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Baseball: Indians hold Tigers in check

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spencer's Jordon Plueger throws on the run to first base while Spirit Lake's Andrew Ites tries to beat the throw on Friday, June 22 in Spirit Lake. Plueger, who hit a two-run home run in the game, got the out but the Tigers would fall to the Indians, 9-2.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
Spencer couldn't get the bats going and only got two hits in a 9-2 Lakes Conference loss to Spirit Lake on Friday night in Spirit Lake. The Indians evened the season series after falling to the Tigers, 14-13, in Spencer on June 4.

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.

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