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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, May 5, 2011

Girls defeat Paynesville, BOLD at home

Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball delighted fans at the home field with wins on Monday and Tuesday. First the Tigers got past BOLD 8-0 in the Monday, May 2, action.
The Tuesday story was a 7-0 triumph vs. Paynesville.
We'll start our review with the Paynesville game.

Tigers 7, Paynesville 0
Paynesville batters looked stymied at the plate through much of the Tuesday, May 3, game that had the surging Tigers win 7-0.
Ten straight Paynesville batters went down on strikes at one point.
Mackenzie Weatherly pitched the whole way for coach Mary Holmberg's squad in this WCC-South game. Weatherly struck out 19 batters total. Her walk total: a mere one.
It was a two-hitter that lifted the MACA season record to 11-1 (9-0 in conference).
The ace Tiger hurler, a senior, struck out the side in four innings: the first, fourth, fifth and sixth. Appropriately, it was strikeouts that accounted for the final two outs and allowed MACA to celebrate its 11th triumph.
(Now let's get some sunshine.)
Dani Schultz hit a two-RBI double in the third to start giving the Tigers some cushion. Other Tigers who doubled on the day were Haley Scheldorf and Sadie Fischer.
The doubles were among ten total hits by MACA that brought cheers from the orange and black faithful.
Schultz, Fischer and Holly Amundson were the Tigers with multiple hits.
The two Paynesville hits were off the bats of Sam Dahl and Megan Wuertz. Paynesville has had a decent campaign and came out of Tuesday at 5-3.
Weatherly's streak of ten strikeouts began with the final out in the third inning. She ended up facing just four batters over the minimum.
The Tigers took care of their offensive business pretty steadily over the early innings. Their one-run first inning was followed by three each in the second and third.
Coach Holmberg had to be pleased with her team's fielding - just one error committed. Paynesville had two miscues in the field.
The hitting roundup shows Sadie Fischer with perfect two-for-two numbers including a double. Dani Schultz's timely double in the third inning was part of a two-for-four day for her, with two RBIs.
Holly Amundson's two hits came in three at-bats. Haley Scheldorf had a double in her two at-bats.
Katie Holzheimer and Haley Henrichs finished one-for-two, and Hannah Sayles had a one-for-three day.
Jackie Skoglund took the pitching loss for green-clad Paynesville. Megan Schaefer also pitched.

Tigers 8, BOLD 0
The Tigers downed the BOLD Warriors Monday despite not exactly knocking the cover off the ball. The Tigers were outhit 5-3 but they found other sources of momentum. They were resourceful.
Mackenzie Weatherly had a double to account for one of the three MACA hits. She knocked in two runs with that blast.
But Weatherly's main heroics are usually reserved for the pitching rubber. This day was no exception. Again she worked the whole way.
The senior had opposing batters frustrated most of the time - a typical situation. On this day the opposition was set down on strikes 12 times. BOLD received just two walks.
BOLD had the superior hit total, slightly, but they managed only one real threat. The bases got loaded with Warriors in the fourth. They took advantage of some (rare) wildness by Weatherly and a hit by Brittany Dahlk. There was one out.
But the door got slammed. Weatherly bore down to get a pop fly and strikeout.
Dahlk finished the day with two of BOLD's hits.
BOLD pitcher Brittany Nissen allowed just the three hits but there were other problems befalling BOLD. Like, eight walks issued and three errors.
The errors explain why only three of MACA's eight runs were earned.
The Tigers for their part fielded like a winner: just one error.
The score stood 3-0 until the sixth when MACA got the skids greased for a five-run rally.
Weatherly was one of three Tigers hitting safely. Haley Scheldorf went one-for-four and drove in a run. Sadie Fischer had one hit in three at-bats for the hosts.
The win vaulted the Tigers to the ten-win plateau in overall W/L.
More good things were in store on Tuesday. (Now, let's get the temperature bumped up a little)
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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