In this delayed and turbulent season, the Belle Plaine Tigers waited nine days since its season-opening victory against Green Isle before taking the field a second time.
The locals were ultimately disappointed against St. Peter on Friday, losing 4-3 at home in a second straight one-run decision.
Team Tigertown was set to entertain Arlington on Sunday night, June 28, but the game was postponed to a date yet to be determined.
The Tigers will try again tonight, Wednesday, July 1, traveling to Arlington for a 7:30 p.m. first pitch before taking off the rest of the Independence Day weekend.
A July logjam awaits, as our boys are hoping to play 11 league games in a 20-day span. What could go wrong?! Perhaps Gray Tigers manager Zip Zellmann will have to get his ol’ slingshot loose and sign a short-term contract to help out the squad.
St. Peter 4 @ Tigers 3
Friday, June 26
Friday night’s game was one for the history books. In the midst of a global pandemic, Belle Plainians still showed up in droves to support America’s favorite pastime. Due to the virus, many precautions were taken, such as social distancing and the selling of only prepackaged food and drink items at the concession stand.
The Tigers led 1-0 through three innings but the Saints broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with a pair of runs, including the game-winner. Pitching for the Tigers were Brody Curtiss, Jared Miller and Colton Kerkow.
Belle Plaine put up a fight and made several solid defensive plays, such as an out at home plate by dependable catcher Pat Schultz, who seems to get older – or more experienced – with each passing season. Just kidding, he’s still got it.
Throughout the ballgame, BP scraped together some runs but also hindered its cause by issuing a fair number of walks. Overall, it was not a bad game, but it is still early in this very unique season. The Tigers are taking it one game at a time and hope to be able to continue to safely play the sport they love for the rest of the summer.
TOWN TEAM BASEBALL SCHEDULE
* Denotes home games
*June 26, vs. St. Peter 4, BP 3
*June 28, vs. Arlington, 6 p.m. (postponed)
July 1, @ Arlington, 7:30 p.m.
*July 7, vs. Gaylord, 7:30 p.m.
July 10, @ Jordan, 7:30 p.m.
July 12, @ Le Sueur, 2 p.m.
July 14, @ St. Peter, 7:30 p.m.
*July 15 vs. Le Sueur, 7:30 p.m.
July 21, @ Gaylord, 7:30 p.m.
*July, 22 vs. Henderson, 7:30 p.m.
July 25, @ Henderson, 5 p.m.
*July 26 vs. Jordan, 6 p.m.