"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Boys start season scoring frequently

The MACA baseball team began its season in a stop-and-start sort of way. First there was the opener, which coach Lyle Rambow's squad won decisively, 13-1 over ACGC. That game was played on Tuesday, April 12.
The weather dealt an impediment to taking the next step. It's to be expected in mid-April most years.
Finally the Tigers took the field for game #2 and it resulted in a one-sided score just like in the first game. The Tigers crushed Breckenridge 15-0 on Monday, April 18.
Both of these games were on the road.

MACA 15, Breckenridge 0
The "zero" posted by Breck indicates this was a day for the MACA pitching to shine. Shine it did, as Tyler Hansen and Mitch Kill were in the groove on the hill to slam the door on the green-clad Cowboys.
Together this Tiger duo pitched a no-hit gem in the abbreviated action (five innings). The one-sidedness of the game held it to five innings.
Hansen picked up the pitching win with his stint of three innings. He set down five Cowboy batters on strikes and walked one. Kill had an efficient two-inning stint and this Tiger fanned two batters and walked one.
The two pitching whizzes combined to face just one batter over the minimum.
The Tigers were already in command, up 5-0, when they unleashed a ten-run rally in the fifth. Breck showed the kind of unraveling that can happen this time of year.
Breck issued seven walks, allowed two hits and muffed two fielding plays to let MACA surge in the fifth.
Coach Rambow could smile about the zero errors committed by his squad.
Alex Erickson zeroed in on Breck's pitching for two hits in as many at-bats. One of those hits was a double, and this Tiger drove in three runs.
Brody Bahr doubled and drove in two runs. Tyler Hansen supported his own solid pitching work by doubling and driving in two runs. Cole Riley rapped a double too and picked up a pair of ribbies.
Other Tigers hitting safely were Brady Valnes, Matt Lembcke and Evan Schultz.
Three players pitched for Breck: Zach Hegge, Bobby Paulz and Casey Materi.

The ACGC Falcons unraveled in the fourth inning to open the door for a backbreaking Tiger rally in the season opener. The issue was decided once the fourth inning was done. The Tigers could tuck away the opener in the win column.
A parade of 14 Tigers came up to bat in the fourth. The Tigers pummelled the Falcons to the tune of eight runs in that frame. This added to the two Tiger runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third.
The final line score showed MACA with 13 runs on nine hits and just one error. ACGC had a dues-paying afternoon with seven errors.
Matt Lembcke pitched three innings for the win. He allowed just one hit, struck out five batters and walked two while blanking the Falcons.
Coach Rambow called on the pitching arms of Alex Erickson and Eric Riley too. The pitching threesome was solid.
Erickson struck out two batters, walked one and allowed one hit and the one ACGC run which was unearned. Riley allowed no hits and walked none.
Tyler Minnick scored the only ACGC run, taking advantage of the one MACA fielding miscue.
Alex Erickson had a double and two RBIs as part of a two-for-four day. Ryan Beyer knocked in a run as part of going two-for-four.
Brady Valnes picked up two ribbies while going one-for-three. Eric Riley contributed a double to the mix. Taylor Hufford drove in a run to go with his one-for-three boxscore line.
Cole Riley had a hit in three at-bats. Tyler Hansen finished at one-for-two with an RBI.
Two Falcons hit safely: Marty Peterson and Dylan Rossell.
ACGC's pitching was handled by Trever Heining (the loser), Rossell and Ryan Larson.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta baseball is looking forward to seeing lots of fans turn out once the inevitable warmer weather arrives! We have had to be patient. It's a Minnesota quality.
Click on the link below to access the MACA baseball page on Pheasant Country Sports:


- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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