Tigers fall in conference contest against Van Buren
NEW LONDON — Van Buren took an early lead and a late surge sealed their 9-2 victory over New London in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division game on Friday night.
Van Buren got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Tigers kept it close when they plated a run of their own in the fourth.
Matayo Christianer had a two-out double in the inning, and went to third on a wild pitch. He crossed the plate on a single by Devon Smyth.
That’s as close as New London would get, however, as Van Buren distanced itself with three runs in the fifth. The Warriors tacked on four more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
New London scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth, again with two outs. Tyler Shinkle singled and went to second when Quincy Porter walked. Shinkle then stole third and went home on a balk.
That’s all the damage the Tigers could do, however, and a scoreless seventh inning sealed the win for Van Buren.
Porter started the game on the mound and took the loss. He went six innings and gave up 12 hits and four walks for nine runs. He struck out four batters.
Jayden Flowers came on in relief, pitching one inning. He did not allow a hit. He walked one batter and sat one down on strikes.
At the plate, the Tigers were led by Smyth, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Porter and Hunter Moeller each walked once, and so did Christianer. Porter and Shinkle each stole a base.
The Tigers are now 8-13 overall and 6-8 in the SEISC South.
They host Winfield-Mt. Union in their only game this week; that contest will start with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Tigers then travel to play their final game of the regular season, which will be against Highland at Riverside on Monday, July 8, starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
District baseball begins on Saturday, July 13.
New London is in District 8, along with Danville, Highland, Holy Trinity Catholic, Ft. Madison, Iowa Mennonite School, Lone Tree, Notre Dame,Van Buren and W-MU.
Notre Dame and Holy Trinity are the only teams in the district that play on July 13; everyone else starts on Tuesday, July 16.
The Tigers open postseason play against IMS, a team that they haven’t seen yet this season. That game will be at 5 p.m. in Riverside on July 16.
For more postseason information for Henry County baseball and softball teams, see page 5.