The Belle Plaine Tigers fought past Fairfax last Tuesday, July 2, with a 10-run victory, giving them an 8-3 record in River Valley League play and a 14-6 mark overall. Last night, July 9, our striped warriors ventured to St. Peter; check bptigertown.com or twitter.com/bptigertown for the result and highlights.

Entering play yesterday, the Tigers trailed the Jordan Brewers (10-1) by two games in the RVL Central standings. Although our lads lost to the Brew Crew on June 25, the Tigers still have hopes of claiming the league crown – and it could come down to the finale of Sunday’s four “Day of Baseball” games when Jordan faces Belle Plaine.

Before then, the Tigers will head to Le Sueur on Friday to take on the Braves at 7:30 p.m. The Braves are 4-5 in RVL play, with Gaylord also above them in the standings, at 6-3. Henderson (4-6), St. Peter (2-3), Arlington (2-7), and Fairfax (1-9) round out the bottom half of the league standings.

Sunday’s Day of Baseball begins at 10:30 a.m. – the first of four Belle Plaine versus Jordan contests. The Junior Legion Tigers are up first, followed by the Legion Tigers at 12:30 p.m. Zip Zellmann’s Gray Tigers will square off against the Jordan Alers at 3 p.m., with the Tiger and Brewer town teams capping the day at 6 p.m. If you can’t make it to Tiger Park, tune in the game on KCHK Radio – 95.5 FM/1350 AM, or via their website or smartphone app.   

Coborn’s is sponsoring Sunday’s games and will be collecting donations on behalf of the Belle Plaine Food Shelf. All patrons that bring canned goods and/or non-perishable food items will be entered in a drawing for a Coborn’s gift card.

July 2: Fairfax 4, BP 14

Although Don Zimmerman’s favorite ball team, the Fairfax Cardinals, came in with a subpar league record, the Birds had the Tigers’ attention early on when long-time veteran Scott Palmer slugged a no-doubt-about-it home run over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead after a half-inning of play.

The cleanup hitter for Belle Plaine responded in kind in the bottom of the first, as Jake Mercado’s three-run circuit clout – his second tater of the season – put the Tiger faithful back at ease.

The Palmer home run was the only blemish for Tiger starter Nathan Herman, who worked five innings to pick up the victory and move to 3-0 on the season. The right-hander allowed three hits and one walk while punching out six.

Our heroes peppered the visitors by scoring in five of their seven at-bats, including a three-spot in the seventh inning to incur the 10-run rule and send the fans home both early and happy.

Mercado finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI while also looking dominant on the mound, closing out the Cardinals by notching all five of his outs via strikeout, allowing no runs and just a hit over 1.2 innings.

Derek Dahlke also homered for BP, his second straight game with a long ball. Lots of Tiger hitters also deserve mention, including Chase Emmers (one hit, two walks, three RBI) and Clayton Meyer (two hits, a walk, two RBI), while Jared Miller and Pat Schultz posted multi-hit efforts.

TOWN TEAM BASEBALL SCHEDULE

8-3 in league play

14-6 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

Tuesday, July 9

St. Peter Saints

St. Peter - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12    

Le Sueur Braves

Le Sueur - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 14

Jordan Brewers

Day of Baseball /

Belle Plaine - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17    

Waconia Lakers #

Waconia - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23    

Dassel-Cokato Saints #

Fan Appreciation Night

(free prizes every inning)    

Belle Plaine - 7:30 p.m.

REGION 6C PLAYOFFS

July 27-28, Aug. 3-4, 10-11

CLASS‘C’STATE TOURNEY

(Maple Lake–Delano–Dassel)

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

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