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Baseball: Sound play earns Tigers 7-2 win

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Spencer's Austin Allen hit two home runs in the Tigers' 7-2 win over Algona on Monday night in Algona. It was Allen's fourth and fifth of the season.
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The Tigers used sound all-around play to get a 7-2 non-conference win in Algona on Monday night. Spencer put up five runs in the top of the seventh to improve to 14-12 on the season. Austin Allen went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs.

"We played one of our best games in all three phases tonight," Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. "Our pitching was good, we made all the plays behind them, and we got some big hits."

The scoring started in the fourth inning with Allen's first home run. Algona would even the score in the bottom half, and the sixth inning would go the same. Spencer took a 2-1 lead only to have Algona knot the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, Weston Glienke moved around to score following a single, and Allen launched his second home run to start the scoring. Freshman Chase Habben, making his first varstiy start at designated hitter, collected his third hit of the night and drove in a run to make it 5-2.

"Austin Allen is swinging the bat really well right now," Dirkx said. "He's been putting in the extra work and it's nice to see it paying off. I tried something different with Chase Habben in at DH and he really responded well with three hits."

Habben only had one varsity at-bat prior to Monday's game. He reached base all four times he batted.

Tayler Tatman started the game and went five innings. He allowed one earned run on five hits. Weston Glienke relieved him to earn the win over the final two innings. He gave up one earned run on one hit. Glienke also went 2-for-5 at the plate.

Spencer will play at MOC-Floyd Valley tonight (Tuesday) and finish the regular season at home versus Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Wednesday.



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