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Coyotes fall twice to Tigers

Nick Turner walked and scored during the Coyotes 16-5 loss to the Tigers last Sunday in Fridley. (Bulletin file photo)

The Coyotes offense wasn’t exactly rolling last Sunday in Fridley.

But you wouldn’t have guessed that by looking at the scoreboard.

Despite only mustering seven hits, Cottage Grove posted 11 runs on the scoreboard. But even that wasn’t enough as the Tigers topped the Coyotes 12-11.

After falling into an early hole, Cottage Grove plated two in the bottom of the second to nab a 2-1 lead. That advantage was erased in a back-and-forth fourth inning that saw the Tigers plate four runs and the Coyotes score three, leaving the game in a 6-6 knot.

But Fridley took the lead for good in the sixth inning, as it scored four runs to take a 10-6 lead. Cottage Grove posted a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh frame, but the comeback bid fell one score short.

Coyotes player-manager Randy Schmidt led the way on the offensive end, going 2-for-3 at the dish with a double, a walk and four RBI.

The two teams combined to walk 19 batters.

It didn’t get any better for the Coyotes in the second game of the doubleheader, as Cottage Grove fell 16-5 to the Tigers.

Fridley scored five runs in the bottom of the first and followed it up with four in the second and six in the third to cruise to the victory.

Hans Heggernes, David Buckner and Matt Ruben highlighted the Coyotes offensive performance, with each recording two hits. Ruben swiped four bases, as well.

The losses dropped Cottage Grove to 6-4 on the season. The Coyotes will take on the Cyclones Sunday at Woodridge Park.