Quiet bats equal tough week for Tiger baseball

By Victoria Dahlin—

The Tigers’ bats were fairly quiet last week contributing to losses in all three games played.

The team went to Isle on May 7 and managed one hit, one walk and no runners in, even though they only had two strike out. Meanwhile, the Huskies scored 10 runs amounting to a shutout of Rush City in five innings.

Freshman Ben Nelson started his first varsity game and pitched well overall. He gave up only five hits and had five strikeouts, but walks hurt as he allowed six during his 3 and a third innings.

“The big story, however, was the team’s nine errors,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “We gave away five of the runs today due to our poor defense.”

On Thursday the team traveled to Hinckley-Finlayson and tied the game in the second inning at two, but the Jaguars scored five in the bottom of that inning. The Tiger offense could not recover and fell 9-2.

Freshman Eric Erdman pitched six strong innings allowing five earned runs, striking out four.

“Lack of hitting continued as we had only two hits in seven innings,” said Coach Smith “Our batters also struck out 12 times, which is far too many. The team’s four errors and three hit batsman allowed several extra runners to score.”

The Tigers hosted Moose Lake-Willow River last Friday, when Ben Nelson doubled and after two wild pitches, the game was tied 1-1 in the final inning. But the Rebels fought back to score four times and won 5-1.

Nelson did not allow any earned runs, gave up only four hits and struck out eight batters in his seven innings.

“The team played their best game of the year tonight; they played with emotion and made several nice plays on defense,” said Coach Smith. “Ben also pitched a very good ball game for us tonight. Our bats have gone silent all this week. We made three errors and had two batters hit by pitches, so again, these things hurt us as they turned them into runs on the scoreboard. We again had only one hit, and 14 times we struck out. The team needs to put the ball in play to get some pressure on the opposing defense. Hopefully next week we can break out of this hitting slump and start to put some runs on the board.”

The game versus Braham scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 was postponed due to wet field conditions.

The Rush City baseball team has a 2-10 Great River Conference and 2-11 overall record. The team will host the Onamia Panthers at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, before traveling to Grantsburg to face the Pirates at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. The Tigers will host the Braham Bombers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

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