Clippers scuttle Blue Raiders
TIFFIN— June 6, 2012: The 68th anniversary of D-Day. For the Anamosa Blue Raiders, they may well have felt like they were under siege as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers unloaded a batting barrage. Andrew Davis’ Clippers put up 29 hits and 29 runs in a varsity double-header to win 17-7 and 12-2 on the home diamond.
The bats came alive for CCA in the opener in the bottom of the second with three runs. The Raiders answered with two in the third, but the Clippers unloaded with four runs in their half of the inning. Again in the fourth, Anamosa put up two runs but this time CCA added five. In the fifth and final inning, the Raiders brought home three runners, and again the Clippers brought in five.
Tyler Schulte led offensively with four hits, three runs and an RBI. Tanner Bandy knocked out three hits with an RBI and scored three runs as well while Dillon Villhauer and Colton Beckler had two hits apiece. Villhauer also had a pair of RBIs while Beckler had one RBI and scored a run. A.J. Liddell, Stephen Jensen, Zach Anderson, Dalton Beckler and Mitch Stopko all had one hit apiece. Jensen and Anderson were credited with one RBI apiece while Stopko had four plus a run.
Villhauer worked four innings on the mound striking-out two, walking five and giving up four hits and four runs (three earned). Cody Wagner threw for one inning striking out one Blue Raider, walking three and giving up one hit and three runs with two earned.
The Clippers’ bats didn’t cool down during the break between games, in fact they may well have warmed up even more as Davis’ crew put up eight runs in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap and held Anamosa scoreless until the top of the third. The Raiders tried to rally, putting up two runs. In their half of the third, CCA put up one run, and added one run each inning until the early end after six had been played.
Bandy and Dalton Beckler had three hits each with one run and two RBIs for Bandy, and three runs and one RBI for Beckler. Jensen and Villhauer had two hits and two RBIs each with three runs scored by Villhauer. It was one hit apiece for Liddell, Anderson and Stopko. Liddell had a pair of RBIs; Anderson had one as did Stopko. Wagner sacrificed for an RBI and also scored a run.
Dalton Beckler worked all six innings on the mound and sent ten Blue Raider batters back to the bench with K’s. He walked four, gave up three hits and two runs with one earned.
The wins boosted the Clippers slightly to a 4-6 record overall and 2-6 in the WaMaC. The boys are back in town Thursday, June 14, against the Sailors of Waterloo Columbus.