Clinton started poorly in one game and ended that way in the other, and the result was a doubleheader split with Newberry in Junior American Legion baseball at Clinton High on Monday evening.
The Red Devils came from 5 runs down to defeat the Bulldogs, 9-6, in the former game and squandered a 2-run advantage to fall, 7-6, in the latter. The games were scheduled for 5 innings apiece, but the nightcap required an extra inning to settle as Newberry (3-4) put the winning run across on Liam Davenport’s 2-out single.
Clinton committed 3 errors in the 1st inning and spotted the Bulldogs a quick 5-0 lead, but the Red Devils scored 3 times in the bottom and dominated the rest of the way. Wil Stewart picked up the win in relief of starter Tanner Kyko, and Tanner Finley picked up a save. Neither of Clinton’s 3 pitchers gave up an earned run.
Shortstop Bryce Young went 2-4, with a double, and scored twice for the Red Devils. Brett Young, Harrison Moore, Zach Lollis, Freddy Lopez, Stewart and Jason Dickson all singled. Brett Young and Moore also scored 2 runs.
Six had a base hit apiece for the Bulldogs. Kenyon Wise, who allowed 9 hits and all 9 runs (3 earned) took the loss after pitching the 1st 3-2/3 innings.
Newberry outhit Clinton (3-3) by an 11-5 margin in the nightcap. Davenport had 3 of them, and Kyon Daniels, whose double was the Bulldogs’ only extra-base hit, and Noah Mills each had a pair.
Brett Young, who played catcher in the 1st game and left field in the 2nd, went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Moore, who was 1-2, scored twice.
Zach Lollis, who pitched the final 4 innings, took the loss. He gave up 6 hits, but only 1 of the 5 runs he surrendered was earned, and he fanned 5 Newberry batters.
Bryce Satterwhite was the winning pitcher. He walked 5 in 3-1/3 innings on the bump, but gave up only 2 runs off 2 hits.
Clinton (2-2) committed 8 errors in the 2 games.