A-R comes up one hit short
ARMSTRONG – It’s every baseball player’s dream opportunity.
Down by one run, the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and a full count.The hero is either the pitcher or the hitter. Unfortunately for Spencer Clausen, a called third strike ended the Mustangs’ night as Armstrong-Ringsted fell to Laurens-Marathon 9-8.
A-R coach Ryan Luedtke was still pleased with his team’s efforts, especially without two starters.
“We didn’t have our starting center fielder and third baseman, but we came out and played real hard,” Luedtke said.
The seesaw battle saw A-R trail 5-2 early.
The Mustangs retook the lead with a three run fifth inning as Jake Braddock drew walk, Tyler Tonderum reached on an error and Ethan Eisenbacher hit an RBI single. Tonderum scored when Clausen grounded out. Craig Tigges then went around the bases without a hit after drawing a walk, stealing second and then third and taking home on a passed ball for a 6-5 A-R lead.
The Chargers were helped by an A-R error in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.
A-R responded with three straight hits to start the bottom oft the inning including an RBI double by Brett Thackery. Two more runs scored on fielder’s choices as A-R led 8-6.
The Chargers charged back and a two-run home run in the top of the seventh put them on top before A-R set up the closing scenario.
A-R had just six hits on the night. Thackery was 2-2 with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Tigges was 1-1 with four stolen bases and two walks; Tonderum was 1-4 with two stolen bases, Dylan Looft was 1-4 and Ethan Eisenbacher was 1-5 with a stolen base.
Evan Hagebock pitched five innings in the no-decision. He gave up six runs on seven hits and gave up noe walks. Thackery closed out the game giving up three runs on two hits.
A-R (7-8) is on the road against Clay Central-Everly on Monday.