Springfield Takes a 1-0 Series Lead Over Gibbon
The Tigers opened the 2007 post season with game one of a best-of-three series against Gibbon on Friday night at Riverside Park. Matt Tews picked up his seventh win of the year as nearly every batter in the Tiger lineup contributed at least one hit to the 9-2 victory.
After Tews retired the Reds in order in the top of the first, the Tiger offense went right to work. Kyle Kraska led off with a double. Brandon Wilhelmi reached on an error. Brady Schwab followed with a two-run double. Schwab came in to score on a Gibbon error, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead, which they would never relinquish. The Tigers extended their lead in the second when Matt Baier led off with a single. Chris Sturm drove him in with a blast that went for a double. Kraska followed with an RBI base hit, giving Springfield a five run lead.
Gibbon got on the scoreboard in the top of the third as they combined a single, a Tiger error, and a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-1. Springfield returned the lead to five in the bottom of the inning when Schwab reached on an error, stole second and was driven in by Baier.
The Tigers added single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on RBIs by Jesse Berg, Schwab, and Sturm. The Reds added their final run in the sixth when they put together three singles moving their tally to two. Tews completed eight innings before Berg came in to finish things up in the ninth. Jesse looked very good as he struck out the side to end the game.
With the win, Springfield leads the series one game to none. The series continues on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm in Gibbon where the Tigers will look to continue their hot hitting and quality pitching, while going for a sweep.
|B. Wilhelmi, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0|
|C. Sturm, LF||3||1||2||2||1||1|
|Tews (W, 7-2)||8||7||2||1||2||6|