Tigers claw past shorthanded Ambler
Bad news: Lansdale has not hit anywhere near what it was expected to when the season began.
Good news: The Tigers are still winning.
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“We’ll take runs any way we can get them,” said Tigers second baseman Josh Fink, who reached base three times in four plate appearances. “It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but we won the game and at the end of the day that’s what counts.”
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The Rebels got one back on Kyle Gaffney’s two-out RBI single off Lansdale starter and winner Carl Motts in the home third.
But Lansdale blew it open in the fourth, once again, with a lot of help.
Ryan Conway walked, took second on Rocky Ferrier’s single, moved to third on Fink’s second hit of the game and scored on a passed ball.
After a walk to Jason Mills reloaded the bases, Hess hit a ground ball to short which was thrown away, plating three runs.
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“We have talent here,” Fink said, “and whether it’s pretty or ugly we’ve been getting it done.
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“With the skeleton crew we had here, we’re happy to come away with the win,” McCann said, “and when we start getting some of our players back from injury we feel we’ll start scoring more runs.
“Right now, the middle of our lineup - Mills, Hess and (Tim) Edgar - have been solid, and they’ve helped put us where we are.”
Which is near the top of the league standings.
As for playing the role of the team the rest of the league is gunning for, Fink said that label is misleading.
“We don’t think of ourselves that way,” he said. “We’re just playing one game at a time.
“We don’t think of ourselves as anything other than what we are, just a team trying to win ballgames.”