The Clintonville Post 63 Diamond Cats won a regional American Legion baseball tournament hosted by Marion/Tigerton this past weekend, earning a trip to the Class A State Tournament in Nekoosa in the process.
Clintonville 10, W-F 0 (5 inn.)
The Diamond Cats got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the first inning and four in the second to take a commanding lead. They added two in the fourth and one in the fifth to win the game by the 10-run rule after five innings.
Clintonville’s offense pounded out nine hits and capitalized on four Weyauwega-Fremont errors. Jake Van Allen had three hits, including a double. He also drew a walk and scored three runs. Turner Doornink added three hits, including two doubles. He scored three runs and had four RBIs. Parker Mindel added two hits while scoring two runs and batting in one run. Jansen Van Daalwyk tallied two hits, including two doubles. He scored one run and earned three RBI.
Trevor Wetzel earned Weyauwega-Fremont’s only hit, as Van Daalwyk pitched a complete game while striking out six.
Logan Bosquez took the loss for Weyauwega-Fremont, allowing nine hits and three walks while striking out four.
Clintonville 4, M/T 3 (9 inn.)
In a prequel to the championship, Clintonville edged Marion/Tigerton 4-3 in extra innings.
Marion/Tigerton led 1-0 after one inning, but Clintonville tied the game with one run in the third and took the lead by scoring two more runs in the top of the fourth.
Marion/Tigerton tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and neither team scored again until Clintonville plated one run in the top of the ninth.
Nick Hogen pitched and earned the win, throwing four innings of three-hit ball with one strikeout. Justin Miller took the loss for Marion/Tigerton.
The Diamond Cats tallied eight hits and capitalized on three errors. Doornink had two hits and one intentional walk while scoring one run. Mindel added three hits, including a double. Hogen added one hit and scored one run. Damon Lorge earned one hit and one RBI. Jaden Doornink drew two walks, was hit by a pitch and scored one run. Zach Riemer had one hit and two walks, while also scoring one run.
Marion/Tigerton earned seven hits and benefitted from one Clintonville error. Miller had three hits, while Travis Marquardt added one hit, a walk and a sacrifice.
Clintonville 1, Bonduel 0
Clintonville plated one run in the bottom of the third inning and that was all the Diamond Cats would need to earn the win.
Turner Doornink threw a complete game no-hitter, allowing four walks and striking out seven.
Van Allen had one hit and one RBI to lead the Diamond Cat offense. Turner Doornink added one hit. Aaron Morse scored the only run of the game and Riemer added one hit and one walk.
M/T 5, Clintonville 4
The Diamond Cats needed to beat Marion/Tigerton in one of two games to earn a trip to state. Marion/Tigerton didn’t go quietly, as they won the first game to force a deciding second championship game.
The Diamond Cats appeared ready to cruise to a victory in game one, leading 4-1 after two innings.
Marion/Tigerton fought back to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Clintonville couldn’t plate the tying run and Marion/Tigerton earned the win.
Aaron Hoffman pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six. The defense behind him committed one error.
Miller led the Marion/Tigerton offense with two hits, including two doubles. He also scored one run. Hoffman added a double and scored a run, while Andrew Cunliffe added two hits, including a double, and scored one run.
Van Daalwyk took the loss for Clintonville, giving up nine hits while walking one and striking out three. The Diamond Cat defense committed three errors in the game.
Van Allen led the offense with one hit and one run scored. Mindel added one hit and one RBI. Turner Doornink tallied two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Van Daalwyk added two hits and scored one run for the Diamond Cats, while Hogen earned one hit and one walk.
Clintonville 7, M/T 4
In the rubber match, Clintonville fell behind 1-0 after one-half inning of play, but scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. The Diamond Cats added three runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.
Marion/Tigerton battled back to score one run in the top of the sixth, but Clintonville answered by scoring one run in the bottom of the frame to hold a 7-2 lead going into the final inning.
In the top of the seventh, Miller crushed a two-run home run for Marion/Tigerton, but the team couldn’t produce any more runs. Clintonville’s defense closed out the game to preserve the win.
Jaden Doornink pitched a complete game to earn the win, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out four. Hoffman took the loss for Marion/Tigerton, allowing nine hits and one walk and no strikeouts over six innings of work.
Morse led the Diamond Cat offense with two hits and one run scored. Van Daalwyk added two doubles and three RBI while also scoring two runs. Hogen added a double and two RBI while Turner Doornink hit a double, batted in one run, and scored one run. Van Allen drew one walk and scored a run, while Vinny Doberstein added one hit and scored one run. Clintonville’s offense took advantage of three Marion/Tigerton errors.
Miller led the Marion/Tigerton offense with a home run, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Tyler Marquardt had one hit, one walk and one run scored.
Marion/Tigerton had advanced to the championship by beating Oconto in their first game. They lost their second game to Clintonville, but came back to beat Weyauwega-Fremont and Bonduel to get to the title game.
Weyauwega-Fremont lost to Clintonville in their first game, but bounced back to beat Oconto in game two. They topped Manawa in their third game, but fell to Marion/Tigerton in their fourth game.
Manawa beat Menominee in their first game, but lost to Bonduel in their second game. They then lost to Weyauwega-Fremont, ending their tournament run.