Clippers look to extend winning streak at zones

Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2023 08:23

The Dauphin Clippers baseball team finally hit the win column in dramatic fashion, last week.

The Clippers and visiting Hamiota Huskies needed extra innings to decide a winner, last Wednesday.

After Hamiota took a 6-5 lead in their half of the eighth inning, the Clippers started the bottom of the inning with a runner on second.

A wild pitch moved the runner to third base and a walk put runners on the corners for Declan Wagner, who proceeded to hit a home run an estimated 370 feet to straight away center field, giving Dauphin a walkoff 8-6 victory, its first win of the season.

The Clippers made it two straight wins, with a 15-8 triumph over the Ste. Rose Celtics, Friday in Ste. Rose.

Clippers coach Don Sheldon said it was a nice way to end the season, even though they gave up more runs than they would have liked against Ste. Rose.

“It was a good way to approach zones here, with a couple of wins under our belts and hopefully, we can keep that momentum going,” he said.

The Clippers showed they are capable of playing good defence, Sheldon said of the game against Hamiota.

“We held a real good baseball team in Hamiota to six runs, which is pretty good considering they were averaging 15 runs a game prior to that,” he said.

The third-ranked Clippers will host the zone playoffs, Wednesday.

They will face the second-ranked Goose Lake Raiders at 10 a.m., while the top-ranked Swan Valley Tigers host either Ste. Rose or Ebb and Flow at 1 p.m.

The winners will meet in the final at 4 p.m., with the winner of that game advancing to provincials.

“They have a good ball club, but I think we improved a lot over the season and they’re going to see a different baseball team than they saw in the first game of the season,” Sheldon said of the Raiders, adding he likes the Clippers chances at zones. “I think we’re going to compete and I expect there won’t be any easy games at zones. My hope is that we will earn a provincial berth,” he said.

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