Early deficit too much for A-R
ARMSTRONG — Harris-Lake Park scored early and often and its 6-1 lead after two innings held up against Armstrong-Ringsted as the Wolves won 8-4 on Monday.
“We have to come out ready to play and we didn’t have the right attitude tonight,” said A-R coach Ryan Luedtke.
On the defensive side, the Mustangs struggled early, but executed three double plays–one each in the final three innings.
In the fifth and sixth innings, the double plays were from shortstop Ridge Christiansen to second baseman Spencer Clausen to first baseman Logan Anderson.
In the seventh, with the bases loaded, Clausen caught a pop up and doubled up the runner at third base.
The visiting Wolves started the game with three straight singles that plated one run. Another run scored on a groundout and A-R’s first error allowed another run.
The Mustangs got one run back when Brett Tigges reached on an error, went to second on a single by Tyler Tonderum and scored then Logan Anderson hit a grounder to the shortstop.
However, the Mustangs committed their second error to start the second inning. After a sacrifice bunt and Dillion McBride hitting a batter, the Wolves came up with back to back doubles to score two runs. A walk loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly gave the Wolves a 6-1 lead.
Meanwhile A-R’s offense struggled as they went down in order the next two innings. The Wolves added another run in the fourth after starting the inning with two singles.
A-R threatened in the bottom of the inning as Logan Anderson and Ridge Christiansen each singled with one out, but they were stranded and third and second, respectively.
A-R in the fifth when Spencer Clausen led off with a double and went to third when Ethan Eisenbacher flew out to deep center field. A wild pitch allowed Clause to score.
A-R added two more in the sixth when Anderson and Christiansen again singled with one out and the two pulled off a double steal to reach second and third. A two-out single up the middle by Shaun Ash plated both runs, but that was all the Mustangs could muster.
H-Lp added an insurance run in the seventh while A-R went down on three pop-ups in the seventh.
At the plate, Anderson, Christiansen and clausen all went 2-3. Anderson had one RBI. Ash was 1-3 with two RBIs and Tonderum was 1-4.
McBride took the loss. In six innings of work, he gave up 11 hits, two walks, four hit batters and struck out one.
Eisenbacher closed out the game. He gave up one hit, one walk and struck out two batters.
At the Emmetsburg Tournament on Saturday, A-R lost 8-5 to Emmetsburg and 1-0 to Westwood in eight innings.
A-R is at Lone Rock on Thursday.