Clippers tie, earn win over Forreston, lose to Lena-Winslow
AMBOY — Amboy and Forreston played to a 7-7 tie in varsity baseball action on April 19 at Forreston when the game was suspended. The contest was finished two days later in Amboy, and the Cardinals scored a run in the eighth to claim an 8-7 win.
Forreston took a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Clippers scored five runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead. But the home team battled back with five tallies in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the score. The game was halted at that point. Forreston had two singles and two walks to plate the winning run in the eighth.
Jackson Rogers started on the hill for the Clippers, throwing five innings and giving up just one run. He struck out 10 Cardinal batters.
Quinn Leffelman led Amboy hitters with a bases clearing triple in the third. He also added a single. Rogers picked up a pair of singles and an RBI.
The Clippers bounced back and posted a 10-8 triumph over Forreston on April 21 at Parker Field.
Amboy had a strong middle portion of the game, plating two runs in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth. The Clippers led 10-5 entering the seventh when Forreston’s rally came up short.
Amboy banged out 11 hits, with Brody Christoffersen, Jordan Gulley and Tucker Lindenmeyer getting two hits apiece. One of Gulley’s safeties was a double.
Andruw Jones got the call on the mound for the Clippers and pitched 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs, five hits, walked one and struck out eight. Christoffersen closed out the game, giving up four hits and three runs. He fanned six.
A tight game with Lena-Winslow went to the Panthers, 5-3, on April 23 at Amboy.
Amboy grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third, but Lena-Winslow responded with three runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. Amboy added single runs in the fifth and sixth frames.
Jones had a pair of hits for the Clippers, while Haden Wittenauer took the pitching loss, working the first four innings. Leffelman tossed the final three frames for Amboy (4-6, 2-2).