Tricounty News

Watkins Clippers lose a heartbreaker at home

The Clippers lost a 13-12 squeaker Sunday at home, in a good Central Valley League showdown with the Cold Spring Rockies. Behind a second-inning grand-slam home run by the Rockies, designated hitter Kirby TeBrake, the Cold Springers rallied for 6 total runs to finish the frame with a 6-0 commanding lead. But despite Watkins’ 8 fielding mishaps, they still managed 10 runs in the ensuing 3 innings. The Rockies answered with 4 more runs and held a 13-10 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth. After rallying for 2 more runs in the ninth, the Rockies’ defense stiffened and quashed the Clippers’ hopes, sealing the 13-12 victory.

Clippers’ highlights: Adam Hiltner, 2 for 5, 2 runs scored, walk; Tyler Long, 4 for 6, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI; Dan Berg, 2 for 5,
2 runs scored, RBI; Miah Kramer, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI; Mike Beier, 2 for 4, 4 RBI; Ryan Tri, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored, RBI; Bruce Geislinger, 0 for 2, run scored. Next up for the Clippers is Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., when they take on the Express at Kimball.