By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
The Watkins Clippers faced the Morris Eagles in State tournament action Sunday morning, Aug. 25. The Eagles were #1 seed in their division, but they lost to the #3 seed Clippers, 3-1. The Clippers remain the only Central Valley League team in the State tournament after two weekends of play.
The Clippers have been known this season for scoring early, and scoring a lot. In Sunday’s game, however, Morris was the first to score, on a single RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning.
No doubt, fans at the game were tense waiting for the Clippers to score. They finally did: 3 runs in the top of the eighth inning. And Morris couldn’t come back.
At the top of the eighth, Heath Kramer hit a ground-ball single. Kevin Kramer lined out to center. Lincoln Haugen hit a fly out to left field. With two outs, Dan Berg singled on a line drive to left field, advancing Heath. Brendan Ashton hit a double on a line drive to center scoring both Heath Kramer and Dan Berg. Next at bat, Matt Geislinger’s single RBI scored Ashton, Carter Block singled, Carson Geislinger walked, then Dustin Kramer lined out to center.
The final inning for Morris was bing-bam-boom: 3 strikeouts in a row. And the game ended, 3-1.
Overall, the Clippers had 7 hits, spread out among 7 players, to Morris’s 3 hits on the game. The Clippers had no errors to Morris’s 2.
Matt Geislinger again earned the win, pitching all 9 innings. He struck out 11 and walked only 1. Jacob Torgerson was tagged with the loss for Morris, also pitching a full game. He struck out 6 and walked 2.
The Clippers next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in Maple Lake; they face Red Wing (#1 seed in their division). The winner of this game advances to play at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, in Delano.
The semifinal game is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, in Maple Lake. And the championship game will be played at noon Monday, Sept. 2, in Delano.