Clinton edges Warren Central in division matchup

Published 12:41 am Saturday, March 24, 2012

Warren Central’s roll was slowed by an old nemesis.

Clinton got all of its hits and all of its runs during a third-inning rally, and beat Warren Central 3-2 on Friday night. It was just the second loss in eight games for the Vikings (10-5, 2-1 Division 3-6A).

Clinton avenged a loss to Warren Central from the night before and has won five of its last six games against the Vikings.

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Hunter Austin had an RBI double for WC and Brandon Gates an RBI single, but the Vikings were unable to take advantage of a host of opportunities. Clinton committed five errors in the game, yet WC only managed the two runs against Jake Weathersby.

Clinton (6-8, 3-1), meanwhile, made the most of its biggest scoring chance.

Cale Luke led off the bottom of the third with a double, then scored on a single by Gabe Waddell to tie the game at 1. Waddell moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out and scored on a base hit by Weathersby to put the Arrows in front.

Weathersby later scored on an error to give Clinton a 3-1 lead. WC got a run back in the fifth inning on Gates’ hit, but couldn’t tie it.

The third-inning trouble made a hard-luck loser out of WC pitcher Devon Bell. The senior allowed four hits and two earned runs, and struck out three in six innings.