Tigers Hold On, Top Midland
Doane moved into Championship Saturday with a 5-4 victory over Midland University on Friday evening. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead but had to hold on in the ninth for the victory. The win leaves Doane as one of three teams left in the GPAC Tournament.
The Warriors threatened early in the game, leaving five runners stranded on base after two innings of play. A line-out to a diving AJ Spanel ended the second inning with the bases loaded.
Doane opened the scoring with a solo home run by Mike Korsakas as he kept it just inside the right field foul poll.
In the fifth, Doane plated three more runs. The inning opened with three singles to load the bases. Spanel and Mike Albert followed with sacrifice flies to give Doane a 3-0 lead. Anthony Dunn capped off the inning by flaring a single over the second baseman to plate another run.
The Warriors rallied late in the game. After knocking starter Tim Carlson out of the game in the fourth inning on a line-drive that hit the Tiger pitcher, Jake Bartek threw 2.1 innings before Midland threatened in the seventh.
After a hit by pitch, an error and a walk gave Midland runners at the corners and no outs, Britton Scheele replaced Bartek. The Warriors picked up a sacrifice fly, a triple and a single to score three runs. The tying run was stranded at second base as Ethan Schroeder gloved a hard-hit ball and fired to first to end the inning.
Doane got a run back in the bottom of the seventh as Anthony Hincy was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. On a failed pick-off attempt, Hincy moved from first to third. Mike Albert singled to score Hincy.
In the ninth, the Warriors threatened once again. Midland opened the inning with a walk and a single off of Mitch VandenBerge after a scoreless eighth inning. Chance Brull came in and induced a ground ball for a force out at second base. A balk by Brull brought in a run for the Warriors and moved the tying run into scoring position at second base. The Tiger pitcher rebounded to pick up a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
Bartek picked up the win with Brull finishing with a save after winning the game earlier in the day versus Morningside.
Doane finished with nine hits, two from Mike Albert and Schroeder. Albert added two RBIs while Hincy scored twice for the Tigers.
The Tigers will face Hastings in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon. The winner will face Midland in a rematch of a previous tournament game. Hastings lost to the Warriors while Doane's win kept the post-season dream alive.