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Tigers wrap up 2008 season

The Morris Area Tiger' 2008 baseball season came to a close with a loss to Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in the second round of the section play offs May 29. The Tigers had upset Brandon-Evansville 9-2 in the first round.

The Tigers finished the season in sixth place with a 5-9 record in the West Central Conference South. Conference wins were over Yellow Medicine East, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Benson, BOLD, and Lac qui Parle Valley.

Overall the Tigers were 7-13, picking up a big 18-13 non-conference win at Breckenridge.

Two Tigers were named to the All-Conference Team. They are Dustin Sauter and Matt Wohlers. Mikey Siegel was given an Honorable Mention by the conference.

Joining the Chizek 300 Club this season are Chris Boettcher (.359), Wohlers (.347), Sauter (.333), and Darrick Henrichs (.328).

The Orange Ball award goes to Boettcher, Henrichs, and Siegel.

Along with the rest of the seniors, this season's captains, Kirby Sayles, Siegel, and Wohlers, led the Tigers both on and off the field.

"This senior group showed a lot of leadership," said coach Lyle Rambow. "Practices practically ran themselves.

"We're going to miss those seniors," he said. "Hopefully, their leadership will rub off on next year's team."

Seniors playing their last season as Tigers include Danton Hein, Tallack Dosdall, Sayles, Siegel, and Wohlers.

"Mikey (Siegel) was the best second baseman in the conference," said Rambow. "He's also an outstanding base runner.

"Matt (Wohlers) developed into a solid center fielder.

"Kirby (Sayles) gave us solid leadership and improved his batting average throughout the season.

"Tallack (Dosdall) is a tireless worker. I could always depend on him.

"Danton (Hein) was a hard worker. He steadily improved in the outfield.

"I thought this was a team that steadily improved throughout the season," Rambow said. "It was a really fun team to work with.

"We were playing at our best ball at the end of the season."

Rambow is looking forward to next season, when the Tigers will have more varsity experience on the pitching mound.

"We're going to have a lot of experienced pitchers."