Mustangs prevail over Indians
SPIRIT LAKE – Tuesday’s non-conference game between Spirit Lake and Armstrong-Ringsted featured a couple momentum swings.
After A-R jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first, Spirit Lake rallied to take a 7-3 lead before the Mustangs put together a six-run fifth inning.
Reliever Ridge Christiansen and the Mustang defense then shut down Spirit Lake the final three innings for the 9-7 victory.
“”We had a couple really nice plays from our second baseman (Hagebock) in the seventh inning to get us out of a jam,” said A-R coach Ryan Luedtke.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, but the Indians bounced back in the third.
A pair of walks to Ryan Jennings and Mitch Peschon along with a Mustang error and wild pitch allowed the Indians to plate two runs and double gave Spirit Lake a 4-3 lead.
The Indians added to that lead when Ethan Carlson hit a bases-loaded triple to push the lead to 7-3.
A-R came back in the fifth inning.
Travis Hantelman started with a leadoff bunt single followed by a double from Tanner LaBore. A sacrifice fly to center by Craig Tigges scored the first run. Ridge christiansen followed with a double.
With two outs, Spencer Clausen drew a walk to load the bases. Dylan Moore hit a sharp grounder to third base with a run scoring on the error and everybody safe. Dylan Looft was hit by a pitch as another run walked across.
Consecutive RBI singles by Evan Hagebock and Hantelman gave A-R an 8-7 lead.
Spirit Lake coach Jason Schneider made then pulled freshman starter Paul Brown for Taylor Achton. A wild pitch allowed one more Mustang run before the Indians finally got out of the inning.
Christiansen relieved starter Clausen in the fifth and had a pair of good defensive plays the next three innings to help shut the Indians down.
The Indians loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, before A-R escaped with the win.
Clausen pitched four innings giving up five hits with four strikeouts, four walks and a hit batter.
Christiansen earned the win, giving up three hits with one strikeout and three walks.
At the plate, Clausen was 2-4 with a double, Christiansen was 2-4 with at triple and a double and Hantelman was 2-4. Tigges and Thackery both went 1-3 while Dylan Moore and Hagebock were 1-4.
For Spirit Lake, Derek Miner was 2-2 with three runs. Levi Davis was 2-4 with an RBI and Ethan Carlson was 1-4 with three RBI.
A-R (7-11) travels to Bode to take on Twin River Valley on Friday.
Spirit Lake is at Spencer today.