Tigers Roar Out To 8-1 Lead, Hold On To Win Opener
Springfield traveled to Mountain Lake to open the 2010 season with an exhibition game against the Lakers. A strong wind was the only knock against an otherwise beautiful day. The Tigers took advantage of four walks and five hits in the first two innings for an early seven run lead. Mountain Lake kept chipping away, scoring runs in all but three innings. The Lakers got the tying run to second base in the bottom of the ninth, but the Tigers held on for a two-run victory.
Matt Baier started the season by reaching on an error. Alex Frank drew a walk before Marc Salazar drove in the first run with a base hit. Ken Sather loaded the bases with an infield single. Frank scored when the Lakers turned a double-play to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.
Jason Nachreiner took the ball for Springfield. In the bottom of the first, a lead-off walk came around to score, cutting the lead to one at 2-1. The Tigers batted nine in their half of the second, putting together three walks and three hits to plate six runs. Chris Sturm provided the biggest blast with a bases clearing double, making the score 8-1.
The Lakers kept battling, scoring single runs off Nachreiner in the bottom of the second and third innings. Frank took over on the mound in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mountain Lake kept putting up runs, getting one in the fourth and two in the fifth, pulling within two, 8-6.
Springfield took advantage of four walks in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 10-6. Ryan Cook came on for the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth. He battled through the final two innings, allowing two runs, as the Tigers wrapped up the win.
Matt Baier, Ken Sather, and Chris Sturm paced the Springfield offense with two hits each. Marc Salazar and Marty Brandl both added one hit. Jason Nachreiner picked up the win, going three innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out two. The Tigers open Tomahawk East League action next Sunday as they travel to Gibbon to battle the Reds at 2pm. We'll see you at the ballpark!
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