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Clippers clobber Pistons with big first inning

June 21, 2006

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The Clippers took a quick 10-0 lead against the Pistons after one inning of their DCABA baseball game Monday night and never looked back in eventually winning 30-8.

Pistons head coach Tom Emerson was surprised by the loss, which dropped his squad to 9-3.

"They (the Clippers) had a lot of hits that were really good," Emerson said. "But we did the best that we could, and I'm proud of them."

The Pistons started the game in the top of the first with three runs of their own, but the Clippers quickly took back the lead with their 10-run first.

"More than anything, I think they caught us our heels with their hitting," Emerson said. "Our team tried hard and never quit, and kept their heads up - and that's all I care about."

The Pistons opened the second with a home run by Price Morgan, and later another home run by Brad Kincaid.

But the Clippers scored four more runs, despite two catches in a row by Pistons pitcher Price Morgan.

The Clippers continued their onslaught in the third, plating six more runs to take a 20-7 advantage.

Mikey Corbet contributed one run with a solo homer, a zinger to right field.

Clippers head coach Steve Toalson said he was impressed by the way his team hit the ball. Five Clippers combined for a 21-for-21 performance at the plate.

8U DCABA Piston Brad Kincaid steps up to take a swing in the second inning of the Pistons match-up with the Clippers.  Kincaid hit a homerun off of his swing on June 12 at 4-H Fenway Field.

8U DCABA Piston Brad Kincaid steps up to take a swing in the second inning of the Pistons match-up with the Clippers. Kincaid hit a homerun off of his swing on June 12 at 4-H Fenway Field.

"This was the best we've played this year," Toalson said.

While the Pistons got their last run in the top of the fourth, the Clippers weren't quite done.

Seven more runs opened up the Clippers lead to 27-8.

Both teams experienced injuries. In the top of the second, it seemed Clippers first baseman Trey Pechal had injured his wrist in going for a ball, but continued to play. A similar injury occured with Clipper third baseman Penton Habiger but he also shook it off.

Piston Kincaid injured his left arm when Clipper Grant Stoppel rifled the ball back to the pitcher's mound in the last inning, hitting Kincaid's forearm. Kincaid was taken out for a few batters, but returned to the mound to finish the game.

After the game, Toalson commented on the Pistons' performance and said they had good defensive plays that made them stay in the game.

"They made key plays at key times," he said.

Emerson said the Clippers seemed to have more kids with experience, but noted one Clippers who has not played before who contributed to the win.

Toalson singled out William Mallory, a 6-year-old kindergartner, playing on an 8-and-under team. He went 4-for-4.

"When you watch a kid like that who listens to his coach and then performs the way he has, it makes him really great," Emerson said. "He has been really special."

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