SPENCER -- Matt Plathe pitched a solid game for Le Mars, but four errors at critical times did not help the Bulldogs as they lost to Spencer 10-5 Monday night in Spencer.
Chris Campbell hit a home run in the first inning to give Le Mars an early lead, but Spencer scored five runs in the second inning to take a commanding four-run lead. The Bulldogs responded with two runs in the fifth, but the Tigers tacked on four more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-3 lead.
Le Mars did not give up though, scoring two runs in the sixth, but again the Tigers answered with one run in the bottom of the sixth as they beat the Bulldogs 10-5.
Eddie Knowlton and Tony Kolar each had three singles to lead Le Mars offensively. Plathe added a double and a pair of RBIs and Travis Penning had a single.
Le Mars head coach Nick Carpenter said it was one of those nights where errors hurt them at key times in the game.
"They scored five runs in the second inning and it could have been easily one or two," Carpenter said. "They did hit a home run that inning, but the wind was blowing straight out. It ended up being a three-run home run, but it all started with an error."
Plathe pitched seven innings for Le Mars, allowing 10 earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight batters.
Carpenter said Plathe had a tough time on the mound.
"He got rattled. We didn't make a couple of plays behind Matt and he got frustrated. That's something we need to work on and he knows that," Carpenter said. "I thought Matt pitched a heck of a game. He's just been kind of a hard luck loser. He's 0-3 now, but he's pitched well."
Le Mars (4-4 overall, 2-2 in the Lakes conference) plays 3A no. 10-ranked Denison-Schleswig in Le Mars Wednesday, June 9.