If it's any day other than Wednesday, you can bet that either or both of these winning Tiger teams will be entertaining fans, hopefully at home.
Softball: Tigers 12, YME 0
Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball was on the road Thursday and they found it to be a friendly place. The softball Tigers notched their third shutout win of the week - wow!
The pitcher at the fore of this dominance is Mackenzie Weatherly. Weatherly struck out ten batters and walked none in the Tigers' 12-0 win over Yellow Medicine East.
This game seemed over after the first inning. The Tigers shot out front 8-0. Their other four runs came home in the fourth.
The MACA line score was an impressive 12 runs, 14 hits and one error. The YME Sting managed just three hits and committed three errors.
Coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers came out of the day with a 12-1 overall record and 10-0 in conference.
Weatherly had no trouble making her presence known with the bat. She connected for a pair of doubles.
Sadie Fischer was a force with three hits in four at-bats including a double, and this Tiger scored two runs and drove in two. Hannah Sayles was a perfect two-for-two including a double, and she drove in two runs.
Haley Henrichs went two-for-three with two RBIs. Beth Holland came through at two-for-three in the boxscore and she picked up an RBI.
Courtney Ehleringer picked up an RBI with her one-for-three numbers. Dani Schultz drove in a run as part of going one-for-four.
Haley Scheldorf had one hit in three at-bats.
The three Sting players who managed hits off Weatherly were Nena McCalla, Jennessa Hoffman and Allie Trudel.
The losing pitcher was Taylor Bruflat.
Baseball: Tigers 6, YME 4
The MACA baseball Tigers, who were dealt their first loss of the spring on Tuesday, got back in the winning groove Thursday. Playing in Granite Falls, coach Lyle Rambow's Tigers came from behind to beat the YME Sting 6-4.
The success kept MACA in a tie for first in the WCC-South.
The top of the fifth was pivotal. Taylor Hufford showed clutch poise at the plate. Hufford connected for a single that drove in two runs. MACA now had the lead.
The Sting were hurt by losing all of their momentum after the first inning. They came on like gangbusters in the first only to be stymied after that.
It was a day for Tiger Tyler Hansen to shine. He handled the bat with authority just like he does the hockey stick in winter.
Tyler connected for two hits in four at-bats including a double. He crossed home plate twice.
On the pitching mound, Hansen picked up the win with five and a third innings, in which he fanned four batters, walked three and allowed three hits and four runs (earned).
Eric Riley made a mound appearance to get the save. Eric worked an efficient 1 2/3 innings, striking out one batter, walking two and allowing one hit and no runs.
Derek Dyrdahl was the losing pitcher.
Eric Riley had two hits in four at-bats for the Tigers. Ryan Beyer connected for a double and drove in a run.
Hufford's boxscore numbers were one-for-two and two RBIs. Other Tigers with hits were Alex Erickson, Cole Riley and Ethan Bruer.
Luke Stevens led the Sting's hitting with a two-for-three performance, a double and two RBIs.
The Tigers came out of the day with a 10-1 overall record and 6-1 showing in league.
Baseball: Paynesville 4, Tigers 3
The Tigers hosted Paynesville Tuesday and found victory elusive, due largely to the pitching of Bulldog Jason Kampsen. Kampsen struck out 12 batters and was a terror at bat too, slugging two home runs as his Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-3.
MACA pitcher Alex Erickson bore down on the mound and allowed no hits over the last four innings. But MACA couldn't get untracked well enough vs. Kampsen.
Kampsen showed his homer bat in the first inning, connecting for a solo job, and hit a two-run blast in the third.
It was excruciating for the home Tiger fans to see their team leave the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings. Kampsen fanned a batter to get the game's final out.
Tyler Hansen wielded a homer bat for the Tigers. His blast came in the first inning. He finished the day three-for-three as Kampsen didn't seem to cast any spell on him.
Ryan Beyer wasn't fazed either and this Tiger had two doubles in three at-bats and scored two runs. Eric Riley went one-for-three.
Alex Erickson fanned eight batters and walked none in his complete game performance. One of Paynesville's runs was unearned.
The Tigers were hurt by three errors while Paynesville committed one.
It's feeling more like late-spring (or early-summer) today (Friday)!
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - email@example.com