The explosive homer bats of Ryan Beyer and Brady Valnes turned things around in a positive way for MACA on Friday, May 6. The Tigers were looking at a one-run deficit in the fifth, versus ACGC, when the big bats erupted.
First it was Ryan Beyer sending the ball over the fence. That same inning saw Brady Valnes connect for a majestic two-run blast, helping vault the Tigers to an eventual 11-5 win.
In all the Tigers scored five runs in the fifth. They scored two more in the sixth and didn't have to bat in the seventh of this home WCC-South game.
The success got coach Lyle Rambow's squad to the ten-win plateau (10-1).
Mitch Kill picked up the pitching win in relief. He struck out three batters and allowed two hits in his stint of three innings.
Matt Lembcke was the starting pitcher and worked three innings, fanning one batter and allowing four hits. Ethan Bruer wrapped up the pitching work, fanning two batters and allowing no runs in his one inning.
The Tigers scored their eleven runs on 12 hits.
Beyer had a memorable day with the stick, and there were other highlights for him besides his dinger. Beyer was two-for-two with his other hit a double, and he scored three runs.
Valnes' home run was part of a two-for-three showing by this Tiger, and his RBI total was three.
Tyler Hansen's bat made noise as this Tiger came at the Falcons with a double and triple in three at-bats. Hansen's RBI harvest was three.
Cole Riley went two-for-three including a double and he drove in a run. Eric Riley added to the mix with a double. Taylor Hufford went one-for-four with an RBI.
Mitch Kill complemented his pitching work with two hits in three at-bats.
The Tigers survived four errors, the same total as ACGC.
Michael Kramer hit a two-run double for the Falcons during their four-run second inning, when they achieved a temporary lead.
Softball: Tigers 5, ACGC 2
MACA looked like it might win in routine fashion through five innings of this Friday, May 6, road game against ACGC. The Tigers scored two runs in that span, one each in the first and fifth.
That might be enough on many afternoons for MACA ace pitcher Mackenzie Weatherly. The 2-0 score might be secure.
But the Falcons got to Weatherly for two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jacey Nelson and Natasha Dallmann drove in those ACGC runs.
Weatherly helped put the Tigers on top again in the seventh, using the bat. It was just a ground ball but it was good for getting a run in. Katie Holzheimer, who was on base with her third hit of the day, scored the go-ahead run.
Haley Scheldorf wielded an RBI bat in the seventh too.
Now Weatherly had a little cushion again and she polished things off.
Weatherly struck out ten Falcons in another route-going effort. She walked three batters and allowed four hits. One of the ACGC runs was unearned.
Sydney Larson was tagged with the pitching loss.
Weatherly made noise with her bat in the first inning, doubling to score Dani Schultz who had also doubled. In all the Tigers pounded out 12 hits, and their fielding won a decent grade (one error).
The 5-2 triumph lifted Morris Area Chokio Alberta to a 12-1 overall record. Their conference mark was kept unblemished at 11-0.
Jacey Nelson had two of the four ACGC hits. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City came out of the day at .500 in both conference and overall.
Holzheimer finished three-for-four and Weatherly at one-for-three. Dani Schultz had another productive day at the plate, with two hits (one a double) in three at-bats, and an RBI.
Hannah Sayles rapped out two hits in three at-bats. The following Tigers went one-for-four: Sadie Fischer, Haley Scheldorf, Kelsey DeCamp and Courtney Ehleringer.
Hey, we've gotten some summer-like weather now!
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - email@example.com