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Tigers win in Resorters playoffs

The Miltona Tigers picked up a 6-2 win over Long Prairie on Sunday to stay alive in the Resorters East playoffs. The win for the Tigers came after they lost their opening round game against Clarissa, 4-3. It was the third one-run game between the...

The Miltona Tigers picked up a 6-2 win over Long Prairie on Sunday to stay alive in the Resorters East playoffs.

The win for the Tigers came after they lost their opening round game against Clarissa, 4-3. It was the third one-run game between these two teams this season.

Miltona responded to the loss by advancing with a well-played game the next day. The Tigers opened up the scoring with a lone run in the third inning. They then created some breathing room with a three-run fifth that made it a 5-0 game.

That was plenty of offense for starter Andrew Radjl. Radjl threw seven innings and allowed just two runs. Tim Vanderwerf threw the final two innings without allowing a run.

Derick Swenson led the offense with three hits. He also kept the Long Prairie running game at bay by throwing out two attempting to steal and another on a wild pitch. Mitch Kluver added two hits for Miltona, while Sam Steidl, Cody Curry, Radjl and Tyler Walsh added one hit apiece.

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The win against Long Prairie was needed to keep the Tigers' season alive after a tough loss to Clarissa on Saturday. The Flyers broke through with two unearned runs in the top of the third inning. They added another in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead before the Tigers rallied.

Jake Leuschke got Miltona on the board with a solo home run in the fifth. The Tigers completed the comeback with single runs in the sixth and seventh to make it a 3-3 game. Clarissa answered with what turned out to be the winning run on a seeing-eye single in the eighth.

Kluver led the Tigers with two hits. Swenson, Tom Steidl, Curry and Radjl each recorded a hit, as well.

Leuschke also started on the hill for Miltona and yielded three runs, one earned, in five innings of work. Keith Eckhoff allowed just one run in the final four innings.

Miltona will look to avoid elimination once again this Saturday when the Tigers host Urbank at Bernie Steidl Field. First pitch will take place around 1 p.m., shortly after the parade as part of the Miltona Tornado Days festival.

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