Tigers split with BOLD
Morris Area split a baseball double header with BOLD Thursday at home and defeated Lac qui Parle Valley on the road Friday for coach Lyle Rambow's 300th career win.
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After a 50-minute rain delay and another 30-minute delay at Chizek Field Thursday, the Tigers played 11 innings to start a double header with the Warriors.
The Tigers got the winning run when Chris Boettcher scored on a wild pitch.
Ben Johnson was on the mound for six and a third innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out four batters.
BOLD scored two in the seventh to force extra innings and Nate Gades picked up the win with four and two thirds innings of relief pitching. Gades allowed no runs on two hits and one walk. He also struck out four.
Boettcher ripped an RBI triple in the third.
Mike Siegel and Boettcher scored on RBIs by Dustin Sauter and Matt Wohlers in the fifth inning.
Danton Hein doubled in the seventh and later scored on Sauter's RBI sacrifice fly.
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The Tigers were down 8-0 in the first on BOLD's four hits and five walks.
The Tigers battled back to tie it up after five innings of play.
In the first inning Darrick Henrichs, Kirby Sayles, and Gades had RBIs to put three on the board for Morris Area.
The Tigers added three more runs in the second on RBIs by Sauter and Henrichs and a BOLD error.
In the fifth inning Siegel had an RBI and a first and third double steal scored Eric Riley.
Henrichs scored on a passed ball in the sixth. Then Riley tripled to the right field gap to score Sayles.
Sayles threw six strong relief innings allowing only two earned runs on four hits and five walks.
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The Tigers got a big win over Lac qui Parle Valley Friday.
Morris Area started out with four runs in the first inning. Wohlers singled to start a two-out rally. Then Sayles, Henrichs, and Tallack Dosdall walked to force in a run before Gades delivered a two-RBI single. Sayles also scored on a passed ball.
Gades started on the mound and gave up three on three hits and a walk in the bottom of the first. He then settled in to throw four strong innings for the win.
Riley finished to pick up the save, giving up one earned run with four strike outs, including two in a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.
Morris Area added two more runs in the second. Sauter and Siegel singled, then Wohlers' RBI single and Dosdall's RBI ground out plated the runs.
In the fifth, Hein's double to the left field fence scored Gades who was on base after hitting a single.
Sayles hit a blast to the center field fence in the sixth which scored Sauter for the needed insurance run.
"We really pounded the ball," said Rambow. "We had 12 hits, plus LQPV fielders robbed us with at least four diving catches.
"We were tired after the previous night's marathon double header with BOLD, but our kids made a heck of an effort to play hard.
"Gades and Riley made strong performances on the mound when we needed them.
"It seems we can't stand prosperity, as we made five errors to keep the Eagles in the game.
"I'm about one for 10 this season on discussions with the umpire. Wohlers' diving catch was disallowed, which gave the Eagles a run, but the coach's argument was turned aside."