It was a rug pulled out from beneath kind of night for the A-D-M baseball as an early lead was not enough sending the Tigers home with a 7-6 loss.
The Tigers were on the road taking on conference foe Perry looking to even the season series after Perry defeated A-D-M earlier in the season back in Adel.
The game started out heavily in A-D-M’s favor and it all began in the very first inning. After Ethan Meyer roped a double for the team’s first hit of the game, Spencer Collins jumped on the second pitch he saw and sent it over the fence to give the Tigers and early 2-0 lead. A-D-M would flash some brilliance on the base paths taking advantage of a few Perry miscues and wild pitches to score three runs.
Getting out of the gate strong is something that Tiger head coach Jason Book talked earlier about improving and despite the outcome, Book saw a lot of improvement.
“We improved a lot with getting out early,” began Book. “We’ve changed up some things in pregame and we’ve come out with more intensity and we definately did that tonight.”
The Tigers certainly overcame what was a tough stretch for them since the end of may being outscored 20-5 in the first two innings of games up until Wednesday night.
That set up the Tigers with a nice 5-0 cushion but another aspect that has haunted the Tigers has been big, crooked innings by their opponents. Wednesday night, that would come in the form of a seven run fourth inning by Perry. Three walks and two hits helped Perry blow the doors wide open and what was a comfortable 5-0 lead for A-D-M vanished into a 7-5 deficit.
The Tigers would rally back as Nick Lindgren would cross the plate on one of nine Perry errors on the night to make the score 7-6 after five innings. Unfortunately from there, A-D-M would be unable to tie up the game and would head home with their seventh loss of the season.
Matthew West was back on the bump pitching for the Tigers and seemed to reedem his prior outing agianst the Blue Jays working just over three strong innings before falling into trouble. Coach Book talked about the strides his senior pitcher made in Tuesday night’s game.
“Matthew improved a bunch from the last time he went up against Perry,” said Book. “He was more focused and sharp with his pitches up until the end.”
Coach Book also talked about letting West work through some difficult stretches.
“He did give up three walks and a hit batter late but I wanted to see him battle through that and while more work needs to be done I thought he did a good job for the most part,” said Book.
West would be credited with the loss after six earned runs but did push across three strikeouts in the process.
The Tigers are now 5-7 on the season and will have a Herculean task ahead of them as they now welcome Class 3A’s fourth ranked Carlisle to town. The game will take place in Adel tonight with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m.