The Hawks (4-7) slugged their way to triumph on Tuesday, April 25, defeating Mark Twain by a score of 11-6.
The Hawks trailed 2-1 after five innings, then exploded for five runs in the final two innings.
Mark Twain would not go quietly, as the team posted four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at six and force extra innings.
Clopton scored five runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.
“Our hitters had a big at the plate [by] plating 11 runs with nine RBIs and a grand slam by Stephen Talbert,” Head Coach Craig Smith said.
Talbert went two for four with four runs batted in and three runs scored to lead Clopton.
AJ Yentch went three for four with two runs batted in and one run scored.
Blake Kendall went two for four with a run scored and a run batted in.
With the bats booming, pitching was able to provide adequate support.
“Mark Frank had one of the better pitching performances so far this year,” Smith said.
Frank allowed six runs on six hits and no walks over 6.1 innings with 10 strikeouts on 89 pitches.
Even with a pitcher generating wiffs, the defense was able to stay on its toes.
“Our defense made the plays we needed to make and turned two double plays in the process,” Smith said.
The victory puts Clopton on a current three game win streak.
The Hawks’ next scheduled game come at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, against Bowling Green on the road.