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Tigers lose to Eagles in 3AA playoffs, 18-8

MARSHALL--The Morris Area Tigers' were elimated from the baseball playoffs on a hot and windy day in Marshall with an 18-8 loss to the New Ulm Eagles.

After Morris took an early 1-0 lead to start the game, New Ulm posted four runs in the bottom half of the inning on two, two-run homers.

The Tigers came right back in the second as they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on five hits, including a three-run homer by Cole Riley. Morris had an 8-4 lead and New Ulm starter Jordan Schneider's night was done.

After a scoreless second, the Eagles took the lead in the third, 9-8 and never trailed again.

Mitch Kill walked to start off the third for the Tigers, but was tagged out trying to steal second and the Tigers had just four baserunners the rest of the night.

The best chance the Tigers had to add to their runs came in the fifth when Riley led off with a single and moved to second on an error. He eventually made it all the way to third but Travis Rinkenberger grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

The Eagles scored four runs in the fifth to make it 13-8 and ended the game via the 10-run rule with five runs in the sixth inning.

Starter Tyler Hansen took the loss for the Tigers. He pitched the first 2 2/3 innings and allowed nine runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and walk. Alex Erickson pitched the next 2 2/3 and Eric Riley pitched the final inning.

Erickson and Ryan Berger had two hits and Cole Riley was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.

This article includes information from the New Ulm Journal.