The Tigers made a strong bid to win at the end. We had the tying and winning runs in scoring position. The inning was the seventh. We had already pushed across three runs in that inning. Problem is, we had scored zero runs in the first through sixth innings.
New London-Spicer had four runs on the scoreboard. Two of those runs came in the top of the seventh. NL-Spicer would need those runs. So, with MACA having the potential winning runs on base, NL-Spicer really needed pitcher Josh Soine to come through. He came through indeed with a strikeout for out No. 3. MACA was dealt a 4-3 loss.
The NL-S success in the top of the seventh came on a double, an error and sacrifice fly. MACA was determined not to get shut out in their season opener. MACA summoned momentum in the bottom of the seventh with RBI hits off the bats of Philip Messner and Jared Anderson. NL-S also committed an error. Each team had four errors for the game.
The hit totals were six by the Wildcats, five for the Tigers.
Soine was preceded on the pitching mound by Austin Nelson. Nelson hurled for 6 1/3 innings, striking out four batters, walking five and allowing four hits. One of the runs he allowed was unearned. Soine got the 'W' next to his name in the boxscore.
MACA coach Mark Torgerson handed the ball to Noah Grove for starting pitching duties. The one run that Grove allowed was unearned. He was in command much of the time, striking out seven batters. He walked three and allowed three hits in his three innings.
Sean Amundson had a brief pitching stint. Toby Sayles finished up on the hill. Toby set down four Wildcats on strikes and walked one. He allowed two runs, both of which were unearned. He allowed three hits in his four innings.
Five Tigers each had one hit: Riley Biesterfeld, Grove, Philip Messner, Nick Solvie and Jared Anderson. Messner's hit was a double and he drove in a run. Solvie and Anderson both had a hit in their only at-bat, and Anderson drove in a run.
Isaac Goetzman wielded a potent bat for the visiting Wildcats. Goetzman went three-for-four with a double and scored two runs. Wyatt White and James Magnuson both went one-for-four. Soine had a one-for-three afternoon. Jaden Hanson didn't have a hit but this Wildcat drove in two runs.
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