Clinton’s Mason Whip (1) goes head first into home, as CVA catcher, Evan Dunning (3), shows the umpire the ball after the tag. Whip was safe on the play.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
From the moment the defending Section III, Class “B” baseball champion Clinton Warriors stepped off the bus in Mohawk this afternoon, head coach, Tom Pfisterer, reminded his team to be “all business” against the Central Valley Thunder.
It was a great day at the office for the Warriors, who surely listen to their Skipper, as Clinton banged out 12 runs, on 15 hits and went on to a resounding 12-3 CSC-1 conference win over CVA.
With the win, Clinton improves to (4-0) in the CSC-1, good enough for sole possession of first place.
Central Valley looked good early in this one, as ace senior left hander, Jared Marquissee, set the first three Clinton hitters down on strikes in the top of the first inning.
The Thunder fed off of Marquissee’s early dominance with a run in the bottom of the first, when Marquissee banged out an RBI double, scoring Evan Dunning, to give CVA the lead after one inning.
Clinton starter, Jon Hardy, found his rhythm in the top of the second, getting CVA’s hitters out 1-2-3, on just eleven pitches.
The Warriors busted things open in the top of the third, banging out 5 runs on 4 hits, to take a 6-1 lead.
The big blow was a long double down the right field line by Lenny Ortiz, which scored Alex Dobrzenski and Andrew Taft, sending the Warriors to the home half of the third with a five run lead.
After another quick, 1-2-3 half inning in the bottom of the 3rd, thanks to a nasty breaking pitch and a precise fastball from Jon Hardy, Clinton was poised to strike again in the top of the fourth, and strike they did.
Ian Foxton started things off with a single, which was followed up by a long triple to left by Andrew Taft, which made it 7-1.
Ortiz came through again with a single to right, scoring Taft, to make it 8-1.
Justin Jandke then singled, scoring Ortiz, who reached second on a past ball, to make it 9-1, which is the way we’d go to the bottom of four.
The Warriors got a little shaky in the field in the home half of the fourth, committing two fielding errors and a throwing snafu, which resulted in two CVA runs, which brought the Thunder to within 9-3.
Whip scored on an error in the infield and Dobrzenski came in to score under a throw to home, from first base, on the play, giving Clinton an 11-3 advantage.
Jon Hardy kept his pattern of 1-2-3 innings rolling in the bottom of the 5th, 6th and 7th and the Clinton Warriors picked up a run in the top of the seventh to cap a 12-3 victory.
Hardy, a talented junior right hander, picked up the complete game win, working 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits, striking out 9, while not walking one batter on the day.
CVA’s Jared Marquissee absorbed the loss, working 4 innings, allowing 9 runs, on 10 hits, striking out 10 and walking 3.
Marquissee had two hits to pace the Thunder at the plate.
Clinton, which banged out 15 hits on the day, got multi-hit games from Lenny Ortiz, Andrew Hobika, Ian Foxton and Alex Dobrzenski.
Central Valley drops to (0-2) in the CSC-1, (0-4) overall.
Clinton, (4-0, 5-2) will look to increase their big lead in the division on Wednesday, when they travel to Holland Patent for another division game.
Clinton 12 Central Valley 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Clinton 0 1 5 2 0 1 0 12 15 3
Central Valley 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 4 3