Tigers Out Slug Reds
Springfield sent another veteran to the hill on Saturday afternoon and got exactly what they hoped for, an excellent outing, as Jon Diede notched the win over the Gibbon Reds. The Tiger bats came alive in a big way as they pounded out fifteen hits on their way to a 8-4 final.
For the second straight day, Springfield got on the board in the first inning. Kyle Kraska led off with a single. Brent Haseleu moved him up to second with a sacrifice bunt. Tiger rightfielder Brady Schwab singled to give the Tigers runners on first and third. Schwab stole second and Matt Baier walked to load the bases. Ryan Sturm drove in the Tigers first run with a ground out to the shortstop. Pitcher Diede helped himself out with a base hit to give Springfield a 2-0 lead. The score remained until the Reds put together a rally in the bottom of the third. A single and a walk coupled with a two-out double tied the game at two.
In the fifth, Springfield third baseman Baier led off with a double. Sturm moved him to third with a sacrifice and Diede gave the Tigers a one run lead with a sacrifice fly. Gibbon kept battling and pulled back into a tie in the bottom of the sixth. Two singles and a ground out moved the score to 3-3. The Tigers rallied back in the seventh, batting around and scoring three runs on RBI base hits by Matt Tews and Andy Moritz. Kraska also drove in a run with a bases loaded walk.
Diede delivered a one, two, three seventh before giving way to Brandon Wilhelmi who pitched the final two innings. Springfield added a couple insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Diede and Tews, moving the score to 8-3. Wilhelmi gave up four hits in the bottom of the ninth, allowing one Gibbon run and making the final score 8-4.
Springfield will wrap up a weekend full of baseball on Sunday as they travel
to St. James for an afternoon match up with the A's. The Tigers will look
to avenge the 1-0 loss St. James handed them earlier in the season.
|R. Sturm, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0|
|Diede (W, 1-0)||7||5||3||3||1||4|