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The Clinton Maroons boys baseball squad dropped a pair of Saturday contests from the annual Clinton High School tournament 7-5 to Tri-Valley in game 1 then 10-8 to North Mac in game 2.
 
The Maroons jumped out 4-0 in game 1 but the Vikings finished the game on a 7-1 run and beat Clinton.
Drew Rudinski picked up the win for the Vikings, relieving starter Joel Reiners who last just 1 inning, allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
 
Rudinski pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts to four walks. 
 
Isaac Vance closed out the final inning and a third for Tri-Valley for the save allowing a hit and two walks with a strikeout.
 
Maroon starter Travis Osgood lasted three innings, allowing six runs, three were earned, on seven hits with two walks and two strikeotus.
 
Wesley Conn finished the final four innings allowing a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
 
Hunter Merritt went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Matthew Manint finished 2-for-3.
 
Levi Nettles finished the first game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for Clinton.
 
Tri-Valley beat Harvest Christian Academy for the tournament championship.
 
In game two of Saturday action, pitchers Keaton Thayer and Levi Nettles were the victims of suspect defense, as the two combined to allow ten runs but only three were earned as North Mac rallied to beat Clinton 10-8.
 
Leading 7-4 after four innings, North Mac got a run back in the fifth, then rallied for five in the seventh inning.
 
Thayer started for the Maroons, allowing five runs, three earned on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
 
Nettles lasted just an 1 2/3 to take the loss but allowed five unearned runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
 
Mac Hickman went 2-for-4 in game two and Cameron Wertz finished 2-for-3.
 
After the two tournament games, the Maroons are now 4-5 on the season. 

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