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Clinton hands Jays first loss

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March 27, 2008

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Clinton broke open a scoreless game in the sixth, handing the Marshfield Blue Jays their first defeat of the 2008 baseball season, claiming the championship game of the Buffalo-Bolivar Tournament on Wednesday night at Buffalo 5-0.

“I thought Garrett Cardwell pitched a great game,” Marshfield coach James McAnarney said of his starter. “But Clinton made two game changing plays.”

Clinton, now 4-0 on the season, got a 3-run home run from Coale in the sixth, after 2 were out. In fact, Garrett Cardwell retired the first 2 batters of that sixth inning before walking Harris and giving up a single to Bradley.

“Coale’s a left handed hitter,” McAnarney said. “And the pitch he hit was almost in the dirt.”

Marshfield had some scoring opportunities in the game against Clinton pitcher Helm. Helm gave up a walk to lead off hitter Cameron Keenan, then retired 11 in a row. Marshfield left fielder Nathan Van Diggelen singled and catcher Chris Arnold hit a shot to the center field wall which was hauled in on a fine defensive play by Coale. Then Garrett Cardwell singled. Tim Ryan hit next, with 2 runners on, and hit a shot up the middle which was snagged by Clinton second baseman Harris, who stepped on second for an inning ending double play.

In the seventh, Jordan Jones led off with a single for Marshfield. Nathan Van Diggelen got hit second hit of the contest with one out, but Helm pitched out of the jam for the complete game shut out win.

Shaun Crawford had the only other Marshfield hit.

Clinton right fielder Summers and third baseman McCoy each had 2 hits in the game.

Marshfield will be back in action on Friday at Ava, with the game starting at 4:30 p.m.

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