BELOIT, OH- For the third time this week Columbiana found themselves in an early hole as the defense continued to struggle in the first inning. West Branch took advantage of several miscues to score five unearned runs in the opening frame and won it going away, 12-2. David Cunningham moved to 5-0 on the campaign as he stymied the Clippers over five innings, giving up no runs on just two hits. He struck out six.
Chase Franken was the tough-luck loser. The Warriors were able to put up a crooked number after the errors when Brock Hillyer delivered a big two-out, two-run base hit. Zach Pleska worked three innings of relief for the Clippers giving up 3 runs. The big blow being a double to deep left field by Cole Bates. Mason Walker sent everyone home in the sixth with a bases-clearing double off Wayne Davis.
The Clippers will look to right the ship on Monday as they get back into league play down on the river against the Wellsville Tigers.
*Written by YSN’s Voice of the Clippers, Mark Franken