The Princeton 11U Tigers baseball team traveled to the East/West District Championship tournament this week and needed one win over two contests to advance to the Final Four, but fell short both times. 

Despite coming into the tournament off of an impressive 25-13 win over Highland, the first time a Gibson County team has beaten an Evansville team in District 13 play and snapping Highland’s 14 game winning streak, the Tigers dropped the opening contest 12-5 to Golfmoor on Monday, July 3.

Needing a win to advance to the final four, the Tigers continued to struggle and get the offense going in a 7-3 loss to South Gibson on Wednesday, July 5. 

The Tigers fell behind early 7-0, but Christian Schafer kept his team in the game on both sides of the plate with a 2-run homer, while going 2-3 from the plate on the day, and striking out six batters in relief when the team was down 7-0 in the fourth inning when he came in to pitch. 

“Our goal was to make it to the Fianl Four of the West District, but we came up a little short,” said Tigers head coach Tim Turpin. “But, the 11 Princeton boys played their hearts out against the other teams in the field.”

The Tigers season isn’t over yet with two more tournaments left on the schedule. On July 15 and 16, the Tigers travel to Petersburg and then end the season later this month in the second annual Jack Bishop Tournament at Jack Bishop Ballpark in Princeton on July 29th and 30th.

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