By Dave Hart
HOLLAND – The Muskegon Clippers demonstrated that they can win close games, too.
They faced a tougher challenge on Tuesday on the road against the Holland Millers. But they passed the test with flying colors, overcoming an early deficit to beat the Millers 7-4 at Boeve Baseball Stadium at Hope College.
Muskegon is now 5-0 in Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The Clippers are in first place, a game and a half over second-place River City.
“I was really proud of our effort tonight,” said Clippers Manager Walt Gawkowski. “The team we played tonight is a really good team.”
Muskegon overcame a two-run deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good.
Two runs scored on wild pitches, another scored on an RBI single by Will Harris, and the fourth run came in on an RBI groundout by Connor Glick.
The Clippers added two insurance runs later on a single from Tyler Trovinger to give Muskegon a 7-3 advantage.
Holland closed out the scoring in the ninth inning on an RBI double by Jack Gainer.
The Clippers were led by Harris and Trovinger with two RBIs apiece while Glick added three singles and an RBI.
Muskegon starting pitcher Kyle Lawson picked up the win, allowing three runs on 10 hits while striking out three batters.
Jordan Drake pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three batters.