The Clarinda A’s added two more wins to their season total and completed a season sweep of St. Joe with a doubleheader sweep of the Mustangs Thursday, July 22, in St. Joe.
The A’s won the opener 7-1 and then took the nightcap 3-2 to finish 8-0 against the Mustangs this season.
The opener was the resumption of a suspended game that saw the A’s leading 5-0 in the second inning and saw the A’s add single runs in the sixth and seventh frames of the seven inning contest.
Steve Spurgeon Jr. earned the complete game win for the A’s, giving up four hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out three.
Taylan Mullins-Ohm and Ryan David led the A’s with two hits each while the two combined for five RBIs. Mullins-Ohm, Travis Welker and Mason Maners all scored two runs each.
The A’s managed just four hits in the nightcap and had to barely hang on for a 3-2 win.
Welker singled in Maners in the sixth inning to extend the Clarinda lead to 3-1. That was a big insurance run as St. Joe put up a run in the home seventh, which was the final inning. Jonathan Carlos came out of the bullpen and hit the first batter. He then gave up a walk, an RBI single and another walk to load the bases with nobody out in a one-run game. A line drive to Welker at shortstop resulted in a huge double play and then a fly ball to center got the A’s out of the huge jam and allowed them to hang on for the win.
Reid Fagerstrom earned the win on the mound. He struck out four over six innings and gave up five hits, four walks and one earned run.
Clarinda’s other two runs came in the fourth inning. Jeff Clarke and Isaac Lopez both doubled to start the inning. Lopez then stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly from Maners.
Lopez and Maners finished with a hit, a run scored and an RBI each.
Maners’ two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Clarinda A’s to a 5-3 win over Des Moines Wednesday, July 21.
The score was tied at three going into the home eighth and the A’s hadn’t scored since the second inning when Patrick McGinn knocked a ball that just clipped the tip of the Des Moines shortstop’s glove as he jumped to try to make the catch. McGinn ended up at second base with a double. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. The second strikeout of the inning brought Maners to the plate and he slapped the ball into shallow right field, scoring two.
“It’s kind of the way these guys have played all year,” Clarinda A’s manager Ryan Eberly said on Maners’ big hit. “I’m surprised we didn’t answer back because we have been doing that all year when teams score on us, but it didn’t happen (Wednesday).”
The Clarinda offense looked good early.
The A’s opened the game with singles from Maners and Welker. Trevor Andrews lifted a fly ball to center field to score Maners and then Mullins-Ohm singled in Welker for a 2-0 lead.
The A’s added another run in the second inning when Isaac Lopez drew a walk with one out. He advanced to third on Isaiah Marquez’s single and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Maners.
“We started well offensively,” Eberly said. “We had good at-bats, but we’re not doing some of the little things that we were earlier this season. We’re not taking pitches when we have guys on that can run.”
The A’s had at least one runner on base every inning but one between the third and seventh, but couldn’t score.
Des Moines, meanwhile, answered back with two runs in the third inning off of A’s starting pitcher Cameron Hood. A walk and a wild pitch on a strikeout gave Des Moines runners at the corners to start the inning. A double and a sacrifice fly plated both runners bringing Des Moines within 3-2.
A pair of walks led to a run for the Peak Prospects in the sixth, tying the game.
“(Hood) struggled a bit,” Eberly said. “His first two innings were good, but then he started walking people and free bases equals runs.”
Ryan Wentz came on in relief to get the final out of the sixth and then finished the game. He gave up just one hit while striking out three in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
“(Wentz) threw well,” Eberly said. “He has found all of his pitches. He’s gaining confidence and it’s good to see. He has a good live arm and should help us down the stretch.”
Hood struck out two in 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and four walks to go with the three runs.
Maners finished with three hits and three RBIs to lead the bats. Mullins-Ohm added two hits and an RBI while Welker ended with two hits and a run scored.
The A’s nearly let a five-run lead get away in a 7-6 home win over St. Joe Tuesday, July 20.
After the Mustangs scored the game’s first run in the second inning, Clarinda scored twice in the home second to take the lead and added four in the fourth for a 6-1 advantage.
St. Joe answered back with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Clarinda added what turned into a huge insurance run in the eighth as the Mustangs scored one in the ninth for the final margin.
Welker led the Clarinda bats with three of the team’s 14 hits. Ryan Gamboa, McGinn, Andrews and Lopez all added two hits while Ryan David contributed three RBIs.
Chris Paruleski earned the win. He struck out five Mustangs in 5 2/3 innings, giving up three hits, five walks and three runs, one earned.