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Spencer baseball: Pitching and defense lead way in 2-1 win

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Tigers got a win with solid pitching and defense Wednesday night in Cherokee as its offense continues to struggle.

Spencer picked up just three hits in the 2-1 win over Cherokee but got a complete game from starting pitcher Matthew Klemme and didn't commit an error in the field.

Klemme earned the win after giving up one earned run on four hits, four walks and 12 strikeouts. The Braves scored their only run in the bottom of the third after a lead off double came around to score after a sacrifice bunt and sac fly.

Spencer took the lead back immediately in the top of the fourth when Tayler Tatman singled and stole second. He would come in on a Cherokee throwing error, and Blake Seier would single in Austin Allen, who reached on the error. Over the next four innings, the 2-1 lead would hold.

"Matthew did a nice job. Anytime there was a threat, he'd come up with a big strikeout," Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. "Offensively, we're continuing to struggle but we're making decent contact. Again, we had some quality at-bats that didn't produce anything. But, like I told the kids, when you play good defense and pitch well, you can still win games when you're struggling at the plate."

The Tigers will travel to Lawton to face Lawton-Bronson tonight (Thursday). Lawton-Bronson is 12-3 and is coming off two wins over the reigning two-time 1A champions, Martensdale-St. Marys on Saturday. L-B beat Spencer 20-0 in Spencer last year.

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