The Tigers’ tentativeness at the plate and a single rough inning in the field resulted in a 3-2 loss to Foley Thursday at Solheim Field. The Falcons scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning to gain the win.
John Jedneak started the game on the mound for PHS and began very strong, allowing only a single baserunner through four innings. After allowing a single with one out in the first, Jedneak struck out the next two Foley batters to end the frame and begin a string of eleven straight Falcons set down by the Tiger junior pitcher.
The Tigers were held off the scoreboard through four innings as well with Foley starter Teren Kampa wriggling his way out of several jams. Kampa set down the first four hitters in the PHS lineup before Riley Miller broke the ice with a line-drive single in the bottom of the second. Second baseman Dan Voce followed Miller’s single with a six pitch walk to give the Tigers two runners on base with just one out. However, Kampa would strike out the next two PHS batters to end the threat.
On the afternoon, Kampa threw a lot of strikes. However, the Tigers first swinging strike did not come until the 7th batter of the game (in the second inning). Three of the four strikeouts recorded by the Foley starter were on called strike threes.
The Tigers scratched a run across in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Jordan Bachmeyer led off with a bloop single that fell in between second base and centerfield. Zack Ludwig grounded into a fielder’s choice that advanced Bachmeyer to second, followed by a Dalton Mattson groundout that advanced Bachmeyer to third. Jake Anderson then ripped the first pitch he saw down the third base line to plate the game’s first run.
With Jedneak on a roll heading into the top of the fifth and the Falcons trailing 1-0, Foley did everything they could to get on base. Shortstop Cameron Jurek led off the inning with a perfectly placed bunt between Jedneak and the catcher Miller. The junior backstop fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to first baseman Mattson was not in time.
After a sacrifice bunt and a walk put runners on first and second with nobody out for Foley, first baseman James Dusharm took a 1-0 pitch through the right side to score Jurek and tie the game at one.
The Falcons would take the lead on a throwing error later in the inning, and add a third run on back-to-back two out singles.
The Tigers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bachmeyer and Ludwig led off the frame with back-to-back walks. After Bachmeyer was retired at third base on a Mattson groundout and with runners on the corners Ludwig stole home on a double steal to cut the Falcons lead to one. Anderson ended up stranded on third at the end of the fifth and the Tigers would get no closer to tying the game in the last two innings.