Clippers Battle Through Adversity to Defeat Western Reserve

Box Score

Columbiana (10-0) headed to Berlin Center to take on the Western Reserve Blue Devils (9-1) for a 1:00 first pitch.  Due to some confusion, the game was delayed an hour and twenty minutes as no umpires had been scheduled to work the game.  Umpires were called and arrived around 2:00.  In a battle of unbeatens, in a playoff atmosphere, the Clippers were able to prevail over the Blue Devils 6-3.

When the game finally started the partly cloudy skies gave way to rain clouds and rain began pouring in the top of the first inning with heavy downpours in the bottom of the first.  Western Reserve struck first scoring three runs and loading the bases before an out was recorded in the driving rain.  Starting pitcher Chase Franken (4-0) was able to settle down and limited the damage in the inning to just the three runs.  Blue Devil starter Wyatt Larimer was able to keep the Clipper hitters at bay throughout his four inning outing not allowing a hit, walking just one and striking out seven on the day.  Franken was able to battle through four innings holding Western Reserve scoreless the rest of his outing. Franken’s final line was 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3BB, and 2 K’s.

The Clippers offense finally got going in the top of the fifth inning.  Tim Davin, Vince Vivo and Conner Stacey all drew walks to load the bases with one out.  After a Franken fielders choice, Mitch Davidson would knock in the first run of the game with an infield single.  Keenan Green then ripped a single to left scoring Stacey and Franken to tie the game with two outs.  The dagger came next when Jake Clark hit a deep fly ball to the centerfield that went for a double and scored Davidson and Green.  Zach Fahs followed with an RBI single and that would end the scoring for Columbiana on the day.  In the inning the Clippers tallied six runs on five hits.

Fahs entered the game on the mound in the fifth and earned his first save of the year.  Fahs kept the Blue Devils hitters in check allowing zero runs and two hits in his three innings of work.

Columbiana will be back in action on Tuesday when the Clippers face off against ITCL White Division rival Lisbon at Firestone Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.