Despite an early lead on an Austin Allen two-run homer, Spencer faded in a 10-2 loss at Bishop Garrigan in Algona Friday night. The Tigers committed three errors and recorded four hits in the loss, which drops them to 13-12 on the season with three games remaining.
Garrigan (31-8) answered Allen's first-inning homer immediately in the bottom half with three runs to take the lead, including a solo home run. The Spencer offense and defense sputtered as the game continued as Garrigan added another run in the third, and three more in the fourth and sixth.
"Our biggest thing was three errors and a lack of communication on fly balls," Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. "We didn't play our game mentally. Defensively, the energy level wasn't there like it's been in the past few games. Not all nine guys were there mentally on defense."
Blake Seier took the loss after giving up six earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two. Zevin Carlson pitched the final two outs.
Tayler Tatman, Blake Rosendahl and Matt Klemme each went 1-for-3. Tatman scored on Allen's third home run of the season.
Garrigan hit two more home runs as part of the three-run sixth inning. The Tigers defeated the Golden Bears, 2-1, on May 31 in Spencer.
Spencer (13-12) will finish the regular season with three games next week before Friday's District opener. They will travel to Algona on Monday, play a make-up game on Tuesday at MOC-Floyd Valley, and host Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Wednesday.
They face Spirit Lake, who split with the Tigers this season, in the District opener on Friday, July 13 at Le Mars at 5 p.m.
"We just need to put this one behind us and regroup quickly for next week," Dirkx said.