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DeWitt Central takes one from CCA in eight innings

DEWITT– “Small things turn into a big deal.”
So said CCA coach Brent Henry to his crew of Clippers during game one of a varsity doubleheader Thursday, June 13, against the Sabers of DeWitt Central High School at DeWitt. A dropped ball here, a late throw there, all small things that added up to a 4-3 loss.
Unofficially Jacob Klingeman and A.J. Liddell had three hits each with a double for Liddell. Jake Neubauer and Robby Swails had two hits each while Stephen Jensen, Tanner Bandy and Colton Beckler had one hit each. Bandy’s was an RBI double with RBI singles for Jensen and Beckler.
Beckler worked the mound for seven of the eight innings it took to settle the opener, striking out five. Neubauer took the mound for the final inning.
The Clippers got on the board in the first inning and enjoyed the 1-0 lead until the Sabers tied in the bottom of the second. Both teams scored in the third for a 2-2 tie. Henry’s crew had an opportunity in the top of the fourth inning to score big with bases loaded. However two outs and a strikeout by Jensen left the game at 2-2. A Clipper run in the fifth helped, but again the Sabers tied, this time in the bottom of the seventh. The top of the eighth didn’t go very well for the Clippers with three up and three down. The Sabers found themselves in the catbird seat with two on base and no outs in the bottom of the inning. An intentional walk loaded up the bases for the home team, but it only took one coming home to closeout the game.