The Columbiana Clippers (0-1) dropped a tough 5-4 decision tonight to Jackson Milton (1-0). Jake Clark (0-1) took the loss giving up 5 runs (3 earned) in 3 innings while striking out 4. Mitch Davidson pitched the final 3 innings not giving up a run and also striking out 4.
Eric Ostrovski picked up the win for the Blue Jays as he went six inning giving up 4 runs (1 earned) for his first victory of the young season. Ostrovski also helped his own cause at the plate collecting 2 hits on the evening.
The Clippers were led by Davidson at the plate who had 2 hits and an RBI. Also knocking in a run for Columbiana was Keenan Green. Connor Stacey, Vince Vivo and Seth Ross each collected their first varsity hits for the Clippers.
Columbiana took an early 2-0 lead in the first but the Blue Jays quickly struck back plating runs in each of the first three innings to build a 5-2 lead. In the top of the sixth Jake Clark lined a single to left to get things started. Levi Birch pinch ran for Clark and eventually scored on a ground ball by Seth Ross. Later in the inning, Stacey lined a single to right moving Ross to third and Davidson drove him in a few pitches later with an RBI single. With the tying and go-ahead runs on base Keenen Green roped a ground ball to the second baseman who fielded it and was able to get the final out of the inning still up by 1 run.
Columbiana is back in action Thursday as the Clippers take on the defending DIV runner up Western Reserve Blue Devils at Firestone Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm.