Joseph Lillard – Sports Editor
Spring break is a time for students to relax and refresh themselves midway through the semester.
Baseball certainly took advantage of the rejuvenating nature of break by beating Kutztown, 10-7, and Fairmont State University, 5-4.
On March 11, Clarion took the field against Kutztown.
In a back and forth battle, Kutztown put the first run of the game on the board in the first inning.
Clarion responded by adding a run of its own in the first.
The score leveled off after John Finke singled to bring in Tyler Falk.
Clarion added two more runs in the third inning, when Falk hit an RBI double and drove in Joey Lopez and Mitch Holmberg to make the score 3-1.
Kutztown tied the game again by scoring one run in both the fourth and fifth inning.
Clarion’s Holmberg scored in its half of the fifth inning, courtesy of a wild pitch.
Kutztown scored two runs in the sixth inning to retake the lead with a score of 5-4.
Also in the sixth inning, Clarion’s John Finke scored on a wild pitch, making it 5-5.
Clarion relentlessly broke the game open in the seventh inning.
With the bases loaded, Clarion took advantage of a passed ball that brought Dillon Wolbert in for a run.
Shortly after, Austin Mike drew a walk with the bases still full, and Holmberg added Clarion’s seventh run of the game.
A single by Garrett Goslaw brought in Matt Kamenicky, and Falk scored later on to close out the scoring run in the inning and set the score at 9-5.
Kutztown showed some resilience in the eighth inning. After giving up five unanswered runs, they managed two more to make it 9-7.
Clarion halted the momentum by adding one more run in the same inning.
This time, Kamenicky scored off of Ty Bittner’s single.
With that, the Golden Eagles put the finishing touches on the 10-7 victory.
On March 3, Clarion battled with Fairmont State.
Clarion got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning.
Kamenicky scored off of Goslaw’s single, and Goslaw strolled home when Wolbert forced a walk with the bases loaded.
Fairmont State scored three runs in the top of the fourth, but that lead was short lived.
Clarion’s Holmberg scored to tie the game after Kamenicky’s sacrifice fly at three runs apiece.
Both offenses were dormant until the top half of the seventh inning.
Fairmont used an RBI double to take a one run lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Clarion came through with clutch hits.
Lopez led the inning off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball.
After Clarion drew a walk, Lopez advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Falk drove Lopez in with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
After moving up on a wild pitch, Brady Andrews scored the final run of the game off a Finke single.
Clarion has two doubleheaders this weekend, both against Slippery Rock.
Due to field conditions and expected inclement weather, those doubleheaders have been relocated to Kelly Automotive Park in Butler, Pa.
The first game on Friday starts at 11 a.m.