By Kayleigh Rahn
Monday, April 23
Tuscola-15; Central A&M-2
Quality offense led to a big win over Central A&M on Monday, April 23.
“After the disappointment of not getting to play at Busch Stadium yesterday, I thought the guys came out in a rather business-like manner and easily handled an over matched opponent,” Hoel said. “This was one of those games that could have been a trap. We no hit Central A&M the last two times we’ve played them.”
These factors could have culminated in disappointed, but the boys in black and gold were prepared to play,
Tuscola pounded out 12 hits
Lucas Kresin had a night with five quality at bats resulting in a base hit, three walks, and a hit by a pitch resulting in four runs.
“That is the kind of effort we need to make a deep post-season run,” Hoel said.
Andrew Erickson put together a several hard hits with Dalton Hoel and Kresin in scoring position, while Brayden VonLanken notched a homerun, and Tyler Meinhold tallied two base hits. Haden Cothron works his way out of a rut with two hard hits to the right side, Hoel added.
“Up and down the line-up I thought we had quality at bats,” Hoel said. “We did not see the type of pitching we will see in the postseason, but I thought we adjusted well and overall put real good swings on the ball.”
Erickson went 3 1/3 from the bump for the Warriors striking out eight and allowing four hits and one walk.
“He did a terrific job being efficient on the mound, and we were able to get him out with under 45 pitches thrown,” Hoel said, hoping to send Erickson back to mound later in the week.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, May 2 edition of The Tuscola Journal.