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Morris Area falls to the Sting in extra innings

The Morris Area baseball team suffered a 6-5 loss to Yellow Medicine East in nine innings Tuesday on the road.

The Tigers appeared to have scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when Darrick Henrichs slid across on Kirby Sayles' grounder to first, but the umpire ruled that he did not touch the plate and he was tagged out with the late throw.

The Sting won the game in the ninth with a two-out single, stolen base, and a single.

Eric Riley pitched eight innings allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.

"Riley took the loss, but he pitched brilliantly," said coach Lyle Rambow.

Dustin Sauter started on the mound giving up three runs on three hits.

"Sauter had a tender arm, so Riley relieved him in the second," said Rambow.

Down 3-0 in the third, Chris Boettcher hit a two-out single to right center, stole second, and scored on Sauter's sharp single to right center.

In the fifth, Sayles hit a double to right center, then Riley got on board on an error, and Boettcher singled in a run. Then Siegel fouled off 2-2 strike pitches before ripping a two-RBI hit down the third baseline and the Tigers were up 4-3.

The Sting got two unearned runs in the fifth on two hits and a Tiger error.

Morris Area tied the score in the seventh when Sauter hit a two-out single, stole second, and scored on an error by the catcher after a dirtball strikeout.

The Tigers had some defensive highlights. Boettcher made a sliding catch in left center to end the fourth with two on. Henrichs nailed three runners at second base with strong throws.

"Wohlers had no luck hitting," said Rambow. "He hit three balls hard with a drive to deep center which was caught by the center fielder to rob the go-ahead run in the seventh.

"This was a very tough loss," Rambow said. "Eric did a heck of a job throwing eight innings of relief.

"We seem to be snake bit right now. We need to push a little harder and make our own breaks.

"The players have a solid attitude."