The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers’ baseball team are coming back from a rough 2015-2016 season in which they ended with a 3-29 record. The Tigers currently have a 10-5 record this year and are look forward to the rest of the year.
“The team is more experienced this year,” said Tiger coach Jason Book, “really because they got to play the majority of the season last year, so the game is a little bit slower for them and it just comes a little bit easier for them this year than it did last year. They really bond well together, they ‘gel’, and they do a good job of picking each other up.”
The Tigers took on conference rivals, the Perry Bluejays, on June 14. With a 15-3 loss to the Bluejays, the Tigers are falling on a three-game losing streak.
“We got off to a really go start, we’ve hit a little bump here the last few games, but we’ll get through it and start winning some games again,” Book said. “We’re just not doing a very good job playing the game, much less the opponent right now.”
The Tigers started the game out strong getting three out of four batters out, only allowing one to make it to base.
Kade Overton and Jack O’Brien kicked off the bottom of the first inning with two doubles, giving the Tigers their first run of the game.
Nick Lindgren was up to bat next, he hit a single and moved O’Brien to third base. Nick Dufoe batted next, his hit went to first for the Tigers’ first out of the game, but his hit didn’t stop O’Brien from running home and scoring.
When Logan Crannell was walked to base, Brett Duroe (runner for Lindgren) was moved to second base. Another out for the Tigers and Trey Volz was up to bat.
While Volz was up, Duroe was leading off second and Bluejays’ pitcher Kyle Nevitt threw back to second base. Nevitt overthrew the base and Duroe and Crannell both stole two bases. Duroe was able to steal third and make it back home to score the third run while Crannell made it to third base.
Unfortunately, Crannell wasn’t able to score when Nevitt struck out Volz. The first inning ended 3-0 with the Tigers leading.
The Bluejays started scoring during the second inning. After two outs, two singles and walk to base the bases were loaded for the Bluejays. The Bluejays scored their first run of the game when Kaleb Olejniczak was hit by a pitch allowing Austin Carpenter to walk home. The Bluejays switched to defense after Nevitt was thrown out at first base.
The Tigers started the second inning with two strikeouts, Overton was walked to base after four balls. O’Brien was up to bat again, he hit a single which allowed Overton to not only go to second but steal third. Unfortunately the Tigers weren’t able to score as Lindgren’s hit was caught for the third out.
Neither the Tigers or the Bluejays were able to score in the third inning.
Once again, the Bluejays were the ones to score in the fourth inning. Aaron Lockwood started the inning with a single and stole second base while Justin Stammer was up to bat.
Stammer wasn’t able to make it to base, but Olejniczak followed with a single which allowed Lockwood to take third. Both Bluejays stole a base, which allowed Lockwood to score and put the score at 3-2. Two more hits, and Olejniczak made it back home, tying up the score.
The Tigers started the inning by having a batter being thrown out at first base, but it looked as though it would pick up after Jacob Kenny and Overton were walked to base back-to-back.
O’Brien tried loading the bases with another single, but unfortunately, Kenny was thrown out at third base for the second out of the inning. The third out came immediately after with a strikeout. The inning ended 3-3.
The Bluejays dominated the fifth inning with seven runs. Brandon Kenyon, Carpenter, Stammer, Olejniczak, Kato Dougan, Puente and Adan Medina were the seven to score during the inning.
The Bluejays were up seven runs when the Tigers finally were up to bat. Of the four batters, the only Tiger to get a hit in was Dufoe. The Tigers trailed 10-3.
The game ended in the sixth inning when the Tigers weren’t able to score and the Bluejays scored five more runs. The game ended with a 15-3 Tiger loss.
“I thought it was a game we should win,” said Book, “I still think it was a game we should have won. We kind of let it get away a little bit there in the middle innings and we just couldn’t find a way to battle back and get back into the game. Just couldn’t get any hits when we need them, and sometimes that’s just what happens.”
Coach Book is still optimistic about the rest of the Tigers’ season.
“I think that we’re going to go on a run here and ride a lot, you know, five or six games in a row and really just start building for postseason play and start getting guys kind of in pitching rotation, getting them in line and we’ll just get a lot more consistent.”
The Tigers will be playing Carlisle tonight, June 15, at 6:00 p.m.