(Photos by Michael Fischer)
In the first game, Sioux Center took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch by Carly Richardson in the first inning to score its first run. Richardson settled in after the inning and didn't allow a hit in her four innings of work before being relieved by Taylor Anderson.
The Tigers would tie the game in the top of the sixth when Madi Rost drove Kari Kramer in with an RBI-double. The Tigers had first-and-third with one out after an Anderson single, but couldn't take the lead as Rost was caught in a rundown between third and home.
Still knotted at 1-1 after seven innings, the game went to the international softball tiebreaker rules because of tournament play, which begins the inning with a runner on second base.
Karis Rhode wasted no time in taking advantage of the runner placed in scoring position as she roped a single to drive in Rost for the 2-1 lead.
In the bottom half, Sioux Center bunted to advance its runner, which resulted in an Anderson overthrow at first base to score the runner. After a groundout, Sioux Center would take the victory after another throwing error to first allowed the winning run to come in.
"With all the mistakes we made, we still could have won the game," Spencer coach Greg Jones said. "There were some mental mistakes we need to avoid like missing signs. The girls just always have to be thinking out there."
Anderson took the loss for the Tigers with 3+ innings of relief work, allowing two runs (both unearned) on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. RIchardson allowed one earned run on zero hits, two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.
Kari Kramer went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Rhode was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, the Tigers bounced back with a 4-1 win over M-M-C led by some clutch hitting at the bottom of the Spencer lineup.
Another tight game throughout, Spencer was able to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth with three runs to get the win. Paige Wigen pushed Maddie Gould across with a bases-loaded infield single to break the tie, which was followed by a two-run single by Piper Swanson to increase the lead to 4-1.
"It was a really good bounce back game for us," Jones said. "We put the ball in play and didn't have any strikeouts. We got some key hits there in the sixth inning."
Freshman Kelli Kramer started the game for the Tigers and pitched three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, two walks and a strikeout. Anderson relieved Kramer in the bottom of the fourth and worked the final four innings with little difficulty.
Anderson picked up the win after not giving up a run in four innings on one hit, one walk and four strikeouts. Anderson faced the minimum through her first three innings.
Spencer collected six hits in the win, including Wigen and Swanson each going 2-for-3 from the eight- and nine-spot in the Tiger lineup. Gould went 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored, and Richardson was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The Tigers committed one error in the game.
The will face George-Little Rock/Central Lyon at 11 a.m. and face Newell-Fonda at 4:30 p.m. at Tiger Softball Field on Saturday to finish the invitational.
Sioux Center 3, Spencer 2 (8 inn.)
Spencer 4, M-M-C 1
Bishop Heelan 4, Spirit Lake 1
Akron-Westfield 1, Bishop Heelan 0
North Union 14, Spirit Lake 7
North Union 2 Denison-Schleswig 1 (8 inn.)
Denison-Schleswig 10, Le Mars 3
Estherville-LC 5, Akron-Westfield 1
Estherville-LC 10, Sioux Center 4
M-M-C 6, Cherokee 1
Le Mars 7, Newell-Fonda 3
Newell-Fonda 11, Cherokee 0 (5 inn.)
|Spencer vs. GLR/Central Lyon||11 a.m.||SHS|
|Akron-Westfield vs. North Union||11 a.m.||Pederson #3|
|ELC vs. Bishop Heelan||11 a.m.||Pederson #4|
|Le Mars vs. Akron-Westfield||12:45 p.m.||SHS|
|M-M-C vs. Spirit Lake||12:45 p.m.||Pederson #3|
|Cherokee vs. Denison-Schleswig||12:45 p.m.||Pederson #4|
|ELC vs. North Union||2:30 p.m.||SHS|
|Bishop Heelan vs. Newell-Fonda||2:30 p.m.||Pederson #3|
|Cherokee vs. GLR/Cenral Lyon||2:30 p.m.||Pederson #4|
|Spencer vs. Newell-Fonda||4:30 p.m.||SHS|
|Le Mars vs. M-M-C||4:30 p.m.||Pederson #3|
|Spirit Lake vs. Denison-Schleswig||4:30 p.m.||Pederson #4|