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Creek Boys and Raiders split

CCA holds off Williamsburg’s late charge for 11-8 win, but falls 5-4 in an extra-innings nightcap
Ben Swails gets confirmation from the home plate umpire that yes, he is safe, after sliding in during the first game of a varsity doubleheader against Williamsburg Friday, July 5, at home. The Creek Boys held off the Raiders for an 11-8 win, but fell 5-4 in nine innings in the nightcap. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity baseball team split in a doubleheader against their rivals to the west, the Williamsburg Raiders, Friday, July 5, at home. The Clippers watched a 10-2 lead vaporize, but held on for an 11-8 win in the opener, but fell 5-4 in the nightcap to move to 14-17 on the season.
The Raiders from the ‘Burg plated one runner in the top of the first inning in game one, but the Creek Boys answered with three in the bottom of the inning. T.J. Bollers drove an RBI single to score Sam Young, and Ben Swails smashed a single to bring in Camden Smyka and Bollers. Tyler Schrepfer and Brock Reade singled in the second, and Stirlen Roberson bunted to load up the bases in the second inning. A sacrifice fly ball from Young, and an RBI single from Parker Smith made it 5-1 for the Creek Boys.
Williamsburg scored one run in the third with the Clippers answering in-kind as Reade drove in Casey Ogden to make it 6-2. The Raiders changed pitchers in the bottom of the fourth with Young and Smith on base. Bollers headed to first on a loose ball to load the bases. Young came home as Swails walked, and Casey Ogden knocked an RBI single to score Smith making it 8-2. Tyler Schrepfer drove in two more runs, and the Clippers went up 10-2. A scoreless fifth inning gave way to a momentum shift as the Raiders plated three runners in the top of the sixth and three more in the seventh. CCA scored Smyka in the bottom of the sixth as the Creek Boys held off the Raiders with the 11-8 win.
Bollers, Swails and Schrepfer had two hits each with a double for Swails. Reade took the win after six innings on the mound. He gave up seven hits and five runs (four earned) including one home run, walked three, and struck out six.
Williamsburg opened the nightcap with one run in the top of the first, but the Creek Boys responded with two in the bottom of the inning after walking in two runs with the bases loaded. The Raiders tied with a run in the first and took the lead with two in the fourth. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth that the Clippers were able to score, and plated two to tie the game 4-4. Scoreless seventh and eighth innings followed with the Raiders getting the 5-4 win with a run in the ninth.
Young, Smyka and Swails ripped out two hits each in the contest with doubles for Smith and Smyka. Blake Malli was charged with the loss after five innings on the mound. He gave up no hits and one unearned run, walked two and struck out three.

Game One
Clear Creek Amana 11, Williamsburg 8
Hits — TJ Bollers 2, Ben Swails 2, Tyler Schrepfer 2, Sterlin Roberson 2, Sam Young 1, Parker Smith 1, Camden Smyka 1, Casey Ogden 1, Brock Reade 1.
Double — Swails.
Pitching — Reade (W), Schrepfer.
Reade – 6 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 home run.
Schrepfer – 1 inning, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk, 1 strike out.
Game Two
Williamsburg 5, Clear Creek Amana 4 (9 innings)
Hits — Young 2, Smyka 2, Swails 2, Parker Smith 1, Bollers 1.
Double — Smith, Smyka.
Pitching — Young, Blake Malli (L).
Malli – 5 innings, 0 hits, 1 run (unearned), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.
Young – 4 innings, 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.