The Henderson Tigers town ball team broke its season-long losing streak when they earned a 6-0 play-in victory over Cleveland on Saturday, Aug. 1 to earn a spot in the Region 6C Tournament that starts today.
As the victors, the Tigers will be playing Eagle Lake at Waterville, beginning at 6 p.m. The winner of today’s game will advance to play the winner of the Gaylord vs. Blue Earth game next Saturday at the high seed, time TBD.
The Tigers had no problem making quick work of the Cleveland Spiders, earning easy 1-2-3 batter outs in six of the nine innings and giving up three hits.
Meanwhile, the Tigers used 13 of their own hits to plate six runs in the pivotal playoff matchup.
The Tigers got on the board early in the first, when leadoff batter John Parker singled and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Phil Wessberg a batter later.
The Tigers tallied two more runs in the second, when Jesse Kaelberer singled, Adam Arnst doubled, and a double from Wessberg plated Kaelberer and Arnst.
The Tigers also recorded single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to earn the win. Phil Champagne singled in the third and managed to score at home, despite the next three batters getting out. In the fourth, Parker doubled and made it home on a double from Wessberg, while in the fifth Champagne doubled and scored on a double from Hunter Stearns.
Seven Tigers players recorded hits in the victory. John Parker had a single and a double, Wessberg had two doubles and four RBIs, Glenn Parker had a single, Champagne had a single and a double, Stearns had a single, two doubles and an RBI, Kaelberer hit two singles, and Arnst hit a double.