Lakers Win As Tiger Bats Fall Silent
Springfield opened a five game road trip by traveling to Hanska on Sunday night for a 6pm match-up against the Lakers. Dark clouds were looming, but a few showers couldn't slow down this game, which was completed in a quick one hour and thirty-six minutes.
Both starting pitchers were on their game and went the distance. Tiger starter, Matt Tews, suffered his second 1-0 loss of the young season. He spread eight Laker hits over his eight innings of work. It was a controversial hit that led to Hanska's lone run. The game entered the bottom of the sixth with both pitchers exchanging zeros. The Laker's lead-off hitter reached base on a ball many observers felt glanced off of his leg and trickled into fair territory in the dirt just in front of the plate. He proceeded to steal second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter grounded out on a nice play by Tiger shortstop Kyle Kraska and the Tigers were on the verge of getting out of the inning. Hanska designated-hitter Al Brekke broke the 0-0 tie as he dropped a base hit in front of Tiger centerfielder Matt Baier to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
Springfield started the top of the seventh with a solid single by Baier. Ryan Sturm laid down a sac bunt to move him to second. He advanced to third on a ground out, but the Tigers were unable to bring him in. They went down in order in the last two innings. Laker hurler Dustin Wilfahrt was the model of efficiency as he threw no more than ten pitches in seven of his nine innings on the mound, including the final six innings.
The Tigers will work to make their bats come alive next weekend, as they
travel to face Leavenworth on Friday, Gibbon on Saturday, and St. James on
Sunday. We'll see you at the ballpark!
|R. Sturm, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1|
|C. Sturm, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|Tews (L, 1-2)||8||8||1||1||0||8|