Tigers down Montevideo
Morris Area picked up a victory over Montevideo Thursday night in West Central Conference South baseball action, but fell to sub-section rival Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Friday.
Morris Area 9
The Tigers got a 9-2 win on Eric Riley's second consecutive strong pitching performance and evened their record at 8-8.
The Tigers were solid in the field behind Riley, committing no errors.
"Dustin Sauter had two strong plays at short stop," said coach Lyle Rambow. "Darrick Henrichs was solid behind the plate, calling a great game, blocking balls, and picking a man off third."
The Tigers picked up the pace with nine hits to help score nine runs.
The Tigers answered the Thunder Hawks' single run in the top of the first inning by scoring one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Hansen led off with a single, stole second, and scored on Sauter's RBI hit.
The Tigers added three runs in the second inning. Ryan Beyer led off with a blast to center field for a home run. Then Tanner Berning doubled and scored on Riley's double. Hansen ripped an RBI single to bring Riley home.
In the fourth inning, the Tigers put up four more runs. Key hits in the inning were Sauter's two RBI singles and RBI groundouts by Nate Gades and Henrichs.
The Tigers manufactured an insurance run in the sixth. Sauter was hit by a pitch and stole second. He advanced to third on Tanner Rohloff's grounder to second and scored on another grounder by Henrichs.
"It was great to see solid fielding behind Riley," said Rambow. "We had zero errors and we haven't seen that in a while.
"Riley was tough. Three times he ended innings with strike outs with men in scoring position.
"We also stole five bases and ran the bases well," added Rambow. "We can put pressure on teams with our base runners."
Morris Area 2
The Tigers lost to Wheaton 4-2 in nine innings Friday in an important game for Sub-Section 6A seeding. The win gave Wheaton an 11-5 record and will likely take the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the sub-section.
The Tigers tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Gades. Rohloff was pinch running at first, with Boettcher at third, and it looked like the Tigers could take the lead but a balk was not called on the first and third double steal. Coaches Rambow and Jim Greenwaldt discussed the matter with the umps, but the non-balk call stood and Rohloff was out. A pop out ended the inning.
Wheaton broke through with two in the ninth to win.
In the third, Riley lined a triple down the right field line and scored on a throwing error trying to nail him at third to make it 2-1.
"Sauter threw an excellent game, getting out of key jams in the third, fourth and eighth, ending two with strike outs."
The Tigers had 13 infield assists, with Jon Jallo digging two out of the dirt at first.
"The wind was a big factor, howling straight in from center and making all balls in the air treacherous."
"We just couldn't seem to get a break," said Rambow. "Wheaton turned three double plays and had a number of seeing-eye hits."