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Morris Area falls to Monte on the road

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Despite ripping four doubles Tuesday, the Morris Area baseball team had only four total hits in an 8-2 loss to Montevideo. Although scheduled to play at home, the Tigers were on the road because last week's snow had not yet melted from Chizek Field.

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Cam Vien pitched six strong innings, hit a two-run homer, and had three RBI to lead the Thunder Hawks.

"The Tigers couldn't muster much hitting," said coach Lyle Rambow.

A third-inning Tiger rally was thwarted when Montevideo turned a unique 5-3-5 double play.

Down 3-0 in the fifth, the Tigers finally broke through with back-to-back doubles by Chris Scott and Danton Hein.

The Thunder Hawks added two in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth to go up 8-1.

Dustin Sauter's double knocked in Chris Boettcher, who stole two bases, for the Tigers' final run in the seventh inning.

Kirby Sayles had the Tigers' other double to left center.

Scott pitched four and a third innings, allowing five runs, four earned, and six hits.

Ben Johnson pitched one and two thirds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.

"Montevideo beat us fair and square," said Rambow. "They hit and ran the bases well, as well as executed some hit and run plays.

"We just couldn't get any rallies going.

"We need to be more aggressive at swinging at good strikes and not help out their pitcher."

"I hope for some good weather so we can play regular and gain some consistency."

Weather permitting, the Tigers will get some playing time in this Saturday at the Morris Invitational, rescheduled from last weekend.

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