Clippers move into sweet 16 at state tournament
By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
The Watkins Clippers faced the Princeton Panthers Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28, in Waconia. After a first-round bye, this was the first appearance of the Clippers in the 2021 tournament. The Clippers scored in the first inning, then again in the seventh, and 3 runs in the eighth, all the while keeping the Panthers scoreless. The Clippers won, 5-0, moving into the sweet 16 of the state tournament that will conclude next weekend.
Just before the game started, the Clippers 2001 state championship team was honored on this their 20th anniversary. 2001 pitcher Bruce Geislinger threw out the first pitch; he had been 2001 tournament MVP.
Matt Geislinger earned the win for the Clippers, pitching all nine innings. He struck out 9 and walked 1 in the shut-out game.
In the first inning, Dan Berg’s sac fly scored the first run for the Clippers. Nolan Geislinger hit a single in the seventh inning, then stole second, and scored on a double by Kevin Kramer who also hit a single on the game. The Clippers scored three more runs in the eighth inning on a double by Carson Geislinger who also hit a pair of singles. Justin Tompson also hit a pair of singles, and Lincoln Haugen and Brendan Ashton each hit a single.
Damon Rademacher is tagged with the loss for the Panthers. He pitched 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking 1, and he allowed 2 of the 5 Clippers runs. Sam Archer pitched the final inning for the Panthers; he allowed 3 more -Clippers runs in that one inning.
The only hit for the Panthers was a single in the first inning by Tanner Kinney.
The Watkins Clippers will next play the St. Martin Martins, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, in Chaska. Interestingly, the Martins won their Aug. 28 game against the Fergus Falls Hurricanes, 1-0, scoring a single run in the sixth inning but without a -single hit in the whole game.
Nolan and Matt Geislinger were selected Players of the Game.
The winner of this game will play either the St. Patrick Irish or the Young America Cardinals in the quarterfinal game at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, in Chaska. The semifinal game is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, in Chaska. And the state championship game will be at noon Monday, Sept. 6, in Waconia.
Other teams in the sweet 16 are Sobieski Skis, Dumont Saints, Bluffton Braves, Sartell Muskies, Waconia Lakers, Luxemburg Brewers, Maple Lake Lakers, Alexandria Black Sox, Watertown Red Devils, Eagle Lake Expos, New Ulm Brewers, and Milroy Yankees.
PRINCETON AB R H BI
TOTALS 30 0 5 0
WATKINS AB R H BI
Nolan Geislinger 4 2 1 0
Lincoln Haugen 4 0 1 0
Kevin Kramer 4 0 2 1
Dan Berg 3 0 0 1
Brendan Ashton 4 0 1 0
Carter Block 3 1 0 0
Justin Tompson 3 1 2 0
Carson Geislinger 4 1 1 2
Matt Geislinger 3 0 0 0
Heath Kramer 1 0 0 0
TOTALS 33 5 8 4
R H E
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
Clippers 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 x 5 8 0