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Clearview Clippers' Roger Engle shuts out Columbia Raiders
It was hot, the wind was gusty and the dust swirled. There was even a duel — a pitching duel between Clearview Clippers’ Roger Engle and Columbia Raiders’ Michael Boey.
Engle outpitched Boey as the Clippers won, 3-0 in Patriot Athletic Conference action on Thursday.
“I felt great again, coming from Brookside into this game,” Engle said. “It gave me a lot of confidence to go out there and throw strikes,”
Engle threw his second-straight complete game shutout. He pitched seven innings, gave up no runs on four hits and struck out nine. Engle is now 2-0 on the season.
“He’s a bulldog,” Clearview coach Dennis Pihlblad said about Engle. “He’ll battle till the end, and he wants the ball. He pitched ahead in the count all day.”
The Raiders were never quite able to threaten the Clippers offensively.
“Our bats were generally decent at the beginning of the game,” Columbia coach Justin Ramsey said. “When it came down to the end of the game, it seemed like our guys were mentally exhausted, it’s been a long week.”
After a shutout performance by Boey through the first five innings, Clearview was able to disrupt his outing in the bottom of the sixth.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Clippers’ Antonio Pagan got hit by a pitch. Boey then intentionally walked Ryan Vargo to set up the opportunity four a double play. With runners on first and second, Antonio Bennett grounded into a fielders choice. Bennett was safe at first, Vargo was out at second and Pagan advanced to third.
With two outs, Austin Arendt hit a single to right field to drive in Pagan to give the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Bennett scored on a passed ball to give Clearview a 2-0 lead. Jack Bennett hit an RBI-double to drive in Mike Piemonte, who pinched ran for Arendt, to give the Clippers a 3-0 lead.
For Clearview, it was a good rebound after getting trounced yesterday by Lutheran West, 17-4.
“It’s all about coming ready to play today,” Pihlblad said. “I feel maybe that we weren’t ready at all yesterday, just going through the motions, getting behind, sort of gave up early. Today, I told them baseball is a strange game. You have to have a short memory, and that’s what they did and they came and executed when they had to.”
Boey pitched six innings for the Raiders, giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two batters. Boey dropped to 1-3 on the season.
Clearview will look to continue its winning ways as the Clippers host a double-header on tomorrow against Elyria Catholic. Columbia looks to rebound as it faces Trinity in a double-header tomorrow. Both games will start at 11 a.m.
Clearview 3, Columbia 0
Patriot Athletic Conference
Columbia (4-7) 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
Clearview (5-5, 4-1) 000 003 x — 3 4 1
TWO HITS OR MORE — Cl: Jack Bennett; Co: Michael Hershey; 2B — Bennett; WP — Roger Engle (2-0); LP — Michael Boey (1-3).
Last Updated: 4/18/2013 11:34:34 PM EST