12 innings lead to Sunday win
By Scott Bellile
With the luck of the Irish on their side, the New London Clippers Legion baseball team kicked off its four-game week with a victory over Kaukauna.
Eight members of the Shamrock Club of New Dublin cheered for the Clippers from the stands of Hatten Stadium at a special night to acknowledge the club’s contributions to local athletics on July 14.
Members assembled next to the field for recognition. Outgoing President Pat Sullivan threw the opening pitch of the game.
The Shamrock Club has raised over $100,000 for New London in its 30-plus years in operation. Its local causes include high school scholarships, the Hatten Stadium Foundation’s expansion efforts, score boards at Pfeifer Park, local athletics and more.
“If you don’t do things for the youth or help support the youth, you’re not going to have a greater tomorrow,” Sullivan said.
New London 6, Kaukauna 2
New London emerged with a three-run lead at the bottom of the first inning with a lead-off walk by Hunter Ferminach, single by Tommy Thurber, double by Austin Hanson and single from Ethan Wood.
Another run in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth closed brought the game to 6-2 New London.
Hanson went three for four with two RBIs and a double. Thurber went three for four with two runs and a double. Ferminach had three runs, two stolen bases and a hit.
Waupaca 7, New London 3
In Waupaca on July 15, the home team had five runs before New London scored at the top of the fourth inning. Waupaca ended the inning with two more runs of its own.
Two runs scored by New London at the top of the seventh weren’t enough to save the game.
“The Clippers came into this game a little flat from the start, after a stretch of nine games in 10 days, and didn’t really get anything going on offense,” coach Jim Thorpe said. “They also had some costly errors behind pitcher Tyler Jagiello, and didn’t give him the support they needed to get a win in Waupaca.”
The Clippers’ “flat” play continued carried over to the next night when the team lost 22-4 against Menasha at home on July 16. No other information was provided.
New London 6, Hortonville 5
The Clippers’ Lane Hanadel and Hortonville Legion’s Ty Dreier carried a pitchers’ duel deep into the night that ended in a 12-inning redemption for New London on Sunday, July 19.
With the game tied 3-3 at Hatten Stadium after seven innings, Hortonville took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th. At the bottom of the inning Ryan Kurth and Thurber reached base on a walk and an error by the shortstop.
A wild pitch advanced both into scoring position and Tylan Brown stepped up to the plate. With two outs for the Clippers, Brown delivered a clutch game-tying single to drive both home.
With the game still tied 5-5 at the bottom of the 12th, the Clippers succeeded once again with two outs on the board. With the bases loaded, Wood delivered the game-winning single.
Wood went two for six. Brown went two for five with three RBIs. Ferminach, Kurth and Thurber each contributed a hit.
Onward to regionals
New London was scheduled to begin regional play against Hortonville on Wednesday, July 22, after this publication went to press. Check the July 30 edition for Clippers regional coverage.