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Tigers split Benson double header

Morris Area split a twin bill with Benson Monday at Chizek Field.

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The Tigers started out the night defeating the Braves 6-2.

Ben Johnson went the distance scattering eight hits. He walked the first two batters of the game and they scored the Braves' only runs.

After that Johnson pitched six shut-out innings.

Benson hit an array of grounders and the Tigers had 12 infield assists, seven by short stop Dustin Sauter. Kirby Sayles had 11 put outs at first base.

Benson's starter walked three, his only of the game, to start the second inning. The Tiger hitters capitalized with consecutive RBI hits by Darrick Henrichs, Nate Gades, Sauter, and Mike Siegel to take a 5-2 lead.

In the third inning, Chris Boettcher, running for Henrichs who had singled, scored from second when an infield grounder was bobbled by the second baseman and thrown too late to first.

Henrichs was 3-for-3 on his way to a 5-for-6 night with an intentional walk.

A defensive highlight was a catch by Gades on a fly ball to the right-field fence.

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The Tigers were down 7-1 after four innings, but battled back to lose by only one.

"Chris Scott had tough luck in the fourth, giving up four runs on three hits," said coach Lyle Rambow. "But the Tigers made three errors."

Scott ended the inning by fanning the final two batters with the bases loaded.

With the score 7-6, each team brought in a lefty reliever.

The Braves' Andrew Simmonds worked two and two-third scoreless innings for the win.

Meanwhile, Gades faced the minimum nine hitters in three innings with four strike outs.

"This was his second solid relief stint in a row," said Rambow.

Morris got on the board in the third when Siegel got an RBI hit to score Boettcher.

In the fourth the Tigers finally got their bats going. Sayles walked, Henrichs singled, and Johnson walked to load the bases. Then Boettcher got an RBI walk.

Siegel had a two RBI single before Matt Wohlers ripped a two RBI double into the left field corner to bring Siegel home from first.

The Tigers threatened in the seventh. Wohlers had an infield single and went to second on a throwing error. Henrichs was then intentionally walked. With Tallack Dosdall up, a double steal put runners at second and third with two outs.

"Dozer fouled off 2-2 strike pitches and with the count full, the game ended with a pop to first," Rambow said.

"We played two solid games today," said Rambow. "We're disappointed we didn't sweep but we showed we can battle back.

"Johnson pitched a solid and complete game and Gades was super in relief.

"Henrichs was 5-for-6 and was robbed by short for his only out.

"Sauter had a great day at short and Wohlers made a nice running catch in center."