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Baseball: Tigers hold on against Winona Cotter

Lake City third baseman Logan Thomas gathers and throws to first base Monday in Lake City. The Tigers defeated Winona Cotter 4-2. Photo by Chris Harrell1 / 3
Lake City senior Jake Griebenow delivers a pitch during Monday's game against Winona Cotter at Bill Kieffer Field in Lake City. Griebenow threw four inning, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two. He received a no decision in the Tigers' win. Photo by Chris Harrell2 / 3
Lake City outfielder Ryan Pribyl makes contact during Monday's home game against Winona Cotter. Photo by Chris Harrell3 / 3

LAKE CITY - Lake City's Ben Schramski struggled in his first two at-bats against Winona Cotter Monday and made two throwing errors at shortstop. But when it mattered, Schramski came through.

With a runner on second base and one out in the sixth inning, Schramski ripped a single over the shortstop to break a 2-2 tie and came around to score later in the inning as the Tigers went on to win 4-2 at Bill Kieffer Field.

"Ben's been a starter for us for three years," Lake City head coach Perry Iberg said. "He's a good athlete; we really haven't been outside a whole lot and sometimes you expect some of those things to happen a little bit but typically not with him, he's a better shortstop than that. ... It's baseball, it's early in the season, I'm not too concerned about it."

Schramski finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Dylan Simonic had the Tigers' other big hit Monday with a two-RBI double in the fourth inning after Schramski popped out for the second out of the inning. Simonic, who finished 1-for-3, knocked in John Brown and Reid Lundell to tie the game at 2-2.

"Simonic had a huge two-out, two-strike hit driving in a couple runs," Iberg added. "It kind of got our dugout relaxed a little bit."

"I felt like I had a job to get them in because we had one down and two guys on base," Simonic added. "I was swinging at the first strike."

Lake City (2-0) got solid pitching again as Jake Griebenow and Lundell combined to hold the Ramblers to two hits. Griebenow started and threw four innings, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks. He struck out two. Lundell finished the final three innings, giving up one hit and two walks while picking up the victory.

"Jake did a pretty good job, threw a lot of pitches early," Iberg said. "Reid came in and was pretty efficient. I thought both guys overall did a pretty good job of battling and held them to two hits so it was a good job. Our bats were a little slower than they typically are."

Roger Brosnahan walked to lead off the game for Cotter, then stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI groundout by John DeMarais.

In the bottom half of the first inning, the Tigers tallied two singles but couldn't score and went two innings without another hit.

The Ramblers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Brosahan singled with one out and proceeded to steal second and third base before coming home on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by DeMarais.

Brosnahan went 1-for-3 with three stolen bases and both runs scored to lead Cotter.

Brown began the bottom of the fourth inning with a single and Lundell reached on an error by Cotter before Simonic's two-run double.

After the third inning, Griebenow and Lundell set down eight straight Ramblers as Cotter never got a runner past second base the rest of the way.

Lake City's athleticism showed up in the sixth inning as Griebenow got things started with one out on an infield single and stole second base. Schramski followed with an RBI single, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch that struck out Simonic, who reached first on the play. Schramski scored when Cotter's catcher tried to pick him off third base and threw the ball into left field.

"We are very athletic at pretty much all positions," Iberg said. "Guys are hustlers and they run out some of those things. It's nice to have some team speed."

The Tigers are scheduled to play at home Tuesday against Goodhue.

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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