The No. 2-seeded Tigers started their playoff push on the right foot Monday, July 29, dismissing the 13-60 League’s No. 8 seed, the Janesville Jays, with a 9-2 triumph at Tiger Park. Originally scheduled for Sunday evening, rain resulted in a one-day delay.

The challenge increases this weekend, as the 13-60’s No. 3 seed, St. Clair, comes to town for a 6 p.m. contest on Saturday,  August 3. The Wood Ducks won in convincing fashion last weekend, compiling 14 hits in a 14-4 romp over Le Sueur.

Win or lose, Belle Plaine will play again on Sunday, August 4. With a victory, the Tigers will either travel to Waterville – which has won its last 28 games in a row – or host St. Peter. The game time is tentatively set for 2 p.m., but due to an umpire shortage, please check our social media channels (bptigertown.com or BPTigertown on Facebook and Twitter) for confirmation.

With a loss on Saturday, Team Tigertown will host either Minnesota Lake or Fairfax in the losers’ bracket play on Sunday, needing four wins to make it to the state tournament. Only two more wins are needed through the winners’ bracket, and a pair of victories this weekend would secure a state tourney berth.

Baseball is best when it’s all on the line! Come out to Tiger Park this weekend and cheer on the boys, who are seeking the team’s 10th state tournament appearance in the last 13 seasons (since 2007).

July 23:Dassel-Cokato 1, BP 7

There’s nothing the fans appreciate more than a fundamentally-sound victory – right?! – and that’s just what the locals gave the home fans on Fan Appreciation Night, along with numerous giveaways where almost everyone came away a winner.

Brody Curtiss started on the hill in the regular-season finale, working two scoreless innings. Nathan Herman went three innings and allowed Dassel’s only run, while Josh Terrio and Jared Miller each chucked a pair of scoreless frames.

Seven Tigers collected a hit, with Carsen Ladd the only one to get two – along with a team-high three runs scored. Curtiss had the Tigers’ only extra-base hit, a triple.

July 29: Janesville 2, BP 9

Playoff baseball is a different animal, even when that animal is an eight-seeded bird. The Tigers’ 17-8 overall record meant nothing once the first pitch was thrown, and the boys looked a little jittery at the beginning, as Janesville grabbed a run in the top of the first inning against Herman.

The playoff knife cuts both ways, however, and a pair of Janesville errors contributed to Belle Plaine getting a run back in the bottom of the first. After a 1-2-3 second inning by Herman, the Tigers sent eight men to the plate in the bottom of the frame, scoring three times behind Derek Dahlke’s key two-run, two-out single up the middle.

A leadoff walk led to another Jays’ run in the third, but Herman stranded runners at second and third bases with one out after a fly out and a strikeout. It was a sign of things to come for both teams, as even though El Tigre finished with nine runs, it left 14 men on base for the game.

The Jays threatened a few more times – including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh after consecutive punch-outs by reliever Wes Sarsland – but they did not score again. The Tigers, meanwhile, kept after the visitors, getting three runs in the fifth and single tallies in the sixth and eighth innings.

Tyler O’Brien had six plate appearances, reaching five times thanks to a single, a double and three walks. He drove in two. Josh Terrio entered the game with three doubles this season but lashed consecutive two-baggers in the third and fifth innings. Carsen Ladd, Curtiss and Pat Schultz also enjoyed a multiple-hit game.

Herman struck out six batters over five innings and picked up the win, allowing both runs. Sarsland piled up five strikeouts over three innings, while Derek Dahlke closed it down with a scoreless ninth.

TOWN TEAM BASEBALL SCHEDULE

11-4 in league play

18-8 overall

# = non-league game and/or doesn’t count towards

RVL ‘C’ Standings

L    Friday, May 3     

#Carver Black Sox 13, BP 2

W   Sunday, May 5     

Le Sueur Braves 3, BP 8

W   Friday, May 10    

#Hamburg Hawks 2, BP 4

W   Saturday, May 11    

#Webster Sox 0, BP 8

L    Friday, May 17     

Gaylord Islanders 9, BP 7

W   Friday, May 24    

Henderson Tigers 1, BP 7

L   Wednesday, May 29

Arlington 5, BP 4

W   Friday, May 31    

St. Peter 1, BP 9

W  Sunday, June 2     

Gaylord 2, BP 4

W  Friday, June 7     

Minn. Lake Royals 2, BP 12

L   Saturday, June 8

Hamburg 6, BP 5

W  Wednesday, June 12

Lonsdale Aces 9,, BP 11

W  Friday, June 14    

Fairfax Cardinals, BP 8

W  Sunday, June 16     

Henderson Tigers 1, BP 16

L / W / W   June 22-23

Farming Invitational    

#Farming 4, BP 0     

#Winsted 1, BP 2

#Sartell 6, BP 13

L  Tuesday, June 25

Jordan Brewers 9, BP 2

Friday, June 28    

Belle Plaine Tiger Alumni

Brent Meyer Memorial /

Tiger Alumni Night in BP

W  Sunday, June 30

Arlington A’s 3, BP 5

W  Tuesday, July 2     

Fairfax 4, BP 14

W  Wednesday, July 10

St. Peter Saints 0, BP 2

W  Friday, July 12    

Le Sueur Braves 1, BP 16

L   Sunday, July 14

Jordan Brewers 3, BP 2

L   Wednesday, July 17    

#Waconia Lakers 10, BP 0

Tuesday, July 23    

W  # Dassel-Cokato 1, BP 7

REGION  6C  PLAYOFFS

Monday, July 29

W  Janesville 2, BP 9

Saturday, August 3

St. Clair - Tiger Park - 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 4

TBD

CLASS‘C’STATE TOURNEY

(Maple Lake–Delano–Dassel)

Aug. 16-18, 23-25, 30-Sept. 2

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