The Watkins Clippers had another busy weekend, losing to Kimball, 14-3, on Friday night, June 7, and beating Luxemburg, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon, June 9. The Kimball affair was a tough one to swallow, as the Clippers were thumped in a 7-inning contest. After a first-inning Kevin Kramer home run, Watkins’ hopes were soon subverted, as that would be the last time the Clips would hold the lead. The Express steamed up fast, scoring 2 in the second, 2 in the third, and 5 in the fourth, stretching the lopsided advantage to 9-1. The Clippers managed a couple of more runs, thanks to a pair of doubles by Miah Kramer and Dan Berg, who also pounded a sixth-inning solo shot. Kimball put the Clippers out of their misery in the seventh, posting 3 more runs and slamming the door.
Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 1 for 3, home run; Dan Berg, 2 for 3, home run, double; Miah Kramer, 2 for 3, double, RBI.
Pitching: Matt Geislinger, (Loss) 4 innings, 12 hits, 9 runs, 9 earned, 2 walks, 6 K’s; Bruce Geislinger, 3 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned, 3 walks, 4 K’s.
Sunday brought a breath of fresh air to the Clippers, as they dusted off the bats and put up a 5-spot in the fourth, assuring the ultimate victory over Luxemburg. The Clips’ 9-4 win ended their 2-game skid and kept them at a respectable 5-5 overall mark. Kevin Kramer’s base hit started the Clippers out on the right foot, and Matt Geislinger’s sacrifice fly later plated him. Adam Hiltner and Brendan Ashton teamed up in the third inning, singling, doubling and scoring run number 2. In their half of the fourth inning, Luxemburg tied the game at two, but Watkins came storming back with a “fin” in the bottom half, on a two-out rally. Following a very costly Brewers’ boot, Bryan Benson and Kevin Kramer singled, and Adam Hiltner doubled, ending the roller coaster ride at five. The Clippers would add two more runs in the ensuing innings, on a Dan Berg double and a solid base hit by Grant Warren.
Next up for the Clippers is the Highway 55 Tournament in Watkins, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June
13, v Litchfield. (See brackets at right.)
Clippers’ #8 Adam Hiltner hits the ball hard but the Express defense makes a good play for an out. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.