Clearview Clippers sail away with win over Oberlin Phoenix

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview’s Chad Anderson, left, scores the 10th run of the first inning as Oberlin’s catcher Tyler Buga watches the ball come in from the outfield.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Oberlin’s rightfielder Sam Annable has the ball bounce by him in the first inning of Clearview’s 10-run first inning. The Clippers won, 16-3.

Clearview's Austin Arendt, left, congratulates Antonio Melendez after they both scored in the first inning.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview made it a long bus ride home for the Oberlin Phoenix. The Clippers jumped on top of Oberlin early and often, going on to win a five-inning mercy rule game with a 16-3 rout in Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division play.

Oberlin starting pitcher Nick Gonzalez was in trouble from the beginning. Gonzalez loaded the bases after walking a batter, giving up a single and hitting a batter. Clearview’s Antonio Bennett was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run, putting the Clippers up 1-0.

Up next was Austin Arendt, who then hit a two-run single to put Clearview up 3-0. Later in the inning, Jared Miller hit a two-run triple and Ryan Vargo added a two-run single to put the Clippers up 9-0. Cleaview added another run take a 10-0 lead after the first inning.

Clearview brought 14 batters to the plate and had six hits. The Clippers also drew three walks and were hit by pitches twice. Gonzalez lasted only 1/3 of an inning and allowed 10 runs.

Clearview added five more runs in the bottom of the second inning, including a two-run triple by Chad Anderson, which put the Clippers up 15-0. Anderson, who went 3-for-3 on the day and drove in three RBIs, said the success he had at the plate was a confidence booster.

“The hitting was just contagious today, everyone was just hitting the ball and it carried on to me,” Anderson said. “I’ve been in a slump and I’m just now starting to get out of it. It was big because tournaments are right around the corner.”

Oberlin was able to get on the board in the top of third inning after Dante Laricca led off with a double. Marvin Jackson hit a single and drove in Laricca, putting the Clippers up 15-1. The Clippers added another run in the bottom of the third, giving them a 16-1 lead.

Oberlin added two runs in the top of the fourth. The Phoenix started the inning with straight hits, which included a Marcus Bailey RBI single. Sam Annable reached first base on a passed ball after striking out. Tommy Brewster, who was on third, scored on the play after the passed ball was thrown to first base, giving the Phoenix their third run of the game.

The Clippers (12-11) obtained 16 runs on just 10 base hits. They were also patient at the plate, drawing six walks and were also hit by pitches five times. Clearview coach Dennis Pihlblad liked the offensive outing from his ball club.

“It was important for us to come out early and hit the ball,” Pihlblad said. “All the kids swung the bat well. We had a few kids struggling, they hit the ball and had a few hits today. It builds a lot of confidence.”

Oberlin drops to 10-13 on the season, and for coach Lynn Gray, he was disappointed in his team’s performance.

“They didn’t come out to play, they weren’t prepared to play,” Gray said. “I wasn’t pleased at all.”

Both teams play today. Clearview looks to continue its winning ways as it will host Fairview. Oberlin will travel to Brookside.

Clearview 16, Oberlin 3

Patriot Athletic Conference

Stripes Division

Oberlin (10-13) 001 20 — 3 8 0

Clearview (12-1) (10)51 0x — 16 11 0

TWO HITS OR MORE — Oberlin: Marcus Bailey; Clearview: Chad Anderson, Jared Miller, Freddy Ritenauer; 2B — O: Dante Laricca, Bailey; C: Miller; 3B — C: Anderson, Miller; WP — Mark Krasienko; LP — Nate Gonzalez.


Last Updated: 5/9/2013 11:21:08 PM EST

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