The Tigers were shut out 7-0 by Zimmerman on Thursday, May 17 at Solheim Field. The Tigers got two hits in the game, one each by Zach Ludwig and Jordan Bachmeyer. PHS hurlers Luke Hallbeck and Dan Muench were charged with seven runs in the loss, but only two of the runs were earned.
Zimmerman used a five-run fifth inning to pull away from Princeton. With the win the Thunder and Tigers split their 2012 season series with each team winning on the road. PHS defeated Zimmerman 6-2 on April 24th.
The Tigers broke a two-game losing streak, in which they had managed a total of five hits, by shutting out Cambridge-Isanti 3-0 in game one of a doubleheader on May 18 at Solheim Field.
Zack Ludwig got the start for PHS and the righty was in control of the Bluejackets lineup from the beginning. The junior did not allow a runner to reach scoring position until Ryan Epsen led off the seventh inning with a double.
He also helped his own cause at the plate – with a little help from Louie Servaty. Ludwig walked and singled in going 2-3 on the night, but Servaty was the courtesy runner who came across the plate for a pair of runs as the result of Ludwig’s efforts.
After sitting down the ‘Jackets in order in the top of the first, Ludwig led off the Tigers’ half with a walk. Dalton Mattson moved him to second with a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt and left fielder Brennen Godeen scored Servaty with a double to give the Tigers the early lead.
Ludwig set down the first seven batters he faced and allowed only two singles through six innings pitched. A main component of his success on the evening was his ability to work ahead in the count.
“Coach really stresses getting ahead (of batters),” Ludwig said after the game. “Every batter wants to look at one or two to see what the pitcher’s got so it’s important to get that first one over.”
The Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to complete the game’s scoring. After a single by Ludwig, Mattson again put down a terrific bunt to advance courtesy runner Servaty to second base. After Godeen lined out to right field Tiger second baseman Dan Voce smacked a double to plate Servaty and make the score 2-0. Third baseman Dan Muench followed with an RBI single to give PHS a 3-0 lead that Ludwig and a very solid Tiger defense had no trouble holding.
“Hopefully, we keep playing well and keep on hitting,” Ludwig said. “It’s nice to have a game like this here at the end of the season.”
As the game ended the clouds moved in and lighting could be seen in the distance. As the field was being dressed for game two the weather turned sour and the tarps were placed on the field. The storm passed quickly, however, and the teams played game two. The Tigers fell 8-7 to the Bluejackets in game two, a polar opposite of the pitchers’ duel in game one.
After the split with Cambridge-Isanti the Tiger baseball team stood at 5-14 with one game remaining on the schedule before the postseason.