Baseball Tigers take a walk on the wild side

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 15, 2001

It was an ideal day for a walk in the park.

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

It was an ideal day for a walk in the park.

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At the ballpark, the Albert Lea Tigers issued a few too many walks.

Two Tiger pitchers combined to walk 13 in a 10-8 nonconference loss to Fairmont at Hayek Field Monday.

&uot;It’s hard to win a game when you give up 13 walks,&uot; said Albert Lea coach Joe Sczublewski. &uot;Our pitching has to become a lot more consistent in order for us to be successful.&uot;

And it was the difference Monday.

&uot;If we had thrown the ball over the plate, we probably would have walked away with a win,&uot; said Sczublewski. &uot;It’s the most basic part of the game. You’ve got to throw it across.&uot;

The Tigers held an 8-7 lead until the fifth, when Fairmont scored twice, adding a run in the seventh. The Tigers were retired in order the final three innings.

Alan Attig was 2-for-3 and Adam Highum 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Albert Lea offense. David Dahl and Isaiah Parry also doubled and drove in a run apiece. Matt Bracker added a single.

Parry, a sophomore left-hander, pitched the final four innings and took the loss. He gave up three earned runs on five hits, with six walks and five strikeouts. Adam Hamberg started and went three-plus innings.

The Tigers, 5-8 overall and 4-7 in the Big Nine, return to conference play today with a 5 p.m. game against Rochester John Marshall at Hayek Field. The Tigers won the teams’ earlier meeting 10-7 at Rochester.

Fairmont 033 102 1 – 10 9 5

Albert Lea 113 300 0 – 8 7 4

LP – Isaiah Parry