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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team lost a tough 3-2 contest to the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers Monday afternoon at Berwind Park.
The Dutch took the early 1-0 first-inning lead. Hollidaysburg came back with two runs in the second inning to take the lead. The Tigers scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, while St. Marys scored a run in the home half of the seventh on a home run by Branden Tyger.
â€śThat was Branden Tygerâ€™s day today,â€ť said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. â€śHe threw an outstanding ball game and had a huge home run.
â€śThat was the best game we played all year. It was a great game that just didnâ€™t go our way. It was a good team effort.â€ť
â€śHollidaysburg is a good ball team that lost to Altoona in the finals of the Curve Classic Sunday,â€ť Azzato said. â€śI was pleased with how we played in game one of a very tough week. We have Altoona Thursday, who have no losses, and State College on Friday, whose only loss is to Altoona. We have to come tomorrow ready to practice and do what we have to do.â€ť
The Dutchmen had five hits in Mondayâ€™s game, led by Tygerâ€™s home run and a single. Justin Beimel, Quinn Cunningham and Jerri Newell all singled.
Branden Tyger went the distance on the mound for the Dutch, giving up six hits, walking five and striking out seven. Andy Crum started on the mound for the Tigers, going six innings and giving up four hits, walking five and striking out seven. Jordan McCall worked one inning of relief, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Hollidaysburg went down in order in the top of the first inning. In the home half of the inning, Robert Watts drew a walk to open the inning. With one out, Branden Tyger singled. Watts and courtesy runner Luke Schreiber moved up a base on a passed ball. With two outs, Brandon Vollmer walked to load the bases. Mitchell Meyer reached base on an error, scoring Watts as the Dutch led 1-0.
The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the second inning on two hits and an error to take the 2-1 lead. St. Marys went down in order in the home half of the second inning.
Each team left a runner stranded in the third inning. In the top of the fourth inning, Hollidaysburg threatened, but left the bases loaded. The Dutch went down in order in their half of the inning.
The fifth inning saw the Tigers go down in order, while the Dutchmen left the bases loaded.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Tigers scored a run on two hits to take a 3-1 lead. In the home half of the inning, the Dutch left a runner on base.
The top of the seventh saw Hollidaysburg go down in order. Branden Tyger homered to left center with two outs, making the final score 3-2 in favor of the Tigers.
St. Marys, now 2-4 on the season, will host Altoona on Thursday at Berwind Park beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Tanner Claar 2-0-1, Aaron Burger 4-0-0, Ian Ford 4-0-0, Andy Crum 3-0-0, Brian Urban 0-0-0, Jordan McCall 0-0-0, Jordan Baum 3-1-1, Brandon Gallagher 3-1-1, Ian Ford 2-1-1, Reid Miller 0-0-0, Chris Storm 2-0-1, Thayne Russell 3-0-2. Totals 26-3-6.
St. Marys 2
Robert Watts 2-1-0, Dalton Kline 3-0-0, Branden Tyger 4-1-2, Justin Beimel 2-0-0, Alexx Tyger 0-0-0, Mitchell Meyer 3-0-0, Quinn Cunningham 3-0-1, Jerri Newell 3-0-1, David Aul 0-0-0, Nick Burdick 2-0-0, Luke Schreiber 1-0-0. Totals 26-2-5.
Score by innings R
Tigers 020 001 0 3
Dutch 100 000 1 2