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Stellar pitching lifts Tiger baseball over Van Buren

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News | Jun 30, 2017

NEW LONDON — It was a true pitcher’s dual on Tuesday night as Van Buren’s Jacob Plecker battled with a trio of Tiger starters. Just five runs crossed the plate in an SEISC South Division game that New London pulled out, 4-1.

The game was scoreless through two innings as New London’s Britt Noel traded outs with Plecker on the mound. All the scoring happened in the third and fourth innings.

Van Buren struck first in the top of the third when a Caleb Stoltz grounder was bobbled by Tiger shortstop Isaac McSorley. A Warrior runner came in to score and it was 1-0 after two and a half innings.

McSorley instantly made up for the error by getting on base in the bottom of the third. Noel helped his own cause with an RBI single and Justin Henecke knocked one in on a double as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers were able to add a couple of insurance runs in the fourth inning on RBIs by Noel and Reno Chiri. The Warriors couldn’t stage a comeback and New London walked out with a three-run victory.

“I thought we played pretty well tonight,” said Van Buren head coach Chad Scott after the game. “Our pitcher made a few mistakes and they took advantage of it. I thought our defense played pretty well, we just couldn’t get the hits we needed.”

Noel finished 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Tigers. McSorley also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Noel picked up the win on the mound, going four innings and giving up one unearned run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one batter.

Sam Loyd threw two shutout innings. Chiri closed the game out with one shutout inning, striking out two batters in the process.

After the game, Tiger coach Brad Helmerson talked about his pitching staff, which gave up just one hit combined all night.

“Our guys have been doing it all year,” Helmerson said. “They just stay relaxed out there and get the job done.”

New London moved to 15-4 overall with the win. They’ll host Danville tonight (Wednesday), at 7 p.m.

Van Buren fell to 8-16 and will travel to Iowa Mennonite on Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

 

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