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Thursday, June 23
SCHULTE BRILLIANT IN 2-HIT SHUTOUT OF GENERALS

Albion starter Bryant Schulte frustrated Fort Atkinson batters all night, inducing groundball after groundball as he led his Tigers to a 4-0 victory in HTL Eastern Section Night League in Albion on Thursday.  The lefty took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, when Clayton Ehrke ruined the bid with a clean single.  The only other hit was a harmless two-out double in the 7th, right before Schulte got yet another goundball to shortstop Brennan Deegan to seal the win.  The victory improves the Tigers to 3-2 in Night League play.

Schulte's 7-inning complete game shutout of the Generals featured 17 of the 21 outs via the groundout, with a perfect Albion defense behind him doing their part.  Around the infield Ryan Phelps, Deegan, Jake Zeimet, and Jake Taylor made play ofter play in support of their pitcher, while both Schulte and battery-mate Austin Mades each recorded an out on tough plays as well.

The Tiger bats gave Schulte a lead to work with, starting in the 2nd inning.  Consecutive singles by Sam Martin and Deegan set the stage for Cole Demrow's RBI single to plate Martin and give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.  

Schulte walked to lead off the 3rd, advanced on Mades' single, and scored on Zeimet's 2-out RBI single to increase the Tigers' advantage.

The Tigers grabbed two more insurance runs in the 6th when Kyle Johnson's pinch-hit single scored Tyler Oren, who also had came off the bench and singled.  Johnson scored when Cameren Wileman shot a basehit into centerfield to give Schulte more than enough insurance.

***Sunday, June 26 - Clinton Orioles vs. Albion Tigers @ Albion Park - 1:00 PM***  

***Friday, July 1 - Albion Tigers @ Lake Mills Grays - 7:00 PM***

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TIGERS OUTLAST BLUE DEVILS, WIN 6-4 IN 12 INNINGS  --  The Albion Tigers played a little longer than normal on Sunday in Jefferson, but in the end walked away with a victory against the host Blue Devils on Father's Day afternoon.  A late Jefferson rally tied the game in the ninth inning to force extra frames, but the Tigers came out on top with a 6-4 win in 12 innings.  The win improves Albion to 7-2 in the West Division of the Southeast Section, one full game ahead of both McFarland and Utica.

Starter Lucas Gregory had another brilliant outing for the Tigers, tossing seven innings and yielding just one unearned run.  The left-hander, in his second season with Albion, struckout seven and walked just two.

Albion got on the board early when Adam Gregory's bat supported his brother's work on the mound when he crushed a 2-RBI double to right-centerfield to score Kris Agnew and Tyler Oren.  Adam Gregory finished 3x5 on the day.

After the unearned Jefferson run in the fifth inning, Albion pushed the lead to 4-1 with RBI singles in the sixth inning by Lucas Gregory and Evan Deegan.  But Albion made all three outs in the sixth inning on the bases, and those missed opportunities nearly came back to burn the Tigers.

Jefferson rallied for one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth off reliever Jake Zeimet to tie the game at four apiece and send it to extra innings.  And Jefferson appeared to have won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, when it looked as if Bowe Bushey had singled to seal a walkoff victory with Christian Ott trotting home from third base.  But Albion centerfielder Aaron Laskowski's 2-out diving catch robbed Bushey of a game-winner and gave the Tigers another chance.

After a leadoff single by DH Austin Mades started the 12th for Albion, the speedy Cameren Wileman came on to run for him.  A sacrifice bunt by Lars Olstad moved Wileman into scoring position, and the Blue Devils elected to walk reigning Section MVP Laskowski to pitch to Agnew.  But the veteran firstbaseman made them pay by driving the first pitch over the head of Jefferson centerfielder Michael Huckabay to score Wileman with the go-ahead run.  Oren then drove home Laskowski on a sacrifice fly for an insurance run.

Zeimet retired the Blue Devils in order in the bottom of the 12th to earn his second win in his rookie campaign.

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TIGERS MAKE QUICK WORK OF GRAYS IN NIGHT LEAGUE WIN  --  In a contest that lasted only 75 minutes on Thursday night, the Albion Tigers topped the visiting Lake Mills Grays 3-2 in Eastern Section HTL Night League action.  The win improves the Tigers to 2-1 in Night League play, and 8-2 overall.

