The Columbiana Clippers (1-0) opened their season with a 2-1 victory over Jackson-Milton (1-1) Wednesday afternoon. The Clippers were led on the mound by Chase Franken who threw a complete game to earn his first varsity victory. The freshman allowed one run (0 ER) while striking out 13, walking zero and allowing only four hits.
The Blue Jays Eric Ostrowski and the Clippers Franken continued to put up zeros until the 5th inning when the Clippers were finally able to push two across the plate. AJ Perkins led off with a single and stole second base. He moved to third on Conner Stacey’s flyout. After Franken reached on a fielders choice, Mitch Davidson plated the first run with a sacrifice fly scoring Perkins. Keenan Green later knocked in the game winning run with a two out single scoring Franken.
Jackson-Milton got on the board in the 7th when Noah Laster hit a double and moved to third on an error. He would score two batters later on a ground out.
Columbiana plays again tomorrow when the Clippers host Western Reserve. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.