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Morris Area gets big conference win
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The Tigers won a West Central Conference South baseball game Thursday on the road in Grove City, but fell to non-conference Sauk Centre and MACCRAY at the Morris Area Invitational Saturday.

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Morris Area 5

ACGC 3

The Tigers won a big conference game Thursday defeating Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, which had been tied for first.

The Tigers are 2-2 in the conference which is now wide open with no undefeated teams left in the early race.

The Tigers rode Dustin Sauter's complete game, along with some serious clutch hitting, to a 5-4 win.

The Falcons tied the score 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a double and a Tiger throwing error.

In the top of the sixth, Sauter ripped a single to left and moved to second with alert base running when the left fielder bobbled the ball.

Matt Wohlers hit a 1-2 pitch down the left field line for a double which plated Sauter.

Wohlers then scored on Chris Scott's RBI grounder and the Tigers were up 4-2.

"The Falcons got one back in the sixth on a hit batter and a triple, but Sauter stranded the tying run at third on a come backer to him and a big strike," said coach Lyle Rambow.

The Tigers got an insurance run in the seventh when Chris Boettcher burned the left fielder with a double and once again Wohlers delivered with an RBI single to left.

ACGC would not go away, as they loaded the bases on a single, walk, and an infield single in the bottom of the seventh.

"Short stop Eric Riley made a diving stop to keep the ball in the infield and save a run," said Rambow.

"Sauter shut the door again getting the last out on a tough play by Mike Siegel on a bad hop grounder which he recovered with a quick throw to (Kirby) Sayles to end the game," Rambow said. "Siegel also made an excellent running catch on a blooper for the first out of the seventh."

The Tigers had scored their first two runs in the third.

"Sauter doubled in the gap to score the hard charging (Danton) Hein from first," said Rambow.

Sauter trotted home on a two-base award from the umpire when the ball ended up in the water puddle behind home after an overthrow.

"Riley had an excellent game at short making several solid plays."

Sauter allowed three runs on five hits, two walks, and six strike outs.

"Dusty had a good fastball and he found his change-up and curve in the third inning to really keep the batters off balance," Rambow said. "He made excellent pitches with men on late in the game.

"Sayles showed some speed beating out an infield hit," said Rambow.

"Short stop Eric Riley made a diving stop to keep the ball in the infield and save a run," said Rambow.

"Sauter shut the door again getting the last out on a tough play by Mike Siegel on a bad hop grounder which he recovered with a quick throw to (Kirby) Sayles to end the game," Rambow said. "Siegel also made an excellent running catch on a blooper for the first out of the seventh."

The Tigers had scored their first two runs in the third.

"Sauter doubled in the gap to score the hard charging (Danton) Hein from first," said Rambow.

Sauter trotted home on a two-base award from the umpire when the ball ended up in the water puddle behind home after an overthrow.

"Riley had an excellent game at short making several solid plays."

Sauter allowed three runs on five hits, two walks, and six strike outs.

"Dusty had a good fastball and he found his change-up and curve in the third inning to really keep the batters off balance," Rambow said. "He made excellent pitches with men on late in the game.

"Sayles showed some speed beating out an infield hit," said Rambow.

Morris Invite

Sauk Centre took the traveling trophy home winning two games in Saturday's Morris Invitational.

MACCRAY had won the trophy in 2007 and for the past 16 years the trophy had been shared by Morris Area and Sauk Centre.

Sauk Centre defeated the Tigers 12-1 to start the day, before downing MACCRAY 3-1 in eight innings. In the final game Saturday MACCRAY defeated Morris Area 9-0.

"The Tigers just could not muster any offense," said Rambow. "When we did hit one hard, it was right at 'em."

In the first game, Scott singled to start the third and scored on Sauter's RBI single for the Tigers' only run.

Riley pitched and had two strikes in the first inning, but Sauk scored seven times in the second on five hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an error to go up 8-0.

Ben Johnson finished the game on the mound going two innings.

In the Tigers' second game against MACCRAY, Wohlers started. MACCRAY went up 3-0 in the first on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter.

Sauter and Siegel opened the game with line drive singles, but Wohlers lined a shot to third for a double play.

Dosdall walked and stole second in the second, but was stranded.

In the sixth, Sauter singled and Wohlers doubled, but again they were both left on base.

"The Tigers did have a few highlights," said Rambow. "We turned two double plays, Sauter cut down a double steal at home with a perfect throw to Henrichs, Sauter was very sharp at short, and Nate Gades made his first pitching performance in relief and had six strike out in two innings."

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