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Clare baseball trounces Houghton Lake

Clare’s baseball team took out its’ frustrations over a tough early non-league schedule on Jack Pine Conference foe Houghton Lake Tuesday night, sweeping the host Bobcats 22-1 (three innings) and 17-2 (three innings).

Colton Punches picked up the win in game one, giving up one run on two hits and four strikeouts.

Shane Adkins had a home run, a triple a double and six RBI, James Baer had three hits, including a double, Brock Swan had two hits and Cameron Smith had a three run home run.

Adkins picked up the win in game two, giving up two runs on three hits, five strikeouts and one walk.

Smith and Brent Luplow both had three hits and both had doubles, Adkins, Baer and Charlie Bugbee both had two hits.

On Thursday, April 26 Clare dropped its JPC opener to Beaverton, 6-5.

Tyler Warner started the game on the mound, giving up four runs on five hits, four strikeouts and three walks. Garret Jenkins took the loss in relief, as the Pioneers made five errors in the game.

Baer had a double and finished with three hits, Adkins and Punches both had two hits apiece.

Clare led the second game 10-6 in the bottom of the fourth, when play was halted due to darkness.

On Wednesday, 25 Clare swept host Swan Valley in a non-league doubleheader, 1-0 and 15-0.

Jenkins pitched the final two innings to earn the 1-0 win in game one, giving up one hit and striking out two.

Adkins hit home Tyler Warner in the top of the seventh for the games’ only run.

The Pioneers had an easy time of it in the second game, winning 15-0 in four innings, behind a pitching performance b y Adkins, who tossed two innings, gave up one hit, struck out one and walked two.

Aaron Haynak had a double, single and an RBI, Baer had a double and a single, Warner had two hits and three RBI and Jeff Staten had a double and an RBI.

Clare (7-8 overall, 2-1 JPC) has its Marathon Game on Saturday and hosts Farwell on Tuesday.