By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — After suffering a 9-1 loss in his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) debut, new coach Andrew Davis was accentuating the positive.
“I got to see some good things out there tonight, I saw some things I’m pleased with,” Davis said.
The Regals of Iowa City Regina proved troublesome from the start, loading up the bases in the top of the first inning. While one runner scored, two more were gunned down in a Clipper double play; the surviving runner was brought in on an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
The second inning was catastrophic for CCA as the Regals scored on an RBI double and an RBI single, and put a two-run homer on the board. Coach Davis moved Justin Keith to the mound, relieving Tyler Schulte with eight runs on the scoreboard and one out. Keith got two strikes to end Regina’s half of the inning.
The Clippers tried to make up some lost ground in the bottom of the second, but Keith’s high flyball was caught. Dalton Beckler walked and managed to steal second as Zach Volk struck-out. A.J. Liddell singled, driving in Beckler. Evan Hergert singled, but Clay Miller’s strike-out stranded Hergert and Liddell on base.
Nile Eckermann took to the mound in the top of the fifth, as Davis continued his plan of rotating all of his pitchers into the fray.
In the top of the sixth, Regina scored their ninth and final run on a long hit to center field.
Coach Davis found some measure of satisfaction with his defense.
“We only gave up one (run) for them after that second inning...I think only the second night we had everybody here (due to players also out for track and soccer); we’re not one unit yet.”
The varsity reserves pulled off an 8-4 win to open the night. The Clippers scored six runs in the second inning including a three-run homer.