CLINTON — The junior legion league team from Clinton, the Revolution, played a home opener double header on Saturday, June 3. They faced a tough Urbana Tiger team in the searing heat.
The home team players wore their dark blue Revolution tees because their jerseys have not arrived yet. Urbana was in a cooler white. Although on this warm day, everyone was hot, including the spectators in the shade.
The day began with an opening flag ceremony by the Clinton Area Honor Guard, which included veterans from the three veterans organizations in Clinton; American Legion; AMVETS; and VFW, followed by the National Anthem with both teams lining the baselines in front of their respective dugouts.
The first game started as a pitchers duel for the first couple of innings. Then, the Revolution tallied two runs in the third. The fourth inning saw the Tigers tie the game at 2, but the Revolution rallied in the bottom of the inning with a run to regain the lead.
In the fifth, the Tigers again scored two runs to take a one-run lead. The home team was able to score in the sixth to knot the game at four runs apiece until the seventh.
Even with a fresh relief pitcher in the game, Urbana was able to rally in the top of the inning with two more runs. The Revolution could not answer in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Urbana Tigers the 6-4 win.
The second game of the double-header began much the same as the first with the hometown Revolution taking an early one run lead and holding the Tigers scoreless for the first three innings. The fourth inning was disaster as the Tigers roared to life for 3 runs, the Revolution mustering only one tally in the inning to go down 3-2.
The fifth inning saw both teams add a score, still leaving the Revolution down by one. But this would end the home team scoring as the Tigers pitching took hold, shutting down the Revolution bats. The Urbana team added a run in each of the following innings to end the game with another win, this one 6-3.
It was a strong outing for the Revolution, inspite of the losses, as they hung tough throughout the games.