Sunday, June 18
Saturday, June 24
Tigers Record 4-8, 2-4
‘B’ STATE TOURNEY
‘C’ STATE TOURNEY
--by Brett Kruschke, Mike Schultz & Matt Schultz
The Tigertown Express went on the road over the weekend and almost swept a pair of league road games, but an extra-innings loss at Henderson on Sunday sapped the Tiger steam. At the midway point of the regular season, Belle Plaine is 4-8 overall with a 2-4 mark in the River Valley League.
The Tigers are on the road again this weekend, heading to an eight-team invitational tournament in Farming – up in Stearns County – known as the FBI Tourney (Farming Baseball Invitational). Our lads will get underway at 10 am Saturday against the Sauk Centre Titans, with a second game to follow at 2 pm (loser’s bracket) or 6 pm (winner’s bracket) against the Sartell Muskies or host Farming Flames.
The Chatfielders will also play Sunday at a time to be determined, as each team is guaranteed three games. Please see the accompanying bracket, or, visit bptigertown.com. The other teams in the tournament are Atwater, Montrose-Waverly, St. Joseph and the Sartell Stone Poneys.
Follow the Tiger travails this weekend on Twitter at twitter.com/bptigertown. The boys will finally return to action at Tiger Park on June 29 and 30, with a pair of contests before the 4th of July break.
BP 8 @ Le Sueur 3 (Saturday, June 17) - BOX SCORE
Belle Plaine headed to Le Sueur for the first of back-to-back league games on the weekend, with a high noon first pitch. Mitchel Stier got the starting nod and was solid throughout his stint, working six innings and scattering seven hits while allowing three runs.
Joe Pomije relieved Stier and was even better, tossing three frames of shutout ball to pick up an old-fashioned save. The moppy-haired mop-up man walked three batters but gave up just one hit while striking out four.
Pat Schultz summoned ghosts of yesteryear with a dazzling 5-for-5 performance, including two doubles and three RBI. A trio of Tigers collected two hits in the midday affair: Jesse Oelfke and brothers Aiden and Carsen Ladd – all part of a 13-hit attack.
BP 8 @ Henderson 9 (Sunday, June 18 – 10 innings) - BOX SCORE
It was a cat fight, as the Tigers of Belle Plaine traveled to take on the Tigers of Henderson. Josh Terrio started on the mound and went four innings, yielding five walks and five runs. Jonny Vinkemeier went the rest of the way and allowed just one earned run – among four overall – before giving up a walk-off, RBI single in the tenth inning to Matt Graham.
Belle Plaine trailed early before exploding for six runs in the seventh inning for a 7-5 lead. In the eighth, Henderson scored three times to take the lead back. Team Tigertown tied it up in the ninth with a single tally.
Matt Schultz led the 12-hit attack with three safeties in five trips. Carsen Ladd, Jared Miller and Nathan Herman all had two knocks, with the latter making his town team debut. Aiden Ladd hit a three-run home run – the Tigers’ first since the St. Benedict bombings on May 13, when they slugged three (yes, even Matt Ruehling).
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