In a season where not a whole lot went Henderson's way, things finally swung in our direction Thursday night in LeSueur. The Tigers ended the Braves season with a 4-1 win at Bruce Frank Field tonight behind a stellar seven innings on the mound from Mat Peot. Mitch Hammes and Luke Frauendienst closed it out.
After an early 1-0 lead, Henderson tallied a run in each of the last three innings to secure a chance to play for a region berth on Saturday night in Belle Plaine. LeSueur scored their lone run in the ninth.
Things got real interesting in the Braves 8th as they had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out and Henderson up 3-0. Ryan McPartland hit a long shot to left which everyone thought was gone. Matt Nagel made a game saving catch against the fence and flung the ball to the cutoff man who promptly threw to 1st for the 2nd out as the runner failed to tag up. Sam Rinehart, who was on 2nd originally, had apparently gone back to the base to tag and was standing on 3rd when Henderson 1st baseman Hammes threw to 2nd for the inning ending triple play. Chaos followed as the Braves pleaded their case that Rinehart had properly tagged up. The umpires ruled he had not and the rally was over in a flash. From what almost was a game tying 3-run dinger turned into an inning ending triple play.
Saturday night at 6pm in Belle Plaine we play for a chance to go to regions. Jordan edged BP 5-4 this evening in Jordan. Henderson has only qualified for region play one other time in the seven year Tigers history since reforming in '05.