New London third in Clippers Invite
By Scott Bellile
Bonduel came out on top at the New London Clippers Legion baseball team’s annual Clippers Invite last weekend.
Bonduel finished undefeated in beating 2015 tournament champion Clintonville 2-1 in the last game Sunday, July 10. Through that game, Bonduel also earned the conference championship. Teams powered through rain throughout the weekend and played all their games. The final standings were:
• Bonduel 4-0
• Clintonville 3-1
• New London 2-2
• Weyauwega 1-3
• Manawa 0-4
Mike Frederick accepted the the George Huntley Award, which is given at the tournament annually to someone who has impacted the Clippers. Frederick coached the Clippers for a year and served as business manager the following few years while his son Max, a 2010 New London High School graduate, played for the team. Frederick continues to lead beautification efforts at the Clippers’ home field through the Hatten Stadium Foundation.
The following are the results the New London Press Star and Clintonville Tribune-Gazette received from New London Clippers and Clintonville Diamond Cats games during the four-day tournament. (Note: Stats were not submitted for New London’s 3-1 loss to Bonduel Friday, July 8.)
New London 9, Weyauwega 6
In inning two, New London answered Weyauwega’s 4-1 lead with five runs to pave the way for a victory in the closing game of the Clippers Invite on Sunday, July 10.
New London scored three runs in the fifth inning to hold off a small Weyauwega rally at the end of the game. In the seventh, Weyauwega tagged on two runs, not enough for a comeback.
Winning pitcher Alex Stichman pitched six innings with seven strikeouts, allowing four hits.
Stat leaders: Tylan Brown 2×4, 2 RBIs, 2B. Will Wohlt 2×4. Logan Locy 3×3, 2 runs, 2B (2). Trevor Wetzel (Weyauwega) 2×3, 1 run.
Bonduel 2, Clintonville 1
Bonduel secured both the tournament and division championships in an afternoon win over Clintonville Sunday, July 10.
Clintonville led the game off in the first when pitcher Jaden Doornink was hit by a pitch, advanced on a walk, moved to third on a sacrifice and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Bonduel answered in the second inning when Brandon Olsen reached on a walk and eventually scored on Clintonville defensive errors.
Clintonville threatened in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, but failed to come up with a timely hit.
Clintonville shut down Bonduel’s offense until the eighth when the top of Bonduel’s order came to the plate. Clintonville turned a double play to get out of the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, Olsen had a one-out single, stole second base and scored on a two-out single to pull Bonduel ahead 2-1.
Clintonville in the bottom of the ninth had two strikeouts, followed by a single up the middle by catcher Kyle Finger. Keenan Doornink drew his third walk of the game to put the tying run in scoring position, but with two outs on the board, a fly ball to center by Aaron Morse ended the threat and the game 2-1.
“There are a few plays that I wish I could take back,” Clintonville Head Coach Mark Doornink said.” I sent Colton Kluth home on a foul ball fly out down the right field line. The ball did not carry as deep as I had hoped, and the right fielder threw an absolute strike to the plate to get us out. We did not get many runners to third base and it was a chance I had to take.”
He said his son Jaden Doornink “pitched a gem of a game” in a pitcher’s duel against Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb. Jaden Doornink allowed seven hits and stuck out five batters, walking only two in nine innings of work.
Mark Doornink also commended Finger, “an absolute wall behind the plate” who “gunned down several runners on failed steal attempts.”
“It was a hard fought game between two fiercely competitive teams,” Mark Doornink said. “That was a tough [loss] for us. It meant the conference title would go to Bonduel and we’d finish in second place for the second year in a row. There were some good life lessons to be learned during the course of that game. We will be a stronger and more hungry team because of it.”
Stat leaders: Kyle Finger 2×3. Jordan Koeppen 1×4, 2B.
Clintonville 10, New London 4
“This game was much closer than the score would indicate,” Mark Doornink said. “The Clippers are [a] very solid team with great pitching and some very string hitters.”
Clintonville took advantage of defensive errors to win Saturday, July 9. Clippers Head Coach Jim Thorpe called the game an “error fest” for New London.
New London took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third with two outs when it rallied for two runs. Clintonville kept working at the plate.
