BP 6, Sibley East 2
On June 10, the Belle Plaine Legion team opened their season with a win over Sibley East. Taking the mound for the Tigers and picking up right where he left off from the high school season, Derek Hoffman carved his way through the order. He finished the day with six innings pitched, giving up just two runs on three hits while striking out nine batters and walking one.
The Tigers were able to get across six runs while tallying 11 hits. Luke Luskey led the way by going 4-4; Cole Brown and Jack Kruger also had a multi-hit game.
Sibley East 7, BP 6
Game two was a different story for the Tigers, while some walks and errors led to Sibley East scoring some runs while only collecting two total hits.
Tigers entered the bottom half of the last inning and tallied four runs to make it a one run game. The winning run was on base and they had a chance to win, but Sibley East made a good play with two outs to end the rally and end the game.
Garrett Boblitt took the loss on the mound, as he gave up three runs while giving up just one hit and striking out four batters.
Offensively, Colton Kerkow led the way, going 3-4 while driving in a run. Derek Hoffman, Luke Luskey and Dylan Kahle all had hits and RBI in the game.
Le Sueur 6, BP 1
The Le Sueur Giants came to town and scored early and often in game one and was able to better the Tigers 6-1. The Giants’ pitcher seemed to be too much as he struck out eight batters and only gave up one run.
Derek Hoffman took the mound again for the Tigers. After a rough first inning, where he gave up four runs (3 earned), he was able to settle down and gave the Tigers a chance for a comeback that never took place. He lasted five innings, giving up nine hits and four runs and striking out two hitters.
Offensively, Luke Luskey, Colton Kerkow, Garrett Boblitt, and Dylan Kahle all had a hit apiece to lead the Tigers. Boblitt drove in the lone Tiger run.
BP 5, Le Sueur 4
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings, but that didn’t slow down Le Sueur as they were able to answer back with four runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to tie things up. The Tigers then scored a run in the top of the 6th inning to grab the lead, and it proved to be enough as the Tigers were able to slam the door shut to hold on for the win.
Colton Kerkow got the start on the mound and was dealing through the first three innings. In the 4th inning, things got a little shaky after a couple of errors led to a longer inning. He ended his day with four innings pitched, giving up eight hits, allowing four runs with only two of those being earned, and striking out five Le Sueur batters.
Jack Kruger came in for the 5th inning and had an electric relief appearance to get the win. He went two innings, gave up two hits, and of the six outs he recorded, five of them were strikeouts.
The Tigers put up five runs on seven total hits. Luke Luskey, Derek Hoffmann, Kruger, and Kerkow each had a hit and drove in a run. Cade Morrison, Noah Schumacher, and Garrett Boblitt collected the other hits for the Tigers.
New Prague 5, BP 1
The Tigers opened up the Todd Oakes Memorial Tournament in New Prague against the new state runner up, New Prague, and played a tough game which New Prague eventually ran away with at the end.
Garrett Boblitt took the mound and was able to give the Tigers five very strong innings. While only allowing three hits and three walks, he struck out three but gave up two unearned runs.
The Tigers were able to answer back with a run in the top of the 6th after a Dylan Kahle double which led to him scoring on a passed ball.
Derek Hoffman pitched the final inning of the game. The Tigers were led offensively by Kahle, Colton Kerkow and Noah Schumacher.
BP 6, Pine Island 4
After the loss against New Prague, the Tigers were back in action in the tournament on the consolation side of things, facing off against Pine Island.
The Tigers got a very strong start from Jack Kruger who went five innings, giving up two runs and striking out three. Though Pine Island scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th, Dylan Kahle was able to settle down and secure the two-inning save for the Tigers, also securing their spot in the consolation championship Saturday night.
Offensively, numerous Tigers had hits but none as big as Colton Kerkow’s home run, which sparked the offense for the day; he also had another single to go with his dinger.
Other Tigers contributing offensively included Dylan Kahle with two hits; Noah Schumacher, Garrett Boblitt, Jack Kruger, Cole Brown, Tucker Schultz. and Keaton Nordby all collected a hit apiece.
BP 15, Faribault 6
The Tigers’ offense exploded for 15 runs on 20 hits to defeat Faribault and earn the consolation championship at the Todd Oakes Memorial Tournament.
A lot of different guys contributed to the success on offense with multi-hit games. Leading the Tigers offensively was Cade Morrison who collected four hits on the night while driving in five runs to spark the Tigers. Garrett Boblitt collected three hits; Cole Brown, Derek Hoffman, Jack Kruger, and Noah Schumacher all had two hit games. Tucker Schultz and Mikkel Schmidt also collected a hit a piece.
Another highlight came from Dylan Kahle who also had two hits on the night with one of them being a homerun in the 5th inning.
On the mound, Keaton Nordy pitched five innings while giving up four hits and two earned runs and striking out four. Mikkel Schmidt finished off the game by pitching the final two innings.
The Tigers’ game against Waterville was canceled and will be made up on July 10.
Tigers Remaining Schedule
-July 8 in Norwood at 7 p.m.
-July 10 in Waterville (DH) at 6 p.m
- July 14 vs. Jordan (TBD) Belle Plaine day of baseball