Baseball Tigers refuse to fold

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 28, 2002

OWATONNA &045; It wasn’t a pretty game by any means. In fact, it was pretty ugly.

But the outcome sure looked good to the Albert Lea High School baseball team, which very much needed a win.

The Tigers ended a recent skid Friday with a come-from-behind 10-9 triumph at Owatonna.

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&uot;It was kind of a ragged game,&uot; said ALHS coach Joe Sczublewski. &uot;But it counts as a win.&uot;

How ragged was it? The teams combined for 16 errors and 15 hits.

It was also an impressive comeback by the Tigers, who trailed 7-3 after three innings and 9-7 after four.

The Tigers tied it in the sixth on back-to-back doubles off the left field fence by Jay Link and Adam Highum, who eventually scored the game-winning run on a double play ball.

Highum had a big night, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Link was 2-for-2 with a double, triple and four runs scored. Isaac Walton drove in four runs, three on a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning. Zach Christenson also doubled. Adam Wacholz singled.

Highum picked up the pitching victory in relief, working 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He gave up two hits and one walk, striking out five.

Derek Goodnature started on the mound and, like his previous outing, didn’t get much defensive support. Five of the nine runs off him were unearned as he walked four and struck out two.

The defensive play of the game was by Walton, who in the third inning made a running catch in the right center field gap on a two-out, bases-loaded drive.

&uot;It would have been three runs at least,&uot; said Sczublewski. &uot;It was just a great running catch.&uot;

The Tigers, 3-5 in the Big Nine and 3-7 overall, face Owatonna again Tuesday at Hayek Field.

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