Thursday, April 26, 2012
Boys win, girls defeated vs. Sting of YME
Chandler Erickson wielded a hot bat Tuesday (4/24) in the MACA baseball team's home success.
The Tigers, who have sputtered through much of early-season play, looked quite healthy with their caliber on Tuesday. It was a most pleasant April day for the diamond sport.
Erickson and Tanner Picht attacked the YME pitching for three hits each. They put on an offensive clinic in MACA's 8-4 win over the YME Sting.
The Tigers had 12 hits total. Just as pleasing was the mere one error. YME was hurt by four fielding miscues.
One of Erickson's hits was a triple. He had a three-for-four showing in the boxscore with five RBIs. Picht rapped his three hits in four at-bats and crossed home plate twice.
Tom Holland went two-for-four with two runs scored. Brody Bahr connected for two hits in three at-bats and drove in a run.
Tyler Henrichs picked up an RBI in his one-for-four showing. Jake Torgerson came through at one-for-three.
The score was 1-1 when Erickson strode to the plate and singled with two outs to give Morris Area Chokio Alberta the lead at 3-1. The Tigers broke the game open in the fifth, again with Erickson having an instrumental role. This time he tripled to drive in two runs.
In all the Tigers scored five runs in the fifth, seizing an 8-1 lead. YME scored one run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Jake Torgerson came on in pitching relief for starter and winner Sam Mattson. Torgerson struck out the side in his one inning as the closer, despite the fact YME pushed two runs in. He allowed no hits and walked one.
Mattson hurled for six innings and had to deal with baserunners a lot. Fortunately the Tiger offense gave more than ample support for the hurlers. Mattson struck out five batters and walked four in his six innings. YME hit safely off him eight times, and the four runs they scored were earned.
Aaron Zieske struggled as YME's starting pitcher and he was relieved by Brendon Steckelberg.
Austin Thorstad highlighted YME's offense with a two-for-three line and three runs-batted-in.
Softball: YME 2, Tigers 1
The MACA girls were dealt their first defeat of the 2012 spring Tuesday (4/24). They had won five times previously.
On Tuesday the pitching of YME's Allie Trudel was just a little too commanding. The only run that Trudel allowed was unearned. She struck out four Tiger batters, walked one and allowed five hits in YME's 2-1 win in Granite Falls.
The Tigers outhit the Sting 5-3. Each team committed three errors.
Trudel out-dueled the MACA ace, McKenzie VanBatavia. VanBatavia fanned five batters but showed some wildness, walking five. She gave up three hits in her six innings.
One of YME's runs was unearned.
Trudel and VanBatavia battled through 3 1/2 scoreless innings, before YME got untracked for what would prove to be the decisive rally in the fourth. Angie Scheffler singled off VanBatavia. Kendra Sander walked.
VanBatavia was then able to get two outs before things unraveled a little for MACA. An infield error was costly. Other damage was done by Nena McCall's single to right-center.
The Tigers showed signs of fighting back when, in the fifth, Tracy Meichsner connected with a Trudel delivery to single, driving in Nicole Strobel who had gotten on via error.
The Yellow Medicine East fans endured a little suspense in the seventh when MACA threatened with two runners in scoring position. Trudel bore down and got a strikeout for the game's final out.
Holly Amundson seemed to have Trudel figured out as she rapped two hits. The other Tiger hits were by Meichsner, Sadie Fischer and Brooke Johnson.
The YME hits were by McCall, Courtney Hinz and Scheffler.
The Tigers and Sting are both members of the WCC-South Conference.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com