Panthers end Tigers year

Published 10:52 am Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Albert Lea baseball team lost both its games in the Class 3A Section 1 playoffs Saturday in Rochester to end its season.

The Tigers played Northfield in the first game of the double elimination tournament and lost 4-1 despite a strong effort from pitcher Colby Strillaeff.

Strillaeff gave up only one earned run in seven innings over work and allowed six hits.

Email newsletter signup

Albert Lea had the bases loaded at one point in the game, but failed to get more than one run to score.

Logan Kortan hit a sacrifice fly to plate the Tigers lone run.

Albert Lea coach Joe Sczublewski said his team hit the ball well and had a number of opportunities to cash in, but couldn&8217;t deliver when they needed.

Jared Matson hit a triple off the fence and Kortan&8217;s sacrifice fly would have a had a chance to get out of the park on a less windy day.

The Raiders went on to defeat Rochester Century, setting up a Big Nine matchup for the Tigers against the Panthers.

Century took it to Albert Lea with an 8-1 victory to end the postseason for the Tigers.

&8220;You can&8217;t win with one run,&8221; Sczublewski said. &8220;We had opportunities to do some damages.&8221;

Albert Lea continued the season-long trend of leaving too many runners on the bases and were unable to score runs.

The season did showcase the emerging talent of starting pitchers Strillaeff and Kortan who threw very well at times for the Tigers.