LumberKings Fall To Catfish 5-3
After two off days, the Clinton LumberKings took to the road to visit the Cape Catfish on Wednesday night. In game one of a two game series the LumberKings dropped their fourth straight game, 5-3 the final.
Early on both teams traded offensive blows. Cape opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Blake Barton (Belmont) made it a 1-0 game with an RBI single scoring Danny Sperling (Southeast Missouri State).
Clinton responded in the top half of the third. Rayth Petersen (University of Illinois Chicago) tallied an RBI with a groundout scoring Taeg Gollert (Missouri State University).
In the bottom of the third JD Ortiz (Southern Illinois) regained the lead for the Catfish. Ortiz drove in one with an RBI double making it 2-1.
The LumberKings responded by knotting things up in the fourth. Clinton evened things when Joe Simpson (Kirkwood CC) drove in one with a single making it 2-2.
The game remained tied until the seventh. Simpson again was involved, this time scoring on a throwing error and giving the LumberKings their first lead of the game.
Trailing for the first time, Cape had an answer in the bottom of the inning. Ty Stauss (Southeast Missouri State) drove in a runner tying things up with a single, and then later in the frame Cape took the lead when Danny Sperling was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded. Cape would tally one more and finish the seventh with a 5-3 lead.
Clinton brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but could not come back against the Catfish.
On the mound Blake Gaskey (Southeastern CC) got the start for the LumberKings. Gaskey was solid, going 5.2 innings and allowing just two runs to cross the plate.
Next up for Clinton it is game two of the series tomorrow night at Capaha Field at 6:35 p.m.