Muskegon Clippers blow late lead, fall in extra innings to St. Clair in series finale

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The Muskegon Clippers were five outs away from closing their long home stand on a good note.

But the Clippers allowed five runs in the eighth inning and blew a four-run lead.

Muskegon forced extra innings, tying the game in the ninth inning before allowing three 10th inning runs to fall to the St. Clair Green Giants by a 10-7 margin on Sunday at Marsh Field.

The Clippers are now 15-15 on the season and currently are tied with the Michigan Monarchs for second place in the GLSCBL’s Northern Division.

Muskegon will start a long nine-game road trip which will open against the Galion Graders on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

The Clippers led 1-0 after the first inning, 2-0 at the end of three frames and 3-0 through four innings.

The Green Giants cut the deficit to 3-1 after scoring a run in the fifth inning before Muskegon responded with two runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 advantage.

Both teams exchanged a run in the seventh inning to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Clippers late in the contest.

St. Clair then exploded for five runs in the eighth inning to take its first lead of the night at 7-6 before the Clippers tied the game at 7-7 in the ninth inning to force extra innings.

The Green Giants tacked on three runs in the 10th frame to take a 10-7 lead and Muskegon failed to complete a comeback.

Tre Morris, Noah Hecht and Ty Olejnik paced the Clippers offense with two hits apiece while Hecht and Cooper Peterson each knocked in two runs.

Daniel McMichael suffered the loss for Muskegon, allowing the three runs in extra innings.

Muskegon’s starting pitcher Jarrod Melle tossed a no-decision, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven batters in 7 1\3 innings.

 

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