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Tigers dominate in home blowout

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon for a baseball game as Albert Lea hosted Fairmont in an attempt to win its second game in three days.

The Tigers would overcome a couple of early errors to dominate the Cardinals in five innings, 11-1.

The Tigers wasted no time scoring their first run of the game. Coming across the plate was junior Carson Goodell, who was batted in by a single from junior Carter Simon.

Three errors in two at-bats put the Tigers against the ropes as the Cardinals knotted the game at one run each.

It seemed as though those errors were going to haunt Albert Lea throughout the next two innings, as they were unable to get anything going  offensively.

That was until the fourth inning, when the Tigers turned the game around and scored a momentous seven runs.

Five Tigers recorded hits in the inning. Senior Alex Goodmanson reached on a single, followed by junior Ian Ball reaching on a bunt. Senior Garrett Grandstrand would get an RBI single, with sophomore Koby Hendrickson getting an RBI single of his own just a couple at-bats later. Senior Zach Edwards pushed two runs across the plate with a single and two errors by the Cardinals added two more runs to the total.

After a one-two-three defensive inning, Albert Lea ended the game early with three runs in the fifth.

The runs came from singles by Hendrickson, Simon and Goodmanson.

Junior Brock Hammer had a stellar night on the mound. Hammer pitched all five innings, striking out three batters, allowing no walks and no earned runs.

The Tigers climb to 2-6 this season and will be back in action Tuesday when they host Owatonna in a doubleheader.

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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