Revenge is Sweet for the Tigers
A week after Hastings swept Doane to end the regular season, the Tigers were able to get a little revenge with an 11-3 victory to advance to the championship game of the GPAC Tournament. Doane will face Midland in the championship.
Doane jumped on the board in the first inning with a run off a sacrifice fly by Anthony Dunn. AJ Spanel scored on the play after reaching by a hit by pitch.
In the third, Doane received a run by Anthony Hincy. Hincy singled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on an errant throw.
Hastings came back with two runs in the fourth off of starter Nathan Roth. One of the two runs was charged as an earned run.
The Broncos made a pitching change in the sixth following a lead-off double by Thomas Albert. Doane took full advantage and plated six runs in the inning. Dylan Flott gave Doane the lead as he reached on an error that scored Albert. Hincy singled to load the bases and Spanel followed with a single to move each runner up a base and score Ethan Schroeder.
The flood gates opened when Mike Albert laced a double to right center to clear the bases. Anthony Dunn closed out the scoring in the inning as he reached on an error that allowed Albert to score.
Doane added three runs in the eighth to take an 11-2 lead. Mike Albert tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Jason West. West eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Schroeder added an RBI ground out to plate Thomas Albert.
Hastings added a run in the bottom of the eighth but left the bases loaded following a strikeout and a fly out.
Britton Scheele picked up the win for the Tigers, throwing three hitless innings. Rolando Celis added two innings, giving up a run on four hits. Zach Klene threw the final inning, a scoreless frame.
The Tiger bats were hot, posting 18 hits. Doane scored 11 runs for the third straight day in the first game of the day. Mike Albert was 4-of-6, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. He had two runs scored and three RBIs. Hincy added four hits and two runs while West posted three hits.