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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)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tigers beat 'Waska in softball, baseball

The MACA softball and baseball teams prevailed on the diamond Tuesday. The MACA girls took their unbeaten record on the road to face another unbeaten: Minnewaska Area.
Meanwhile the boys hosted the 'Waska Lakers in a game that was originally scheduled for evening hours. The boys ended up playing at 5 p.m. at Chizek Field, perhaps because some uncooperative weather was on its way.
Sure enough there was a rain/snow mix as evening arrived. The boys completed their game under acceptable conditions.
The boys beat Minnewaska 3-1. The softball girls won 9-6 at 'Waska.

Softball: Solid pitching and hitting
Coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers looked confident at bat and pounded out 17 hits in their 9-6 triumph.
It was a low-scoring game until the fifth when Morris Area Chokio Alberta unleashed a six-run rally. But the Lakers answered with their own six-run outburst in the bottom of that frame. MACA led 7-6 when that inning was done.
The Tigers secured a little breathing room with two runs in the sixth.
The Tigers outhit Minnewaska 17-7 and out-fielded them too, as the MACA error total was a mere one while 'Waska had four.
Then we have pitching: MACA ace Mackenzie Weatherly made another statement with her resilient arm, this time striking out 14 batters. Two of the six runs she allowed were unearned. Her control was top-notch too: just one walk issued.
Kaylee Jacobs was the losing pitcher. Sydney Joos and Maddie Phillips also pitched for Minnewaska.
Sadie Fischer supplied punch in the offensive scheme of things for the unbeaten Tigers: Fischer socked a run-scoring double in that big fifth inning rally. She also contributed to the insurance rally in the sixth.
Sadie finished the day at three-for-five with two RBIs.
Courtney Ehleringer also connected for a run-scoring double in the fifth. Courtney had a two-for-four day.
Several Tigers found the Lakers' pitching to their liking. Hannah Sayles was nearly perfect with three-for-four numbers.
Hayley Scheldorf leaned into 'Waska pitching to produce two-for-five numbers including a double. Scheldorf drove in two runs.
Weatherly supported her own pitching with two hits in four at-bats including a double. Hayley Heinrichs doubled and drove in two runs as part of going two-for-four.
Katie Holzheimer went one-for-five with an RBI. Dani Schultz wielded a trusty bat like always, this time going two-for-three.
Aundrea Johnson kept the Lakers close with a three-run home run in the fifth. She also had a double. She posted three RBIs to stand out in the 'Waska attack.

Baseball: Eric Riley stands out
Eric Riley tripled and drove in three runs as part of going two-for-three in the MACA baseball team's 3-1 win over Minnewaska Area at Chizek Field. The skies were gray but the weather didn't unleash anything nasty, yet.
The full seven innings were played as coach Lyle Rambow's squad picked up their third win in as many games.
Eric Riley picked up a save in the pitching department too. He handled the Lakers with ease in his two innings of relief work, giving up no hits or runs, walking none and striking out three.
Alex Erickson was the winning pitcher. Erickson's stat line included six strikeouts, just one walk, three hits allowed and one run (earned). His stint as starter covered five innings.
The Tigers worked efficiently, holding the game to just under 1 1/2 hours to complete.
It was Riley singling to drive in Erickson to give the Tigers their first lead of the day. 'Waska was able to tie the score on a Kevin Jenks double.
Riley came to the fore again in the fifth, tripling into the left-center gap to drive in Erickson and Ryan Beyer. Beyer had doubled to push Erickson over to third. Erickson finished with two-for-four boxscore numbers and scored two runs.
Tyler Hansen, Beyer, Mitch Kill and Brady Valnes all went one-for-two. Brody Bahr had a double in his only at-bat.
The Tigers fielded cleanly, committing just one error.
The Lakers' three hits were by Shane Bosek, Kevin Jenks and Andrew Amundson. The losing pitcher was Trenton Berg.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta diamond teams are getting psyched for the month of May! Let's see the temperature creep up a little.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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