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Clippers take two out of three, are headed to state

The Central Valley League 2013 Regional 11-C baseball tournament championship was captured by the Watkins Clippers at the Cold Spring Complex last weekend, Aug. 10 and 11. The Clippers took advantage of a few Raymond Rockets’ defensive mishaps, and broke out with a dozen hits, in their Saturday, Aug. 10, victory over Raymond, 5-4. Watkins’ Matt Geislinger was sharp, collecting the complete game win, as he struck out 13 and scattered just 6 hits. Clippers’ hitting: Adam Hiltner, 1 for 5, run scored; Kevin Kramer, 1 for 5; Matt Geislinger, 

2 for 5, run scored; Grant Warren,
3 for 3, run scored; Brendan Ashton, 1 for 4, run scored; Miah Kramer, 3 for 4, run scored; Bryan Benson, 1 for 3.

Game Totals:

            1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  R H  E

Rockets 0 0 1  0 0 0  3 0 0  4 6  3

Clippers 0 0 1  1 3 0  0 0 0  5 12 1

The action continued on Sunday, August 11, and the Watkins bunch again took on the Raymond Rockets, this time in a double-header affair.  The Clips dropped game one, 8-0, and it was never really in doubt.  Watkins had their share of hits (10), but none were in a timely fashion.  After a 4-run third inning, the Rockets hammered out 12 hits en route to their commanding shut-out victory.  Raymond’s Tyler Knott picked up the complete game win, while Watkins’ T.J. Frericks was charged with the loss.  Clippers’ hitting: Adam Hiltner, Kevin Kramer, and Grant Warren, 2 hits apiece; Brendan Ashton, Mike Beier, Dustin Kramer, and Bryan Benson each had one hit.

Game Totals:

               1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  R  H  E

Rockets    0 1 4  1 0 1  0 0 0  8 12  1

Clippers    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 10  3

Taking the field for the rubber game, Watkins played it close to the best, squeaking out the win, in an extra-frame walk-off thriller, 5-4.  The spectacular 14-inning decisive clash advanced the Clips to the upcoming state tournament, earning a first-round bye.  Mike Beier picked up the win for the Clippers and the Rockets’ Justin Koenen went the distance, and took the heart-breaking loss. Clipper’s hitting: Dan Berg, 1 for 6; Kevin Kramer, 3 for 7; Adam Hiltner, 0 for 6, run scored; Matt Geislinger, 2 for 6, 2 runs scored; Grant Warren, 3 for 6, run scored; Brendan Ashton, 2 for 6, run scored; Mike Beier, 1 for 1; Tyler Long,
1 for 5.

Game Totals:

           123  456  789  10 11 12 13 14  R  H  E

Roc      013  000  000   0   0   0   0  0   4 10 4

Clip      000  012  100   1   0   0   0  1   5 12 3

The wild and whacky weekend proved well worth it for the Clippers, as they now enter the state competition with a first-round bye.  The Clippers play on Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., in Maple Lake.  Fourteen-year veteran and all-around good guy Dan Berg is happy to be heading to state.  “This is my first state tournament in 14 years of amateur baseball.  I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play in the state tournament with this group of guys.”