub Warriors, and 11-0 v the Howard Lake Lakers, in a 5 inning 10-run rule affair.

Watkins jumped out early in game one against the Warriors, tallying 8 runs in the first two innings. After the first five Clippers walked to start the game, the combination of Matt Geislinger’s single, Adam Hiltner’s sacrifice fly, and Kevin Kramer’s base knock, cleared the bases, bringing in all five. Dan Berg doubled to start the second inning, and following a couple of walks, Matt Geislinger belted a 2-run homer, making the lead, 8-0. The Warriors managed a few, scattered runs in the ensuing innings, but the Clips shut them down and held on.

Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Matt Geislinger, 2 for 4, run scored, 3 RBI, home run; Adam Hiltner, 3 for 3, run scored, RBI.

Pitching: Bruce Geislinger, 2 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 K’s; Dan Berg, 4 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 Ks, winning pitcher.

Game two v Howard Lake featured Kimball’s Matt Gei“slingering” a no hitter! Shutting out the Lakers with 9 strikeouts and issuing just 1 walk, Geislinger was unquestionably “king of the hill” during his “5 innings of fame”.  Offensively, the Clippers put one on the scoreboard in the first inning, on a Dan Berg sacrifice fly, scoring Kevin Kramer, who was hit by a pitch, and advanced to third base on a steal and passed ball. Kimball got two in the third, on a double by Kevin Kramer and a Berg base hit. Adding four more in the fourth inning, the Clippers got singles by Miah Kramer and Adam Hiltner, followed by a 3-run shot by Kevin Kramer. Kimball completed the rout in the fifth, on hits by Brendan Ashton, Miah Kramer, Matt Geislinger, Adam Hiltner, and Kevin Kramer.

Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 3 for 3, 3 runs scored, 5 RBI, double, home run; Dan Berg, 1 for 2, 3 RBI; Brendan Ashton, 2 for 3, run scored; Miah Kramer, 2 for 3,
2 runs scored; Adam Hiltner, 2 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI.

Pitching: Matt Geislinger,
5 innings, 0 runs, 1 walk, 9 Ks, No-hitter.

The Clippers traveled to
St. Nicholas, Sunday, June 2, and kept their winning ways going, beating the Nicks, 9-1. Making his first appearance as a Clipper, TJ Frericks pitched a flawless game, going 7 innings, striking out 3, surrendering 4 hits, walking 1, and giving up 1 earned run. Taking advantage of a few Nicks’ fielding mishaps in the first inning, Kimball’s Dan Berg singled and Matt Geislinger smacked a 3-run double, posting a 4-0 lead. The Clips added one more in the fourth on a hit by Bryan Benson. Putting a cap on things, Watkins posted four final runs in the fifth inning, thanks to timely hits by Grant Warren and Adam Hiltner. The Clippers ended the game with a decisive 9-1 victory, and ended the weekend, undefeated.

Hitting: Bryan Benson, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI; Dan Berg, 1 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI; Miah Kramer, 1 for 3, run scored; Grant Warren, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI; Matt Geislinger, 1 for 4, double, 3 RBI; Adam Hiltner, 1 for 3, runs scored, 2 RBI.

Pitching: TJ Frericks, 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 3 Ks; Dan Berg, 2 innings, 2 hits,
0 runs, 0 walks, 3 Ks.

Looking forward to another busy week, the Clippers visit Cold Spring, Wednesday, June 5, for a 7:30 start; they return home on Friday, June 7, to host Kimball; and play a home game with Luxemburg on Sunday afternoon, June 9, at 2 p.m.