Tigers end game on double play

Published 9:07 am Friday, April 13, 2012

Makael Lunning rounds third base in the fourth inning against Mankato East on Thursday. -- Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

The Albert Lea baseball team beat Mankato East on Thursday 4-1.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

They didn’t allow the Cougars to score until the fourth inning.

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Tigers coach Joe Sczublewski said Cody Haaland has been a great leader for the team from the pitching mound.

“He has good poise and command of all his pitches,” Sczublewski said. “That’s big for this time of year.”

No other runs were scored from either team until the sixth inning when Makael Lunning sent a ball flying over the left field fence.

“We threatened, but they kept making solid plays that took us out of innings,” Sczublewski said. “It was a well-played game on both sides.”

Sczublewski said the Tigers ended the game on a “beautiful double play.”

The Cougars had two on base with one out. Up to bat for Mankato East was what Sczublewski called a threatening clean-up hitter.

It turned out good for the Tigers, though.

“We turned a beautiful 5-4-3 double play from Lucas Hansen to Jonathan Fleek to Tyler Enderson,” Sczublewski said.

After beating Mankato East, the Tigers are 2-1 for the season.

Their next game is Tuesday at home against Mankato West. The game will start at 5 p.m.