Tigers suffer setback in baseball tourney, play New Ulm again Tuesday
MARSHALL -- Fairmont scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and went on to rout Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 18-2 in the winner's bracket final of the Section 3AA baseball tournament on Saturday.
The Tigers had allowed only one run in its two previous playoff games. But Fairmont amassed 16 hits to go along with four Tiger errors and five free passes.
The Tigers will now play New Ulm in the loser's bracket final at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Marshall. The winner will meet Fairmont in the championship Thursday at 5 p.m. A second game would be played Friday, if necessary.
After Fairmont scored three times in the top of the first inning, the Tigers came back with two runs in the home half of the first. Tyler Hansen hit a lead-off single. Alex Erickson followed with another single and Eric Riley reached on an infield single to load the bases. Cole Riley then drove in Hansen and Erickson with a double over the left fielder's head.
Eric Riley then blanked the Cardinals in the second and third innings before getting knocked out in the fourth.
Fairmont had seven hits to go along with two walks and two hit batsmen to record its double-digit inning.
Tiger reliever Matt Lembcke gave up five unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning. After two outs, the Tigers made a pair of infield errors.
Logan Peymann got the win, hurling all five innings and allowing six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Jon Ellis and Mac Waletich had three hits and drove in three runs each for the Cardinals. Peymann had two hits and knocked in two runs.
Hansen and Erickson had two hits apiece for the Tigers.