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Clippers advance over Rockies in thriller

The Clippers stayed alive in the playoffs with an 11-inning victory over Cold Spring last weekend, 7-2. The Rockies scored the first two runs of the game in the fourth and fifth, to grab the lead, but the Clippers answered back with one in the sixth, on an RBI-single by Brendan Ashton, scoring Adam Hiltner, who earlier walked to start the inning. Then after a lead-off eighth-inning single by Adam Hiltner, Grant Warren’s RBI base hit tied the game at 2 apiece. After a couple of ensuing, blank innings, the Clippers exploded for 5 in the 11th inning, sealing the 7-2 decision. The flurry began with a pair of back-to-back singles, ultimately putting runners on first and third base. Bryan Benson plated Ashton on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt. The Clips added 4 more runs on hits by Hiltner, Kevin Kramer, and Grant Warren. Matt Geislinger was on the mound and went the first 10, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 16 Ks, and T.J. Frericks came in to shut the door. The Clippers advance to play on Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m., v the winner of Cold Spring and St. Augusta.

Hitting: Adam Hiltner, 3-5,
3 runs, RBI; Kevin Kramer, 4-4, RBI; Grant Warren, 3-6, 3 RBI; Brendan Ashton, 2-5, RBI, run scored; Miah, 2-5; Tyler Long, 2-5.

Pitching: Matt Geislinger,
10 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 16 Ks and 3 walks; T.J. Frericks,
1 inning, with 3 Ks.