(Photo by Michael Fischer)
The Indians got three runs on just one hit in the bottom of the first as they took advantage of two walks and two wild pitches by Spencer starter Matthew Klemme. Spirit Lake would add two more in the second as they controlled the game from the start.
Jordon Plueger would provide some offense in the top of the third with his first home run of the season, a two-run homer off Paul Brown.
Brown tossed a complete game, giving up two runs on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts for the win. Chance Tatman recorded Spencer's other base hit.
"We didn't put much pressure on their defense tonight. We had 14 fly ball outs," Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. "We hit some balls hard again and I feel we're close to busting out offensively."
Spirit Lake would add three more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Klemme took the loss after 4 1/3 innings of work. He gave up eight runs (six earned) on six hits, five walks, two hit batters and one strikeout. Blake Seier relieved Klemme in the fifth and finished the game. Seier gave up one earned run on two hits in his 1 1/3 innings.
The Tigers will head to the Kuemper tournament in Carroll today (Saturday) and continue with Lakes Conference play on Monday when they host Estherville Lincoln Central.