Frank Shuts Out St. James
The Tigers were at home on Friday night hosting the St. James A's. Alex Frank pitched the best game of his young amateur career as he took a no-hitter into the seventh. Meanwhile, the Springfield bats pounded out seven runs as they cruised to a 7-0 victory.
Early on it was shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, as Frank and St. James starter David Krause each faced just one batter over the minimum during the first three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Marc Salazar got on when he was hit by a pitch. Matt Baier followed with a base hit. Bob Fink reached on a St. James error to load the bases. Christian Loomis put the Tigers on top with a two-run single to right center field. Fink came in to score when Chris Sturm grounded into a double play, putting Springfield up 3-0.
Frank continued to put up zeros, retiring the A's in order in the fifth and sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Salazar led off with a solid single. After two were out, Loomis reached on an error. Sturm and Jordan Milbrath followed with back-to-back, two-out RBI base hits. Sturm scored when Milbrath stole second in a first and third situation, giving Springfield a six run lead.
St. James got their first hit in the seventh. After surrendering a walk, Frank worked out of the jam. In the home half of the inning, Danny Christensen and Salazar put together hits to score Springfield's seventh run of the ballgame. Ty Kaus came on in relief for St. James. He hit the first batter he faced before retiring the final five Springfield batters, all on strikeouts. Frank allowed one hit in the eighth and ninth, but battled through for the complete game shutout.
Offensively, Marc Salazar and Chris Sturm paced Springfield, both going 2-for-3. Matt Baier, Christian Loomis, Jordan Milbrath and Danny Christensen all added one hit each to the home team's tally. Alex Frank picked up the win on the hill, going a solid nine innings, striking out eight. David Krause was tagged with the loss for St. James, allowing seven runs, but only three earned, in six and 1/3 innings of work.
With the victory, Springfield improves to 5-8 overall and 2-6 in the Tomahawk East. The Tigers continue their busy weekend tomorrow night when they travel to Leavenworth to take on the Orioles. Come on over to cheer on the hot Tiger team that has won three of their last four!
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|C. Sturm, LF||3||1||2||1||0||0|
|Frank (W, 1-3)||9||3||0||0||2||8|
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