Though the Tigers mustered only three hits against the Grays, solid pitching and defense paved the way to the Albion victory.  Starter Bryant Schulte hurled his second consecutive impressive outing, earning the win while allowing just one run on three hits in five innings of work.  The left-hander struck out three and walked just one.  Last week, Schulte gave up just one run in eight innings to Waterloo.

Mike Nanstad earned his second save in as many appearances, striking out five in two innings of work.  Nanstad fanned Grays' left-fielder Matt Gullixson with the bases loaded to end the game.

Albion grabbed an early lead, when rookie first-baseman Jake Zeimet roped a 2-out RBI single in the first inning to score Lars Olstad.  Tiger centerfielder Cameren Wileman provided instant offense in the second when he bunted for a hit, stole second, stole third, and scored when Grays' catcher Jared Eichorst made an errant throw into leftfield.  Also in the second inning, Ryan Phelps scored what turned out to be the winning run when Schulte reached on a 2-out throwing error.

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GREGORY NO-HITS CAMBRIDGE TO PUSH ALBION INTO FIRST -- Lucas Gregory fired a no-hitter against the Cambridge Blues on Sunday, striking out ten and walking only two in a game that lasted just seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.  Gregory's performance not only gave his Tigers their sixth consecutive win since a one-run Opening Day loss at McFarland, it vaults Albion into sole possession of first place in the West Division of the Southeast Section, improving the Tigers to 6-1 on the season.

Sunday marked Gregory's second no-hitter in just his fifth start as a Tiger.  The other was also an abbreviated game, when Gregory no-hit Deerfield in a 16-0 victory on August 8, 2015.

Albion's bats gave Gregory more than enough support for the win, but his no-hitter was kept intact by a couple favors from his outfield teammates.  Tiger centerfielder Aaron Laskowski's diving catch robbed a hit from Cambridge's Kodi Porter to end the fifth inning.  An inning later, Laskowski's theatrics were outdone by rightfielder Cameren Wileman, when his full-extension diving catch stole a hit from Dennis Aleckson to end the sixth.

The Tigers offense wasted no time getting started on a windy day at Utica Park.  Josh Eastman's RBI single in the first inning scored Laskowski, and Kyle Johnson knocked in two more with his 2-out single to leftfield. 

Gregory helped his own cause in the fifth inning when his RBI double scored Tyler Oren, and then Laskowski's infield single plated Johnson.  But first baseman Kris Agnew blew the game wide open when his double to deep rightfield cleared the bases, scoring Gregory, Jake Zeimet, and Laskowski to give Albion a 9-0 advantage.  An RBI double by Eastman and an RBI-single by Adam Gregory followed, giving Albion the necessary margin to end the game early.

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LATE RALLY SEALS ROAD VICTORY FOR TIGERS -- The Albion Tigers mounted a late comeback on Thursday night at Firemens Park in Waterloo to overcome the host McKays and improve to 1-1 in the HTL Night League's East Division.  Lucas Gregory tossed two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, and also went 2x3 at the plate and tied the game with his 2-out, 2-RBI single in the fifth inning.

Jim Eastman scored the winning run for the Tigers when Kris Agnew drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning, putting the Tigers ahead for good at 5-4. 

Albion scored their first run in the second inning, when shortstop Brennan Deegan ripped a double to deep right-centerfield to score Gregory.  Kyle Johnson's RBI single in the third tied the game, but Waterloo scored two more in the bottom half of the frame to grab the lead.  But Gregory's 2-RBI clutch hit in the fifth tied the game again, and Eastman touching home in the sixth turned out to be the winning run for the Tigers.

Starter Cameren Wileman threw four solid innings before giving way to Gregory, and former Section MVP Mike Nanstad made his season debut, earning a save while fanning two McKays and tossing a perfect seventh inning.

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BIG BATS AND SCHULTE KEEP TIGERS IN FIRST PLACE!  --  The Albion Tigers bats stayed red hot on Memorial Day at Albion Park, knocking out eleven hits and improving to 5-1 on the season.  Highlighted by Josh Eastman's 2nd-inning towering 2-run in-the-park home-run into the top of the oak tree in left field and Tyler Oren's 6th-inning 2-RBI ground-rule triple onto Academy Drive, the Tigers' offense provided all that was needed to keep Albion in a tie atop the West Division in the Southeast Section.

