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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)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Softball: Tigers show command on the road

The MACA girls took total command in their Monday and Thursday games this past week.
The Monday (4/25) story was an 8-0 blanking of Lac qui Parle Valley at LQPV. Then on Thursday, again playing on the road, coach Mary Holmberg's squad thumped Montevideo 14-1.
The grades for both offense and defense were obviously high.

Tigers 14, Montevideo 1
Mackenzie Weatherly continued building her resume as one of the area's premier pitchers. She set down ten Thunder Hawk batters on strikes in the process of tossing a two-hitter at Monte.
The two hits she allowed didn't make much noise as they were singles. Those Thunder Hawks hitting safely were Dani Emkes and Chelsey Larson. Larson's safety pushed in the only Monte run.
The Thunder Hawks came out of the day still seeking their first win.
The Tigers showed a well-oiled offense beginning in the third inning. They got on the scoreboard with three runs and followed that up with six runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Their line score was a superb 14 runs, 13 hits and zero errors. Monte struggled in the field with five errors.
Pitcher Weatherly complemented her ten strikeouts with zero walks. The game was limited to five innings due to its one-sidedness.
Vanessa Jordahl was the pitcher of record for the Thunder Hawks. She worked four innings and Ashley Hoehne was called on for one.
Let's roll up our sleeves for a review of the hitting attack. Weatherly supported her own pitching with two-for-four numbers at bat. She scored two runs and drove in one.
Sadie Fischer had a two-for-three afternoon and this Tiger drove in two runs. Dani Schultz had an RBI to go with her two-for-three numbers.
Haley Scheldorf had two hits in four at-bats and drove in a run. Haley Henrichs scored two runs and drove in one, as part of going one-for-three.
Kelsey DeCamp added to the mix at one-for-three, and Katie Holzheimer went one-for-two.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta advanced out of this day with still-perfect won-lost numbers at 7-0. A weekend tournament awaited, on a weekend when the wind would be unspeakably fierce. Yours truly is writing this post in the midst of that.
But it looks as though these home tournaments (softball and baseball) are being played despite the inhospitable weather.

Tigers 8, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
The Tigers looked comfortable as road warriors on Monday, April 25. They visited the wide open spaces of Lac qui Parle Valley. There they added another chapter to their win-filled season, 8-0 at the expense of the Eagles.
Weatherly was a big part of the story as has become so typical. The Eagles flailed away, struggling to make contact against her deliveries, and on 15 occasions an Eagle had to retire to the bench having struck out.
The Eagles managed just three hits. They were the recipient of just one walk.
The MACA offense was no slouch either. Here Weatherly had a big role just like on the defensive side. Weatherly had two hits in as many at-bats, one of them a double, and drove in two runs.
Dani Schultz showed command with the bat, coming at the Eagles with three hits in five at-bats and driving in a run. Sadie Fischer had a two-for-three afternoon.
Kelsey DeCamp went one-for-three with an RBI.
The Tigers committed no errors while LQPV had just one.
The offense held back until the sixth when an MACA rally generated five runs. The score was 3-0 prior to that.
Three Eagles hit safely: Karley Weir, McKenzie Long and Mackenzie Clark.
Alyssa Harms was tagged with the pitching loss. She pitched 3 2/3 innings and was relieved by Rachel Schlieman who worked 3 1/3.
Will the wind abate by Monday? The Tigers are slated to host the BOLD Warriors on Monday, May 2, then they'll go on the road to face Paynesville Tuesday.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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