Lakers Top Tigers in Exhibition Contest
Springfield took the field on Tuesday night for an exhibition matchup against the Heron Lake Lakers. It was a beautiful, calm, crisp, spring evening at Riverside Park. The Tigers were looking to get some pitchers some work and batters some at-bats. They did just that, while falling to the Lakers 9-4 in the scheduled seven inning game.
Bryant Krebs took the ball for the home team. Heron Lake put together three straight hits in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. After giving up the run, Krebs settled in to retire six straight batters.
Springfield's Dave Kreft got the offense going with a lead-off single in the bottom of the second. Adam Schmid followed with a double, driving in Kreft to tie the game at one.
The Tiger defense let down Krebs in the top of the third as the Lakers took advantage of a couple Tiger errors along with several pitches to the backstop to plate three unearned runs and knock Krebs out after two and two-thirds innings. Christian Loomis came on in relief and got out of the inning after allowing a base hit.
Matt Baier was hit by a pitch with one down in the bottom of the third. Marc Salazar followed with a single that combined with a Laker error to allow Baier to score, getting the Tigers within two, 4-2.
Loomis hit the first batter in the top of the fourth and he came around to score with the assistance of a sac bunt and a single.
Heron Lake starter Tony Jorgensen was relieved by left-hander Ethan Duffy after four innings. Duffy was wild giving up two walks and several wild pitches that gave Springfield a run and made the score 5-3 after five innings of play.
Loomis ran into trouble in the sixth as he allowed five Laker hits to plate three additional runs. The Lakers went to the bullpen again in the bottom of the sixth, bringing in Chad Knutson. Springfield loaded the bases in both the bottom of the sixth and seventh, but were unable to increase their tally on the scoreboard.
Jim Eckstein returned to the mound after a several year absence in the top of the seventh for the Tigers. He allowed a lead-off walk and a double in the tune-up inning, but appeared to be getting comfortable back on the bump.
Marc Salazar and Dave Kreft lead the Springfield offense with two hits each. Christian Loomis, Adam Schmid and Marty Brandl all added one hit each to the Tiger total. The Heron Lake offensive leader was Kirk McBreen who went three-for-four with two RBIs. Tony Jorgensen earned the win for the Lakers working four innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. Bryant Krebs was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs, just one earned, on four hits in two and two-thirds innings.
The loss drops the Springfield record to 2-2 overall on the season. They return to Tomahawk East League play on Friday night when they host Sleepy Eye in an 8pm matchup. Go Tigers!
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