The Clippers Legion baseball team hosted the New London tournament again this year, and won the event for the first time ever.
New London 7, Bonduel 3
The Clippers battled hard and won their first game of the tournament. New London was down two runs after the top of the first inning and couldn’t get a run across the plate until the fourth inning. At the end of the fourth inning, the Clippers trailed 2-1.
In the fifth inning, Austin Huntley led off with a single. Brandon Sullivan reached on an error by the short stop, and Dylan Lathrop was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Hunter Muthig then stepped to the plate and put down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to tie the game at 2. Ethan Thiel then put down another successful squeeze bunt that plated one. A wild throw allowed New London to score another run.
After snuffing out a 1-run rally in the sixth, the Clippers put up some more runs. Matt Ott would later finish off his third game of the year, earning the win. Thiel led the offense, going 2.3 with 2 RBI.
New London 8, Shiocton 1
Shiocton jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one half inning, but New London scored three in the bottom of the first inning, capitalizing on a few errors. In the home half of the third inning, New London added four runs, batting through the lineup.
After a 45 minute lightning delay, the Clippers emptied the bench and finished off Shiocton. Austin Huntley picked up the win on the mound, going all seven innings while striking out eight and only allowing four hits and one earned run. Ben Mocadlo was 2×4 with an RBI and Ethan Thiel stole three bases.
New London 7, Green Lake 0
The Clippers beat Green Lake in a storm-shortened game. Luke Listle took the mound and only allowed one hit while striking out five in four innings before the game was called. The Clippers got out to an early lead and emptied the bench, gaining great production from the reserve players.
New London 6, Clintonville 3
In a must-win game against a very good Clintonville team, the Clippers fell behind 2-0 after one half inning. New London answered in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on four walks and two hits while batting through their lineup.
A fourth Clipper run was scored in the second inning on a Hunter Paul single. Clintonville manufactured a run in the third inning, and pitcher Austin Paisar struck out the Clippers in the bottom of the third to keep the game at 4-3 in favor of New London.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Clippers scored two earned runs and never looked back.
Paisar struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings of relief, but was outdueled by Peyton Hofherr and Matt Ott.
The Clippers won all four games they played in the tournament, capturing the title for the first time ever.
The Clippers now face the toughest stretch of their schedule, playing at Kimberly, then hosting Hortonville, then playing at Menasha on Sunday, July 22, and at Kaukauna on Monday, July 23. The Clippers will end the grueling stretch with a home game against Neenah on Tuesday, July 24.