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Tigers Off to Familiar Slow Start

--by Brett Kruschke, Matt Schultz & Mike Schultz

Like the weekend before, the Tigers lost a close contest and a blowout, a league game and a non-league game. Add it all up, and the Tigertown Express has veered off the tracks with a 0-4 record. Slow starts have become the “Tiger Way” in recent seasons – see 2016 (1-4), 2015 (1-4), 2014 (1-6) and 2013 (1-6) – all part of manager Mike Schultz’s master plan of playing possum before unleashing the fury.

Perhaps this pattern means “bad news” for the Fairfax Cardinals, as the line from the Bad News Bears goes, as the locals are due for a win and the next foe comes Friday at Fairfax, 7:30 pm. In an intentional peel-back of the schedule with the Belle Plaine High School Tigers entering the crux of their season, the Town Tigers’ only other game this month is a home outing against the Shakopee Coyotes next Wednesday, May 24.

In the meantime, stay plugged in at bptigertown.com and the social media channels: bptigertown on Facebook and Twitter.

Jordan 14 @ BP 2 (Friday, May 12 – 8 innings)
Dollar Beer Night at Tiger Park brought a picture-perfect evening and a nice crowd as the locals fittingly took on the Brewers. Local fans were thankful for the beer discount, as it didn’t cost quite as much to drown their sorrows in this lopsided affair. The Tigers got behind early and couldn’t climb out of the hole, scoring only two runs on four hits while committing five errors.
Wes Sarsland started on the mound and lasted three innings, giving up seven runs (six earned). Mitch Stier threw the next three innings and was the lone bright spot, giving up no runs while scattering four hits and four walks. Chase Emmers worked the last two frames and gave up five runs (three earned).  

Sarsland led the Tiger offense with three hits, while Jon Vinkemeier and Luke Narveson accounted for the other two safeties.

BP 11 @ St. Benedict 12 (Saturday, May 13)
After the previous night’s beating by Jordan your Belle Plaine Tigers headed to St. Benedict to try and get in the win column. In what had to be karmic retribution for “America’s Team” not playing the national anthem, Luke Narveson led off with a home run on the first pitch of the game. Teenage Tiger immediately entertained thoughts of their first victory of the season, but it was not to be as the Saints rallied for a 12-11 win.

Vinkemeier started on the mound for the Tigers and was solid through four innings. He gave way to Josh Terrio, Emmers and eventually Narveson – none of which were helped in any way by the defensive pairing of Steir and Mike Schultz at shortstop and second base, respectively.

Matt Ruehling led the Tigers with three hits including a double and a home run, attempting but failing to persuade Manager Schultz after that game that this would be a good one after which to retire. Wes Sarsland also belted a home run, meaning that all three Tiger long balls was each player’s first career blasts. This puts the trio is lofty company in Tiger history, joining the likes of legendary sluggers Brent Meyer and Brett Kruschke.

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