COLUMBIANA, OH- After a gift-wrapped run in the first inning, the Columbiana Clippers (2-1) scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Southern Local Indians 9-1 here at Firestone Park Tuesday afternoon.
Chase Franken went the distance on the hill, which was a six-inning affair due to darkness. He struck out 15 and walked two while scattering five hits. Southern’s leadoff batter, Smalley, reached on a passed ball and scored on a dropped popup in the first for the lone Indians run.
The Clippers also took advantage of shaky defense in the first scoring two runs on three ground balls in the infield. After getting two quick outs in the second, starter Timmy West looked to settle in, but a two-strike single by Seth Ross and a Ryan Fahs walk set the plate for a two-run triple by Franken giving the Clips a 4-1 lead after two. Fahs then broke it open with a three-run double in the fifth. Ross, Fahs, and Zach Pleska had multiple hit games for the Clippers. Utt had two hits for the Indians.
**Written by YSN’s Voice of the Clippers-Mark Franken**