Southpaw Bryant Schulte took the mound in relief in a tough situation in the second inning, but after battling out of the second, he carried his team the rest of the way, throwing eight innings and giving up only one more run and picking up his first win of the season.

The Tigers scored one in the first, but then erupted for five in the second.  A Waterloo error, Aaron Laskowski's RBI double, and then Eastman's blast gave the Tigers a 6-5 lead after the second inning.  A bases-loaded walk to Brennan Deegan scored Oren in the fifth.  Two more scored on Oren's triple in the sixth, and he eventually scored on Evan Deegan's sacrifice fly.  Oren is hitting .526 on the season for the Tigers.

After giving up one run in the fourth, Schulte stymied the McKays and they wouldn't score again.  He yielded only four hits over eight innings, striking out three.

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16-HIT EFFORT LEADS TIGERS OVER MERCHANTS -- The Albion Tigers used a balanced offensive attack on Sunday afternoon to earn a key victory against West Division opponent Stoughton.  The Albion offense stroked 16 base hits at Norse Park in the 8-6 win, including a combined 13x20 effort from the first five hitters in the lineup; Aaron Laskowski (3x4), Kris Agnew (3x4), Josh Eastman (2x4), Adam Gregory (3x5), and Tyler Oren (2x3).  The win improves the Tigers to 4-1 to keep pace in the division with the McFarland Muskies, and the Merchants fall to 2-2 on the season.

Gregory picked up the first of his four RBIs in the first inning when his two-out RBI single scored Laskowski.  Following an Agnew walk and an Eastman double, Gregory singled again in the third inning to drive them both home and give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.  Agnew's 2-RBI double in the fourth plated Lars Olstad and Laskowski, and Jake Zeimet's sacrifice fly in the 5th scored Oren to put Albion up 6-1.

RBIs by Gregory and Oren in the 8th inning turned out to be more than just insurance runs, as the Merchants mounted a comeback in the bottom half of the frame, scoring four times.  But with the winning run at first base in the 9th, Josh Eastman got T.J. DiPrizio to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the game.  Eastman earned his first save of the season.

Zeimet earned his first HTL win, tossing 3 2/3 innings in relief of Agnew. 

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ALBION OFFENSE OVERWHELMS UTICA; TIGERS WIN 13-9 -- The Albion Tigers scored early and often to outpunch an explosive Utica lineup on Sunday afternoon at Albion Park.  The Tigers banged out 15 hits and held off a potent Utica offense to earn a 13-9 victory in a marathon game that lasted nearly three and a half hours.  The win improves Albion to 3-1 on the season. 

Having lost the previous five contests with Utica dating back to to 2014, the Tigers bats were determined to provide a different outcome Sunday.

Utica scored two in the top of the first inning, but Albion answered with four in the bottom half on an RBI double by Kris Agnew (2x5), a sac fly by Kyle Johnson, and RBI singles by Tyler Oren (3x5) and Sam Martin.  The Association quickly knotted the score with two more in the second inning, but Albion answered with another four-run inning in the third, highlighted by Evan Deegan's RBI single and a 2-RBI single by Aaron Laskowski (2x6).

With the score in Albion's favor 8-5 after another Utica run in the fourth, Albion put up yet another four-run inning in their half of the fourth with RBIs from Lucas Gregory (2x4) and Deegan (2x5).  Gregory drove home Oren in the fifth as well, when his ground-rule triple to deep leftfield rolled across Academy Drive.

Along with swinging a big stick, Lucas Gregory also picked up the win for the Tigers on the mound, tossing 4 1/3 innings in relief and giving up two earned runs.  Rookie Jake Zeimet finished the game by blanking Utica in the eighth & ninth innings to secure the win for Albion.

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AGNEW'S ARM, TIMELY HITS LEAD ALBION OVER DEERFIELD -- Kris Agnew held the host Deerfield Demons hitless through 6 2/3 innings on Sunday afternoon, ultimately yielding only one hit and one run to pick up his second victory of the season.  The veteran southpaw threw seven innings and struck out five in leading his Tigers to a 7-1 victory at Fireman's Park in Deerfield.  Josh Eastman fanned three in two scoreless innings of relief work on the mound.  The win improves the Tigers to 2-1 in the 2016 campaign.

