11 May 2012

Baseball: Walks haunt Tigers in loss to Trojans

Drew Hegseth had 2 of the 3 Tiger hits (photo by Jim Lindquist)
One of the cornerstones of coach Mike Winter's baseball philosophy is pitchers must throw strikes.

Failure to get that job done cost his team dearly in Thursday's 6-0 Missota Conference loss to New Prague at Tiger Field.

The Trojans took advantage of seven bases on balls and two hit-batsmen to avenge an earlier 8-0 loss to Farmington.

"There's not much more that needs to be said about the walks," Winters said, "but we didn't do much offensively, either.

"We are a good fastball hitting team but when a pitcher mixes things up like theirs did today, we have trouble. He kept us off balance most of the game."

The Tigers managed just three hits in the contest, a pair of singles by Drew Hegseth and another by Spencer Merle.

New Prague took advantage of starter Ty Vincent's wildness to score three runs in its first-at bat. Three walks, a hit-batsman and an infield error produced the runs.

The winners added two more in the second on  a couple of hits and a walk and then settled in to play defense the rest of the afternoon.

The Tigers got runners to second and third with two out in the fifth inning but could not push around  across.

Merle relieved Vincent in the third and hurled four innings of shutout relief. Andrew Sharratt allowed the final New Prague run in the seventh.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-11 overall and 3-9 in conference play.

Next week Farmington closes out conference play with a pair of games, Tuesday at Chanhassen and Thursday versus Red Wing at Tiger Field.