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Baseball: Tigers knock off Braves, 4-1

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Spencer junior Weston Glienke went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in a 4-1 Lakes Conference win over Cherokee at Andy McGaffin Field Monday night. The Tigers improved to 7-6 in the conference and 12-10 overall.
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Spencer won its third game in a row with a 4-1 conference victory over Cherokee Monday night at home. Matthew Klemme earned the win on the mound and Weston Glienke went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

The win improves Spencer to 7-6 in the Lakes Conference and 12-10 overall with just over a week left in the regular season.

Spencer scored one in the first and again in the third to lead 2-1. In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Allen delivered a two-out, two-run single to right field that would give the Tigers some breathing room. It would be enough as Klemme worked out of a couple late-inning jams before giving way to Blake Seier, who picked up a one-out save.

"I thought Matthew got better as the game went on," Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. "He pitched out of some tough situations. At the end, with their No. 3 and 4 hitters coming up, we decided to make a change, give them a different look."

Seier gave up one hit and got a fielder's choice to end the game. Seier also made a key play from center field in the top of the sixth inning to stop a Brave scoring opportunity. With runners on first and second, Cherokee singled up the middle and Seier fired a strike to freshman catcher Cody Huckfelt, who applied the tag for the third out.

"It was a great play by Seier to make a strong throw right on target and a great job by Cody Huckfelt to hang in there and put the tag on," Dirkx said.

Tayler Tatman went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Michael Klemme singled and scored a run.

The Tigers have won four of their last five and will travel to play Storm Lake today (Tuesday) in the conference finale. They will host Alta-Aurelia on Thursday and play at Bishop Garrigan in Algona on Friday.

DISTRICT PAIRINGS

The Class 3A district baseball pairings were released and Spencer will face Spirit Lake on July 13 at 5 p.m. at Le Mars. The other side of the bracket will feature Le Mars versus MOC-Floyd Valley at 7 p.m. also on Friday, July 13. The winners of the two games will play at Le Mars on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m.



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