Albert Lea splits DH with Century

Published 3:41am Friday, May 17, 2013

The Albert Lea baseball team shattered a six-game losing streak Thursday in game two of a doubleheader at Rochester Century. The Tigers lost game one 7-6, but they rebounded to win game two 5-2.

The game one loss was Albert Lea’s third straight one-run loss. The Panthers jumped out to a three-run lead, but the Tigers exploded offensively in the top of the sixth inning by scoring six runs.

“It was our biggest inning of the year,” Albert Lea head coach Joe Sczublewski said.

After four singles to start the inning, Makael Lunning earned a two-RBI double.

“He’s been swinging the bat well all year,” Sczublewski said. “He’s been solid both at the plate and in the field.”

However, Rochester Century tied the game at six in the bottom of the sixth and won by one run by scoring in the eighth inning.

Lucas Hansen pitched for the Tigers. He struck out seven batters and allowed five walks.

In game two, the teams switched roles. This time, Albert Lea earned a three run lead, and the Panthers never recovered.

“It was nice to see our kids come back in the second game,” Sczublewski said. “After those one-run losses, they kept battling through it.”

Chris Enderson earned the pitching win for the Tigers. He struck out two batters and allowed four hits in five innings.

“Enderson pitched a nice game for us,” Sczublewski said. “He worked through several tough situations. We stranded 10 Century runners.”