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Tigers Record 3-2, 1-1

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Tigers Gag at Gaylord

--by Brett Kruschke & Matt Schultz

The Town Tigers brought a 3-1 record into last weekend but blew a golden chance to be 4-1, squandering a 7-3 lead in the final innings at Gaylord to get hung with a painful 9-7 loss. Sunday’s game at Arlington succumbed to overall cruddy weather, and it has been rescheduled for 7:30 pm tonight (Wednesday, May 22) at Arlington.

Friday begins a six-game homestand for Belle Plaine, with a seventh game possible on June 9 via the Tigertown Classic tournament. But first things first: Henderson will stop by Tiger Park at 7:30 pm Friday on the bargain shopper’s favorite, Dollar Beer Night. The boys will then take the rest of Memorial Weekend off before resuming action on Friday, May 31 at home against St. Peter.

See you at the ballpark!

BP 7 @ Gaylord 9 – Friday, May 17
Belle Plaine traveled to Gaylord on Friday hoping to beat the Islanders – and Mother Nature – as the weather looked ominous. Wes Sarsland started on the mound and worked five innings while yielding three runs, none of which were earned.

El Tigre scored one run in the first inning, while Gaylord answered with single tallies in the first and second frames. It began to rain lightly in the third inning, and when Belle Plaine took the lead by scoring four times in the fourth, the locals were hoping to go “five and dive” with a timely downpour.

Holding a 6-3 lead after five innings, the rain decided it would let the festivities play out – and Gaylord fans would sure prove happy that it did. One more run for the locals in the sixth made it 7-3, providing a seemingly comfortable advantage for fill-in field manager Matt Schultz.

Mitch Stier relieved Sarsland but his cutter just wasn't cutting. The Islanders scored one run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to tie the score. Former professional ball player Ed Reichenbach came in for the final two innings, throwing heat that the Tigers couldn't touch.

Jake Mercado came on in the eighth to try and match Reichenbach but like Stier, he also lacked his good stuff, allowing two earned runs despite no hits. Clayton Meyer came on to get the final two outs of the eighth. The Tiger 9th went quickly and in 1-2-3 fashion, each succumbing to a whiff.

Pacing the hitting attack for the locals was a pair of college ball players. Tyler O’Brien and Sarsland both laced a pair of doubles, with the latter collecting four knocks. Carsen Ladd also enjoyed a multi-hit performance.

 

 

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