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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)

Friday, April 29, 2011

MACA boys pound Monte, edge LQPV

The MACA baseball team played games on Monday and Thursday that differed sharply in their complexion. One was low-scoring and the other saw runs come home frequently. The one constant was that the Tigers won.
The Monday story was a 2-1 win by coach Lyle Rambow's squad over Lac qui Parle Valley.
On Thursday there was a hit parade as the Tigers disposed of Montevideo 13-9 for their fifth win of the season against no losses.

Tigers 13, Monte 9
The Thursday hit parade saw 17 hits resonate off the Tigers' bats. At the fore was Alex Erickson who pounded out four hits in five at-bats.
The Thunder Hawks had their own terror at the plate in Joe Bednar whose bat was good for four hits.
Monte kept pace with the Tigers' hitting as their team total was 15 hits - two shy of the Tigers.
Coach Rambow had to bemoan his team's five errors but the winning outcome negated that. Monte committed two errors.
The visiting Tigers broke this game open in the fifth inning, unleashing an eight-run rally. Prior to that rally the Tigers were clinging to a 4-3 lead.
Montevideo scored six runs over the last three innings and almost kept that momentum going. They had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh but the Morris Area Chokio Alberta lead was too much to surmount.
Monte came out of the day still seeking their first win. It has been a hard spring for teams to get their games in, due to weather. Thursday's game was just Monte's third. Maybe the State High School League should offer an indoor sport for part of the spring months!
One of Erickson's four hits was a double. He drove in two runs and scored two.
Eric Riley came through with the rare feat of three triples. He achieved this in four at-bats. He was a cog in the scoring with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Cole Riley's bat was sizzling with perfect three-for-three numbers including a double and two RBIs. Tyler Hansen had a three-for-four day with a run-batted-in.
Ryan Beyer had a double and scored two runs. Brady Valnes had a double and drove in two runs. Taylor Hufford went one-for-two and Ethan Bruer one-for-three.
Bednar was joined among Monte's hit leaders by Tyler Kuno and Colton Vien each with three hits.
On to pitching: Here, two Tigers shared the load with Eric Riley getting the win and Tyler Hansen the save.
Riley pitched four innings, striking out two batters and walking two, while allowing nine hits and six runs (four earned).
Hansen had a three-inning stint on the mound. This Tiger fanned two batters and walked one. He gave up six hits and three runs, only one of which was earned.
Hansen was on the mound when MACA needed to extinguish a bases-loaded threat by Monte in the seventh. Hansen bore down to get a three-pitch strikeout and then a pop fly which he squeezed his glove around.
The Thunder Hawks were turned back. The Tigers' unbeaten status was preserved. The Tigers hope to keep the winning habit in their own invite this weekend.
Colton Vien was the pitcher of record for the Thunder Hawks.

Tigers 2, Lac qui Parle Valley 1
Pitching was the main story of the afternoon when coach Rambow's squad hosted Lac qui Parle Valley Monday.
Alex Erickson was the whole pitching story for MACA. He was truly in control in his seven innings of work, setting down eleven Eagles on strikes and walking just one. The Eagles managed just two hits off him.
LQPV had just one pitcher go the whole way too. This was Brandon Bornhorst who showed a high caliber like Erickson, as he fanned eight Tigers and walked one. But Bornhorst did give up eight hits.
He worked out of a big jam in the first inning, when MACA got the bases loaded only to come up empty when Bornhorst struck out the side.
One of the Tiger runs was unearned.
The sharp work of Erickson and Bornhorst on the hill held this game to an efficient one hour/26 minutes. Each team committed one error.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the sixth but had the Eagles come up even thanks to a home run by Eric Paulson. Paulson was persistent in his at-bat, finally connecting big-time on the tenth pitch from Erickson. His round-tripper was over the left field fence.
The bottom of the sixth saw the Tigers get their edge.
Eric Riley, who had two hits in as many at-bats, scored both of the MACA runs on the day.
It was a day for the Rileys to shine as Cole finished two-for-three with two RBIs. Alex Erickson's bat was good for a double in three at-bats. Tyler Hansen also went one-for-three.
Taylor Hufford went one-for-one and Mitch Kill one-for-two.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta is striving to get games in according to the original schedule, so the weather will need to be on an even keel for a while. It's horribly windy today (Friday) as yours truly is typing this.
As long as area ag interests are well-served, we'll be happy.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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