The Miltona Tigers split two games last weekend with a seven-inning, 12-1 win over Urbank after a disappointing loss to Clarissa last Saturday.
Keith Eckhoff made sure the Tigers’ loss to Clarissa would not carry over into Sunday’s match-up with the Bombers. Eckhoff threw seven strong innings to pick up the win. He allowed just three hits and walked no one in allowing the one earned run.
His offense wasted no time getting plenty of runs for him. The Tigers scored in every inning, while Eckhoff helped put the game away himself with two hits. Ryan Emter and Tyler Erickson also had two hits apiece. Derick Swenson, Sam Steidl, Jake Leuschke and Tyler Walsh each had a hit, as well.
The win was much needed to help the Tigers forget about a game on Saturday that saw them come back late only to fall in extra innings. Miltona trailed 6-2 heading into the eighth inning before rallying to tie the game.
Leuschke doubled to start the rally before Eckhoff, Mitch Kluver and Andrew McDaniel all followed with singles. All four came around to score with the game-tying hit being delivered by Swenson.
The 6-6 score would last until the top of the 10th when Miltona executed a double steal with two outs to score the go-ahead run. The Bombers got it back in the bottom of the inning when an infield single tied the game back up.
An inning later, Clarissa pushed another run across. This one was the game winner as the Bombers moved ahead of the Tigers for second place in the Resorters East standings. Both teams came into the contest with 8-2 records.
Swenson and Leuschke led the Miltona offense with three hits each. Eckhoff and Kluver added two, while Emter, Erickson and McDaniel each had one.
The Tigers have their bye week this weekend. They return to action on June 27 with a 7:30 first pitch at Long Prairie. They close out the regular season with a home game at Bernie Steidl field next Sunday in a rematch with Clarissa. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.