SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The KELOLAND.com Game of the Week returns on Tuesday, April 27 with a class ‘A’ baseball contest featuring Sioux Falls Lincoln and Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG TIGERS (13-2)
The Tigers enter Tuesday’s contest having won their last three contests.
“We’ve been fortunate to have some really good performances on the mound and that has really given us the opportunity to alleviate some stress off our hitters,” Harrisburg head coach Mark Abrahamson said. “It makes sure we get deep in the ballgames and at least have a chance to win in every single one of them.”
Defensively, Harrisburg has been sharp as well as they are only allowing 3.9 runs per contest.
The Tigers have been sharp with the bats as well as they are scoring more than nine runs per game.
“All that again goes back to our focus on training and our player development coaches. Having our players be able to access them (coaches) at any time day or night to work on a swing, it gives us a leg up all over the place,” Abrahamson said.
Harrisburg’s lone losses have come at the hands of Pierre (10-2) and Brookings (12-4).
The Tigers have been led by several players including standout Will Simmons, who is coming off a tremendous no-hitter performance in a win over O’Gorman.
“His talent is second to none. He gets out on the mound and he is a bulldog out there and you see that shine through with every one of his starts,” Abrahamson said. “He’s a guy that just wants to go out there and he wants to leave everything on the field and he doesn’t want to come off. He’s going to grind it out until that last out or until I force him to stop and I think that’s a great example for everybody out there too.”
Simmons isn’t the only Tiger to throw a shutout this season as Harrisburg has no hit three teams this season including West Fargo, O’Gorman and Huron.
“Coming off this last week, we had our third no-hitter of the season and it’s contributions from all over the place,” Abrahamson said. “We had a combined no-hitter to start, we had Will Simmons last week and we also had Kai Yungbluth on Friday night. I’d say our starting pitching has been our biggest strength this year.”
SIOUX FALLS LINCOLN (5-0)
The Patriots enter Tuesday’s contest with a perfect 5-0 record following their 8-2 win over Yankton on April 20.
Lincoln has relied on a strong offense that is scoring nearly nine runs a game, while using their speed to their advantage.
“We have a lot of team speed. We like to utilize that to put pressure on opposing defenses so they have to make the play quick and be good with the ball,” Lincoln head coach Jordan Johnson said. “As long as we can put the ball in play and we can move runners, we’re going to be in the game.”
Defensively, the Patriots are allowing just four runs per game, thanks to some strong pitching.
“We don’t have overpowering pitching, but we have very solid pitchers who attack hitters and we try to limit walks,” Johnson said.
The Patriots will now prepare for a tough Harrisburg team whose pitching will challenge any team in the state.
“They are so talented as far as pitching goes and they’re deep. The Simmons kid, we’re all aware of his talents and the show that he put on last week against O’Gorman,” Johnson said. “It isn’t just him. They have a deep rotation of players. They have good hitters and they’re just a sound baseball team in all facets of the game.”
Tuesday’s game will stream at 5:00 p.m. and it can be seen at the link below:
Play-by-play will be provided by KELOLAND.com’s Grant Sweeter.