Succumbing to Glenville-Emmons 12-5, the Cleveland majors/minors perfect 3-0 start to the summer baseball season ended Wednesday, but coach Nick Dylla was less concerned about the record than he was about beefing up the pitching staff.
Dylla wants the Clippers to be well-armed come playoff time.
“Tonight was a night of building players in different positions: building depth at catcher and building depth at pitching. Right now, we have a strong three-man rotation at the mound. We’re trying to get that to a five or six man. That was our game plan this evening, and sometimes you take a loss to make players better. That’s what our goal was tonight.”
Batting through the order, the Wolverines took charge right out of the gate with eight runs on four hits. The Clippers settled down after that, but the damage was done.
Leadoff batter Colin Krenik got hit by a pitch and Carter Dylla doubled in the first. With three walks after, the Clippers posted two runs.
The Clippers added three runs in the second. Connor Urban and Tom Kennedy walked, and both scored after a Krenik single. Krenik also scored.
But the Clippers struck out nine times going forward—too often looking—before the game timed out after six innings.
The Wolverines scored a run in the second, two runs in the third and one more in the sixth. Jackson Meyer, in his first start of the season, took the loss. Dylla came in in relief.
With Lucas Walechka on the hill, Monday was a different story as the Clippers pummeled Mankato Wow Zone 11-0. Walechka, who went all five innings, whiffed 10 and only allowed one hit and two walks.
“Lucas pitched a great game,” said coach Dylla.
Krenik led off the bottom of the first with a single, and with a double by Dylla and a single by Walechka, the Clippers went up 3-0. Walks and a Dylla single led to four more runs in the third. Kaleb Timlin, Gabe Sullivan, Nathan Schmoll and Krenik had hits in the fourth for four more Clipper runs.
“The were swining the bats, which is nice,” Dylla said.
On Wednesday, June 5th, the Clippers downed host Owatonna 11-3.
The Clippers only allowed two hits. Dylla pitched the first three innings and struck out five, walked one and gave up one hit. Tanyon Hoheisel threw for an inning and a third and struck out two, walked three and gave up one hit. Walechka pitched the final inning and two thirds and struck out five and walked two.
The Clippers had four hits and walked a dozen times. Dylla had two singles. Myer hit a double and a single.
The Clippers opened their season with a 4-2 win over visiting Waterville on June 3. Krenik earned the win.
Dylla and Walechka scored in the first. Dylla scored again in the third, and Ethan Fuller crossed the plate in the fifth.
Along with a dozen or so younger players, the Clipper roster has 10 who will be sophomores next fall, including some who didn’t play baseball in the spring.
“We try to get a head and bring in everybody else and try to get them some time,” Dylla said.
The Clippers’ only game next week is Monday in Mapleton.