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4,- Pa00e 24 Communit00r Clippers deemed co-champs at Hwy 55 Tourney By Pat Garry, Staff writer The Watkins Clippers won their first three games in the June 13-16 Hwy. 55 Tournament, by a total of three runs, defeating Litchfield, 4-3; St. Augusta, 3-2; and Owa- tonna, 1-0. The championship game was called in the top of the fourth inning, because of rain, and the Clippers were awarded the co-championship, along with the Cold Spring Springers. Game number one v the Litch- field Blues on Thursday, June 13, started off a little rocky for the Clippers, who gave up a 3-0 lead through thefirst five innings. The Clips answered back, taking the lead in the sixth, with four runs, on back-to-back singles by Kevin Kramer and Adam Hiltner. Fol- lowing an RBI single by Dan Berg, an RBI single by Miah Kramer, and later in the inning, a Ryan Tri RBI double, the Clippers would hold on for the win. Matt Geislinger slammed the door shut, relieving Bruce Geislinger,-who picked up the win, in a great pitching perfor- mance, giving up just one eained run. Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 2 for 3, run scored; Adam Hiltner, 1 for 3, run scored; Dan Berg, 1 for 3, run scored, RBI; Miah Kramer, 1 for The Clippers' Grant Moore runs for home in the Highway 55 Tourna- ment championship game against the Cold Spring Springers. Called for rain, the two teams will share the championship. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. 3, RBI; Ryan Tri, 1 for 3, double, Ryan Tri, driving in Matt" Geis- RBI; Pitching: Bruce Geislinger, linger and Grant Warren. In the 6 innings, 3 runs, 1 earned, walked sixth, St. Augusta scored 1 more 1, 6 K's, win; Matt Geislinger, to tie the game at 2, but in walk- 1 inning, 0 runs, 2 K's, save. off fashion, Bryan Benson plated The Saturday, June 15 game v Tyler Long, with a single, break- St. Augusta, was a little d6j/i vu, ing the Gussies' hearts and secur- all over again. The Clippers found ing the victory. TJ Frericks kept the themselves down 1-0 after the first Clippers in the game with another inning. But Watkins got a pair of great pitching performance, going their own on a 2-RBI double by 6-plus innings and surrender- 24952 County Road 7 June 21, 11 a.m..Z:3op.m. Brats, hotdogs, dessert & refreshments Enjoy live music from Jacob John (Froelke) ST. AUGUSTA OFFICE 251-6100 www.harvestbankmn. m Thursday, June 20, 2013 Tri-County News www.tricgunnqwmn .... (-- ............ . .......... ]]3] ..... 7-z . ing just two runs. Matt Geislinger reached on a boot, Berg ultimately entered in the seventh and calmeff-score.d on a double-play ball. That things down, after St. Augusta had was all Matt Geislinger would threatened with a lead-off double. Hitting: Matt Geislinger, 1 for 2, run scored; Tyler Long, 2 for 3, run scored; Ryan Tri, 1 for 3, 2 RBI; Bryan Benson, 1 for 3, RBI; Pitching: TJ Frericks, 6 innings, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 5 K's; Matt Geislinger, 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 K, win. The Sunday, June 16, 1:15 affair v Owatgnna was a pitcher's duel putting up zeros all over the board. But .the Clippers' one-run tally in the fourth inning was the difference. Dan Berg started with a single, and after Miah Kramer need, as he shut down Owatonna,. on just 3hits and 7 K's. Hitting: Kevin Kramer 1-3; Dan Berg 1-1 2 walks and run scored; Matt Geislinger 2-2; Bryan Ben- son 1-2. Pitching: Matt Geislinger 7 innings 3 hits no runs walk 2 K 7 win. The Clippers now stand at 8-5 overall. Their next action is Saturday, June 22, 12 noon in Wat- kins, against the Bird Island Bull- frogs, in the Gaylord/Arlington Tournament. Express make good showing in Hwy. 55 tourney Mitch Klein tries to score from third on a wild pitch but unfortunately Sartelrs pitcher was to cover home and get the out. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. By Pat Garry, Staff writer The Kimball Express played in the June 13-16 Hwy. 55 Tourna- ment at Kimball, and fought their way to the semifinals, where they were ousted by the Cold Spring Springers, 7-4. The Springers' Zach Femrite went 2 for 3 with a dou- ble and an RBI, to lead the Cold Spring Springers past Kimball in the semifinals. Femrite also got the win in two innings of relief. Cold Spring got a 3 for 4 hitting performance from Ryan Holthaus, and his teammate Drew Van Loy belted a solo home run. The Springers improve to 13-1 over- all. Brooks Marquardt led Kimball (13-3) going 3 for 4 and Scott Mar- quardt was 2 for 4 at the plate. Starting out the tourney on the right foot, the Express handled the Sartell Poneys in a Friday eve- ning game, 5-4. Mathias Hennen threw 6-2/3 innings in a seven- inning game to help the Express outlast the Poneys. Jordan Joseph came on to get the final out and earn the save, and Rob Gabrielson took the loss. Joseph went 2 for 3 for the Express. Gabrielson made a valiant effort to help the Poneys' cause, going 3 for 4, with a dou- ble and a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Game number two for Kimball saw the Express shutting out Hib- bing, 3-0, on Saturday, June 15, in a 5:45 start. Matt Dingmann threw a seven-hit shutout and Kyle Winter was 2 for 3, with a double, to lead Kimball to the winner's bracket victory. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Our ]uly 4 issue will be prinied as usual (early Wednesday morning). Postal delivery to most will be one day late that week because of the holiday.