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Tigers lose a Heartbreaker


Written by: Bill Martin
Friday, April 29, 2005

The Detroit Tigers Rookie League team lost a heartbreaker Friday night at Wawa field, dropping a tough game to home team Avalon Tile, 16-15. In their first game ever under the lights, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, powered by a huge blasts from Louis Sarandoulis and lefty James DeLaurentis, who had strong outings for the Tigers. The lead quickly evaporated, and the Avalon team took a 4-3 lead into the second. But the Tigers quickly score 5 runs with no outs, being forced to leave the bases loaded by league rule to take an 8-4 lead. Alec Sozio and Griffin Foster lead the way for the Tigers in the big rally. But Avalon stormed back and took a 9-8 lead on good hitting and a few bounces that went against the Tigers in the field. The game then took a defensive turn, with neither team scoring in the third inning. The Tigers had a 1-2-3 inning in the third, with Billy Martin playing a ricochet and throwing out a runner from second base, and Ryan Simalchik beating the runner to the bag at first base on a hard grounder. The Tigers picked up 2 more runs in the top of the fourth, with Max and Michael Isles scoring with their typical aggressive base running. However, Avalon scored five more in the bottom of the fourth inning, and it looked bad for the Tigers going into the last inning. However, four straight hits by Foster, DeLaurentis, Simalchik and Matthew Canuso, who played well behind the plate and went 4-4 at the plate, gave the Tigers a chance. Hits by Martin and the Isles brothers left the Tigers down one, and with two outs and runners at the corners, Jake Askin ripped a single driving in the tying run. Louis Sarandoulis then drove a single to right, with Askin barely beating the play to second, giving the Tigers a 1-run lead. Unfortunately, Avalon scored 2 in the Bottom and stole the game away. The second of the back-to-back games for the Tigers will be this Saturday afternoon. Avalon Coach Joe Sullivan summed it up when he said: "This was a great baseball game. Both teams deserved to win. This was really fun."

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