Tigers Beat CAL 4-3, Make 5th Straight Regional Final
It wasn’t supposed to be that close or that exciting, but what matters is that the Tigers are on to the next round.
The Tigers defeated the CAL Centurions 4-3 in walk off fashion at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was a game that saw a CAL team, who many expected to be simply another stepping stone en route to the state tournament, play extremely well. This game was close not because the Tigers underperformed but because the Centurions played out of their minds.
The Tigers started U of L commit JD Mundt, who worked through 5 innings allowing just three runs. Mundt did not have his best stuff, but he was able to battle and keep the Tigers close throughout the game. The defense helped JD out with two beautiful double plays including a 3-6-3 double play that was started by Josh Finerty to end the top of the third and a 9-3 double play that was started by Aaron Grammer’s sliding catch.
The Tigers were able to grind out 4 runs. Adam Elliott was responsible for 2 of them as he had an RBI double and scored the game winning run. Brandon Blaser and Nick Nelson also had RBIs in the victory over the Centurions.
The game was a well-played game from both teams that featured a heavy dose of small ball and some great pitching. The CAL pitcher threw the entire game and was magnificent and Cam Revelette worked his way through two innings of relief that kept the Tigers in position to win the game in their final at-bat.
When Finerty hit the ball to the shortstop, base runner Adam Elliott was booking it to third and when he saw that the ball had skipped over the CAL first baseman, and MLB draft prospect, Riley Thompson’s glove he sprinted as hard as he could towards home. When Elliott crossed the plate, the Tigers punched their ticket to their fifth straight regional championship game.
The Tigers will continue their pursuit of a second straight state championship against Ballard at 6:00 PM tonight at PRP.
Go Tigers! We Are!