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Mustangs prevail over Indians

By Staff | Jul 1, 2009

Armstrong-Ringsted first baseman Brett Thackery makes the stretch to get the out on Spirit Lake’s Jordan Gayer during play Tuesday. EDN photo sby David Swartz

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.

Spirit Lake catcher Jordan Gayer makes the catch on an infield pop up with pitcher Paul Brown backing up the play.

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.

A-R second baseman Evan Hagebock fires to first for an easy out early in Tuesday’s game.

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.