Tiffany's splits pair of TFTL games
Tiffany’s Food & Spirits men’s fastpitch team split a pair of Thumb Fastpitch Softball League contests last week.
On July 11 at Auburn, Tiff’s edged the host Buzz, 6-5. Kyle Gnatkowski was the winning pitcher and helped his cause at the plate, finishing 3 for 3 with a triple. Lee Foco was 2 for 4 with a home run and Drew Thompson also belted a homer.
Tiffany’s traveled back to Auburn on July 12 and dropped a 9-1 decision to the Frankenmuth Brewery. Pete Loachridge suffered the loss as shoddy fielding hampered his efforts on the mound. Thompson was 2 for 2 to lead the team.
The Schaefer & Bierlein Tournament was held this weekend in Heritage Park and the red and black finished 2-3 on the weekend.
The Lightning opened play against Tiff’s Friday night and nipped them, 1-0. A hit batter, a bloop single and a costly throwing error led the lone run of the game.
“The fans were blessed with one of the finest fastpitch games in a long time . . . the only drawback was Tiff’s came out on the wrong end of the score,” Tiffany’s Manager Dick 𠇌oot” Krueger said.
Sean Kelly outdueled Loachridge, who fanned nine Lightning batters and scattered three hits. Kelly struck out 12 batters and only Kyle Gnatkowski and his father Brad collected hits off of him.
On Saturday, Tiffany’s bombed the Brewers of Ontario, 13-1. Loachridge earned the win and Kyle Gnatkowski had an outstanding game. The 18-year-old player went 4 for 4 at the plate with two homers, including an inside-the-park effort. Jarred Bender added two hits and Drew Thompson had a round tripper.
Saturday evening, Tiffany’s squared off against the Duncan Outlaws and lost 8-1. In that game, Tiff’s lost their ace hurler, Loachridge, to a partial tear of his Achille’s tendon.
“We hope and pray with Pete that it is only a small tear and he can begin the healing process,” Krueger said.
Sunday morning, Tiffany’s bested Superior Vault of Midland, 8-1. Gnatkowski was the winning pitcher. Brad Gnatkowski had two hits and five other local players added a hit.
Later on Sunday, the Alvinston Indians of Canada defeated Tiffany’s, 7-1. Drew Thompson was tagged with the loss, Gnatkowski came in relief of Thompson and allowed just two runs after the Indians had a five-run first inning. Todd Sprowl and Steven Hecht each had a hit for the hometown team.
Tiffany’s was back in Auburn on July 17 to take on the Reese A’s. Tonight (July 19), Tiff’s will entertain Labadie’s at 7pm in Heritage Park, followed by the Schaefer & Bierlein Wranglers at 8:30pm.
The Michigan Amateur Softball Association Class B State Finals will be held in Moline, which is located just south of Grand Rapids. Tourney play will begin Friday at 6:30pm against Oeatman Excavating of Holland. A win Friday will pit Tiffany’s against perennial power Twin City Gray Sox at 9am Saturday.
Other teams at the Class B state finals include the Reese A’s, Marshall Lightning, J2 Tanning, Snapper, Frankenmuth Brewery, Wranglers and Priority Mortgage. It is a double-elimination tourney.