Tigers waste good pitching in BOLD double header loss
The Morris Area baseball team was swept by BOLD in a double header Tuesday at Bird Island.
With the wind howling in from left field, the Tigers wasted two good pitching performances from Tyler Hansen and Nate Gades, as they could not generate enough runs against the wind.
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The Tigers fell behind early and trailed 4-3 at the end of the first game.
In the first inning, the Tigers had two runners erased on the bases to spoil a rally.
BOLD managed to generate three runs in the bottom of the first.
Down 4-0 in the top of the fourth, Dustin Sauter scored from third with a jump on Ryan Beyer's grounder. Then Chris Boettcher, back from a broken knuckle, tripled to deep right to score Beyer. Mitch Carbert's RBI single made it 4-3.
Hansen got tough on the mound, facing only 10 batters over the last three innings and keeping the Warriors in check.
In the seventh, Tanner Berning and Sauter singled with two outs, but the Tigers could not bring the tying run home.
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The score stayed tied for three innings before the Warriors added two runs for the 4-2 win in the seventh.
The Tigers got on the board in the first when Hansen led off with a triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sauter.
In the second inning, Beyer got aboard on an error, stole second, and advanced to third on Berning's grounder.
Beyer scored on a perfect bunt by Eric Riley.
BOLD tied it 2-2 in the third by scraping together four singles.
In the seventh inning, BOLD's lead-off man walked. He was picked off at first, but a Tiger error allowed him to second. A two-run homer put BOLD up 4-2.
After the second inning, Morris got only one more runner to second base when Beyer singled and stole in the sixth.
"It was a frustrating day as we couldn't generate any offense," said coach Lyle Rambow. "We helped them out by chasing some bad pitches.
"We fielded pretty well and ran some good pick offs."
"We just couldn't seem to catch a break," added Rambow. "We ripped four liners the last two innings