Clinton traveled down US 421 to tangle with the Spartans at Union in a Four County Conference baseball game on Monday night. The Dark Horses opened a rain soaked first inning quickly, putting four runs on the visitor side of the scoreboard. The Spartans answered with two runs in the bottom of the first frame to close the gap to 4-2. Union tied the score in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two run opposite field home-run. The game would remain knotted at 4-4 through the fifth inning.
Clinton loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth inning and the table was set for the big inning that the Dark Horses had been waiting for. Wyman Faison came home on a wild pitch with Grant Naylor following him home on a second wild pitch. Jonathan Wright drove in two runs when his long fly ball eluded the glove of the Spartan right fielder allowing the final Dark Horse runs to cross the plate.
After allowing a lead off single in the bottom of the sixth Alex Purcell settled in to retire the final six batters of the game in order. Purcell pitched his second complete game in as many starts, picking up the win for the Dark Horses. Clinton’s coach Tracy Thornton expressed his pride in his teams play, saying, “I’m really proud of how the guys played tonight. They came out and scored 4 runs early in the rain and Alex gave us seven innings of good pitching, getting stronger as the game went on.”
Union’s head coach Josh Rackley stated that his team had two really bad innings. “Clinton is a good team, but we are a good team too. We had 8 errors and only 2 guys were really hitting the ball well for us tonight. We have to take it upon ourselves to get better,” said Rackley.
The win over Union lifts the Dark Horses to 10-4 on the year. Clinton ventures out of conference on Wednesday night when they travel to Harrells Christian Academy for a game against the Crusaders.