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Baseball: Spencer hangs on in 14-13 see-saw win

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Spencer's Weston Glienke steals second while Spirit Lake's Andrew Ites waits for the ball during their Lakes Conference contest on Monday, June 4 at the newly-named Andy McGaffin Field. The Tigers built a 12-2 lead but had to come from behind to secure a 14-13 win.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
The Tigers found out that even a 9-0 lead isn't necessarily safe in the Lakes Conference.

After jumping all over Spirit Lake starter Brandon Stoll to build a 9-0 lead after one, and 12-2 lead after two, the Tigers would need a Chance Tatman two-run single to comeback for the win, 14-13, at Andy McGaffin Field Monday night.

Down 10 runs, the Indians would begin to get to starter Weston Glienke and would chase him from the game after four innings and seven runs. Spirit Lake continued to chip away at the lead, and with the help of 12 walks issued by Spencer pitchers on the night, the Indians took the lead, 13-12, in the top of the 6th inning.

Blake Seier would get the rally started in the bottom of the seventh with a double and after a hit batsmen and single, Tatman would drive in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single.

Austin Allen picked up the win after coming on in the sixth and pitching a scoreless seventh. He also recorded three hits on the night. Glienke also got three hits and Seier scored three runs.

The Tigers are now 5-2 overall after sweeping the Spencer tournament this weekend. They will play at Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday evening.

SPENCER TOURNAMENT

Spencer 10, Sioux Central 5

Matthew Klemme threw a complete game and the Tigers scored five unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie and win the first game of the afternoon, 10-5. Weston Glienke and Tayler Tatman both went 4-for-4 with an RBI, and Chance Tatman was 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two sacrifice flies as the Tigers racked up 14 hits. Klemme gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking one.

Bobby Rushton took the loss for the Rebels after giving up 12 hits and eight runs (four earned) in five innings. Mickenzie Nelson went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.

North Union 11, Sioux Central 7

Brad Ripke went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the Rebels' game two loss. Ripke pitched five innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and six strikeouts. North Union scored five runs in the sixth to seal the win. Nelson, Colin Swanson and Nick Wittmaack each were 2-for-4. The losses drop Sioux Central to 5-3 on the year.

Spencer 9, Sioux City West 4

The Tigers collected 11 hits in the final game Saturday, a 9-4 win over West. Blake Seier went 2-for-3 with four runs scored, a double and an RBI. Seier also worked all seven innings for the win. The senior game up four runs (all earned) on 10 hits while striking out four and not walking a batter. Jordon Plueger scored three runs and went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Austin Allen drove in three runs.



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