After scoring two unearned runs on a throwing error in the first inning, Adam Gregory knocked home Cole Demrow and Agnew with a 2-out, 2-RBI single in the second inning to stake the Tigers to a 4-0 lead.  Albion scored their final two runs when Demrow lined 2-out RBI singles in both the 5th and 7th innings, en route to a 3-hit day for the Tiger rightfielder.  In both innings he drive home Tiger shortstop Tyler Oren, who was 2x3 with a double.

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ALBION KNOCKS AROUND EVANSVILLE, WIN 12-1 -- After a tough 2-1 loss at McFarland in their season opener last weekend, the Albion Tigers were anxious for their first win of the season.  They grabbed that win on Saturday night in convincing fashion at Lake Leota Park in Evansville against the home Jays, winning 12-1 in a game shortened to seven innings by the 10-run mercy rule.  The win evens Albion's record on the young season at 1-1.  Left-hander Kris Agnew struck out the side in the first inning and never looked back, fanning eight hitters in five innings of work.  Agnew yielded only two hits, one walk, and one unearned run in five innings of work.  Bryant Schulte tossed two scoreless innings to close out the contest.

Tyler Oren's 2-out, 2-RBI single started the scoring, and Evan Deegan's RBI single gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage in the first inning.  An RBI double by Austin Mades and a couple Jays defensive miscues gave the Tigers three more in the 2nd.  The game was put out of reach in the 3rd when Adam Gregory's base-clearing double drove in Brennan Deegan, Aaron Laskowski, and Agnew.

Mades hit his second double of the night to deep leftfield in the 7th, and he scored when leftfielder Sam Martin also doubled.  Martin came home on Evan Deegan's sacrifice fly, giving the Tigers their final tally.

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2015 ALL-STARS LEAD TIGERS TO EXCITING EXHIBITION WIN -- Aaron Laskowski and Kris Agnew represented the Albion Tigers in last year's Home Talent League All-Star Game, and both players picked up 2016 where they left off 2015 in leading the Albion Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Sun Prairie Sun Dawgs in an exhibition game at Ashley Field on Sunday.  Laskowski, the reigning Southeast Section MVP, went 2x4 with a double and scored a run in the 1st inning and Agnew started on the hill and fanned ten in only four innings.

Fellow southpaw Bryant Schulte earned the victory, tossing scoreless frames in the 5th, 6th, and 7th.  Facing bases loaded and no outs in the 7th, Schulte induced a comebacker that he threw to catcher Sutton DeVoll for the first out.  A pop-up to Tigers second baseman Evan Deegan recorded the second out, and Schulte caught Sun Prairie centerfielder Aaron Schmidt looking to end the inning with no damage.

Sun Prairie threatened again in the 8th by loading the bases again with no outs, but Cameren Wileman fanned two Cardinals and got Jessie Lehman to ground out to end the threat yielding only one run.

Holding on to a 4-2 lead, Wileman loaded the bases with a one-out walk, and then hit a batter to push the game to 4-3.  But Cardinals thirdbaseman Mike Brekke lined out to Tiger rookie thirdbaseman Brennan Deegan, and he flipped to Matt Towns at second base to double-up Schmidt and end the game.

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TIGERS GETTING READY FOR SPRING -- The Albion Tigers have finalized their 2016 schedule, looking to continue the success that they have had in recent years. The Tigers finished last year with a 17-10 overall record, including 12-4 in the Southeast Section and qualifying for the postseason for the tenth time in the last fourteen years. 

The Tigers will play April exhibition games in Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove before starting Southeast Section play on May 1 against McFarland. The home season starts Sunday May 22 against rival Utica at Albion Park, followed by a Memorial Day tilt against the Waterloo McKays (Monday May 30).

Other highlights of the schedule include two visits from defending Southeast Section champ Fort Atkinson (June 12 and June 23) and a July 10 showdown in Albion against the perennial contender Stoughton Merchants.

New this year - the First Annual Wally Olstad Classic will be played on Sunday July 17 at Edgerton Racetrack Park as part of Tobacco Heritage Days. The Tigers will face the McFarland Muskies with a 2pm first pitch.

One other date for Tiger fans to take note of is the Albion Par Three Challenge at Creekview Par Three on Sunday August 7.  Details on the golf outing will be coming soon. It's almost spring!!!



   
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