Missed opportunities led to the end of Madrid’s baseball season.


The Tigers fell to IKM of Manning 4-3 Tuesday night in a Class 1-A District opener, after squandering a series of scoring opportunities.


IKM tallied its first run in the first inning, aided by a Madrid defensive gaffe, and added a three-run homer in the fourth.


The Tigers, meanwhile, developed a bad habit of hitting ball near the IKM pitcher and did not get a run on the board until the fifth inning.


“Easy outs,” Madrid coach Jim Janovick said. “We didn’t make anybody else make plays.”


When the Tigers did seem poised to strike – getting runners at first and third with one out, and the top of the order due up – IKM used a pickoff play to kill that momentum.


“We had chances to score,” Janovick said, “but we didn’t come through with the big hit.


“That’s probably the main thing tonight.”


Madrid finished the season with a 14-11 record.


“We had a good year,” Janovick said, “and beat some good teams along the way.”