“The fourth inning started with Hunter Vollmer getting hit by [a] pitch. Paul Kenfield drew a walk and an infield single by Kyle Finger scored a run,” Mark Doornink said. “A beautiful sacrifice bunt by Keenan Doornink moved the runners and scored a second run. We took advantage of a few Clipper errors and tallied five runs that inning, including an RBI single by Jordan Koeppen.”
New London added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to close in 5-4.
In the top of the seventh, Clintonville scored five runs with two outs. Key hits by Kluth and Morse plated two of the runs. Keenan Doornink stole third base and then scored on an error. Two more Clipper errors yielded two more runs.
Clintonville stat leaders: Koeppen 2×3, 2 RBIs. Hunter Vollmer 1×3, 2 runs. Colton Kluth 3×4, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Aaron Morse 1×3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.
NL stat leaders: Kyle Wolf 3×4, 1 RBI, 1 run, 2B (2). Brown 2×4, 2B. Locy 2×3, 1 run, 2B.
Clintonville 15, Manawa 3
In Clintonville’s second game of the invite as well as a league game Friday, July 8, pitcher Nathan Krueger allowed two hits and struck out nine batters during four-and two-third innings.
From the plate, Krueger was two for three and scored two runs.
“The game was put out of reach when Logan Liesenfelder crushed a bases loaded double to the gap to score three runs,” Mark Doornink said. “Tryston Cormier pitched an inning in relief and Keenen Doornink closed it out to get the save.”
Stat leaders: Logan Liesenfelder 1×4, 3 RBIs, 3 runs, 2B. James Von Deck 2×4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, 2B. Nathan Krueger 2×3, 2 runs. Koeppen 2×5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. Keenan Doornink 1×3, 2 RBIs, 1 run. Joshua Schroeder 2 RBIs, 1 run.
New London 16, Manawa 4
In the words of Thorpe, “New London jumped on Manawa for an eight-run third inning and never looked back” at the teams’ first game of the Clipper Invite on Thursday, July 7.
The Clippers’ Stichman and Austin Hanson combined for a strong pitching performance, scattering four hits and striking out 10 batters in five innings. Winning pitcher Stichman had six strikeouts and allowed three runs.
Stat leaders: Hunter Ferminach 2×3, 1 RBI, 1 run. Austin Hanson 2×4, 2 runs. Sam Christian 2×2, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Remington Steele 2×2, 4 RBIs, 2 runs. Cam Moser (Manawa) 2×3, 2 RBIs.
Clintonville 5, Weyauwega 0
The score was 0-0 until the third inning Thursday, July 7, when Clintonville broke through with two runs and added two more in the fourth inning.
“Hunter Vollmer was dominant on the mound,” Mark Doornink said. “He allowed no runs, struck out five while scattering five hits. Hunter kept the ball down in the zone. Our defense got a lot of ground balls and lazy fly balls hit to them as a result.”
Stat leaders: Morse 2×3, 2 RBIs, 1 run. Finger 2×4, 2 runs. Kluth 2×4. Vollmer 2×4. Zac Riemer 1×4, 1 RBI, 1 run, 2B.
New London 8, Waupaca 7
NEW LONDON – With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Hunter Ferminach slammed a three-RBI single to win over Waupaca on July 6.
Waupaca got out to a 4-1 lead after three innings. New London answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to surpass Waupaca 5-4.
Three Waupaca runs in the top of the sixth fueled by timely hitting and a few walks gave the visitors a 7-5 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Waupaca gave New London its first two outs. With the bottom of the order coming up, Austin Warren singled, Ethan Wood walked and Logan Locy had an RBI single to load the bases. Ferminach then hit the first pitch to right field for his winning play.
New London’s Tylan Brown was winning pitcher.
Stat leaders: Wolf 2×5, 1 run. Wohlt 2×4, 1 RBI. Austin Warren 2×3, 1 run, 1 stolen base. Ferminach 4×4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs.
Antigo 9, Clintonville 2
CLINTONVILLE – After defeating Antigo 12-2 in June, Mark Doornink gave the bench some playing time in a July 6 non-conference rematch.
“Jaden pitched very well and hit his spots,” Mark Doornink said. “Our bats went a little silent and theirs came alive with some very timely hits.”
Stat leaders: Damon Lorge 1×2, 1 RBI, 1 run. Keenan Doornink 1×2, 1 RBI. Vollmer 1 run.
Legion baseball coaches Mark Doornink and Jim Thorpe contributed to this article.