Morris Area dropped three conference baseball games playing Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Morris Area 6
The Tigers lost their second consecutive nail biter 7-6, stranding the winning runs on the bases in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday against Lac qui Parle Valley.
Down 7-6 in the final inning, the Tigers loaded the bases on a walk to Tallack Dosdall, a single by Kirby Sayles, and a walk to Chris Scott with one out. The Eagles' relief pitcher nailed down the win getting the last two Tigers on a strike out and a pup up.
"Dusty Sauter wasn't sharp, but battled the tough situations," said coach Lyle Rambow.
He pitched all seven innings allowing seven runs on eight hits, two walks, and three hit batters.
The Eagles bunched six hits in the second and third to score five runs. After that, Sauter only allowed one hit.
Down 5-0, Morris Area scored four in the third. Sayles, Danton Hein, and Chris Boettcher walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Sauter, a sharp grounder to first by Mike Siegel, a single by Darrick Henrichs, and a grounder by Nate Gades scored the runs.
After the Eagles added one in the fourth, the Tigers tied it up in the sixth. Scott was hit by a pitch and Boettcher walked, before Siegel banged a two-out single to left to score Scott. Then Matt Wohlers grounded to short and Siegel beat the force at second to allow Boettcher to score.
The Eagles scored the winning run in the top of the seventh on a walk and two Tiger throwing errors.
"We made some nice plays in the field," said Rambow. "Wohlers had a great running catch at deep right center.
"Siegel made an excellent pop-up catch from second, running with his back to the infield. Eric Riley made some nice plays at short," Rambow said.
"This was a fun ball game, intense to the end," said Rambow. "A very nice crowd was treated to an exciting game of night baseball. We're improving and we'll find a way to win these close games."
Rambow said he appreciates the fans, as well as Marie Hansen and the Booster Club for their work in the concession stand.
Morris Area 7
Scoreless until the fourth inning, the Lakers scored six runs to take the lead and held on for a 10-7 win over the Tigers Thursday at Minnewaska.
Riley took the loss for the Tigers pitching four innings and allowing six runs on six hits, five walks, and four strike outs.
Riley started on the mound and stranded base runners in the first, second and third innings. He left runners at second and third with two strikeouts in the first inning.
Minnewaska took a 6-0 lead in the fourth with four walks and some good hitting.
The Tigers came to bat in the sixth down 8-0 and put together a five-run rally. Wohlers walked and Henrichs singled, then Wohlers scored on a dirt ball and Dosdall walked. A slide by Henrichs got the Tigers a run on Hein's infield grounder. Boettcher singled to score Dosdall. Sauter's double, with Boettcher's running from first, scored him and Hein.
Minnewaska got two more runs on two walks, an error, and one hit.
In the seventh, Wohlers and Sayles got aboard on singles and later scored on walks to Ben Johnson and Boettcher.
"The Tigers made some good plays," said Rambow. "Sauter nailed a runner at the plate on a relay from Boettcher to Henrichs. Sayles fired to Siegel for the put out after Wohlers picked a man off first. Sauter made a nice back-hand play at short.
"We walked seven guys and made four errors. That is going to get you," said Rambow. "Again, we battled back. We did some very sad base running. The guys are working hard and having fun at games. We'll continue to get better."
Morris Area 2
Friday night the Tigers fell behind early and never caught up to the Falcons, losing 8-2 at Chizek Field.
The Tigers scored single runs in the second and third. Hein singled and scored on Siegel's clutch two-out single. Then Henrichs singled and got to third, scoring on Dosdall's infield grounder by getting a jump off third.
The Tigers trailed 3-2 after three innings, but could score no more.
Wohlers pitched six innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, six walks, and two strike outs.
Sayles made his first appearance on the mound. He struck out the Falcons' number two hitter for the third out with men on second and third.
"ACGC turned two nice double plays to slow the Tigers' offense," said Rambow. "Henrichs made a great catch of a foul pop, sliding into the fence. Boettcher patrolled center and made some excellent catches."
Morris native and coach Jeff Tanner's son, Jordan, threw a complete game for the Falcons.