Clinton spotted the Minneota Mudhens a seven-run lead in the first two innings.
Then then took it away with seven of their own in the seventh.
But the Mudhens came back for two in the eighth and held on for a 9-8 win over the Clinton Cards on Sunday.
After battling the weather conditions and graduations in both communities all weekend, the two teams settled for a 5 p.m. start on on Sunday.
After spending most of the day drying out the field, Minneota came on with a run in the first on two "gift errors" by the Cards.
Then they burst forth with six in the second for a 7-0 lead.
The big blow was a long two-run double by Danny Hennen.
Both teams settled down and at one point Hennen retired 10 batters in a run, then 16 of 17 before Clinton got their bats rolling in the seventh.
Keane Turner's triple knocked in a pair of runs while Chris Karsky and Nate Bauer also doubled in that inning.
Henry Pesch came to the mound in relief of Hennen. He struggled a little — but got out of the seventh. He fanned the side in the eighth, then despite a pair of hits and a walk, struck out the final two Cards to end the game. He picked up the win.
This was Pesch's first appearance since he pitched junior college baseball this spring.
Minneota is now 3-2 on the year and 2-0 in the Land O'Ducks League. Clinton is 1-2.
Minneota plays at Marshall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
Minnneota Mudhens 9, Clinton Cards 8
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse, 2b 3-1-0-0; Jordan Beck, 1b 5-2-1-0; Tyson Sonnenburg, cf 5-0-1-1; Adam Durfee, ss 4-1-0-0; Danny Hennen, p-1b 3-1-1-1; Jesse Drager, c 4-0-0-0; Austin Buysse, 3b 3-0-0-0; Henry Pesch, lf-p 3-1-1-0; Ryan Koopman, cr 0-1-0-0; Brock Buysse, rf 3-1-2-0. Totals 33-9-6-3.
CLINTON (AB-R-H-RBI) Zak Alderman, ss-p 5-0-1-0; Ryan Stotesbery, 2b 5-0-2-1; Mike Alderman, 3b 2-1-1-1; Tanner Teske, 3b 1-1-0-0; Chris Karsky, 1b 4-1-1-1; Marcus Moberg, lf 4-1-1-0; Keane Turner, p-ss 4-1-2-2; Sam Alderman, cf 3-1-0-0; Nate Bauer, rf 4-0-1-1; Jordan Bauer, c 3-2-1-1. Totals 34-8-10-7.
Score by Innings
Clinton 000 000 701 — 8 10 6
Minneota 160 000 02X —9 6 1
E-Minneota: Hennen; Clinton: Mike Alderman 3; Zak Alderman Jordan Bauer 2. LOB-Minneota 8; Clinton 5. SB-Minneota; Beau Buysse 2; Sonnenburg, Brock Buysse 2; Koopman. SAC: Clinton: Mike Alderman. DP-Minneota 6-3-6 (5); Clinton 9-3 (5). 2B-Minneota: Hennen, Sonnenburg; Clinton: Karsky, Nate Bauer. 3B-Turner.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
Danny Hennen 6 4 4 5 0 4
Pesch (W) 3 4 2 5 1 5
Turner 3 7 0 3 5 2
Z. Alderman (L) 5 2 1 3 1 4
HP-M. Alderman, Karsky (by Hennen); S, Alderman (by Pesch); Beau Buysse (by Turner). WP-Turner 3; PB-Drager.