Muskegon Clippers bounce back from recent loss to split series with Hamilton

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The Muskegon Clippers bounced back from their recent loss to take a series split against the Hamilton Joes on Friday night.

After being overpowered in their series opener against the Joes by an 8-1 margin, the Clippers bounced back with a 9-3 win over Hamilton at Marsh Field.

The Clippers are now 10-11 on the season and will return to the road for a two-game series against the Xenia Scouts, starting at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night.

On Thursday Clippers manager Walt Gawkowski was positive despite the series opening loss.

“We did some positive things and squared up a lot of balls tonight but they were hit right at them,” said Clippers manager Walt Gawkowski. “But they hit a few homers and we are not that kind of team that can change the game with one swing. I give that team some credit.”

The Clippers struggled defensively on Thursday, committing four errors but the team improved on Saturday with only two made as a club.

The Joes also hit three home runs as a team in the series opener but failed to knock the ball out of the park during the finale.

The Clippers lone run scored on Thursday was on a solo homer by Jimmy Allen.

Muskegon bounced back offensively on Friday by scoring two runs in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the sixth and four in the eighth frame.

The Clippers were led in the finale by Austin Eifrid and Cooper Peterson with three hits each while Tre Morris added two. Micah Allen knocked in a team-high two runs.

Ian Leatherman pitched the win for Muskegon, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven batters in five innings.

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