It was mission accomplished for both squads in terms of garnering the win.
Softball: Tigers 17, LQPV 1
Coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers scored early and often in getting an advantage vs. the Eagles in the usually-windy Eagle country.
Lifted by a big second inning in particular, the softball Tigers assumed command, winning in the end 17-1.
The second inning rally generated six runs. By itself that rally was enough to back the pitching of Mackenzie Van Batavia who is getting established as the MACA ace.
The ten-run rule kept this game shorter than the standard length. So, Van Batavia taxed her pitching arm for just five innings.
On this day she allowed a mere three hits while amassing a fine strikeout total of eleven. She walked five batters, and the one run she allowed was earned.
Her pitching opponent was Alyssa Harms who worked the full five despite getting roughed up. Just eleven of the 17 runs that Harms allowed were earned.
Lac qui Parle committed three errors.
The MACA line score was 17 runs, eleven hits and no errors. Errorless ball at this early stage of the season puts a smile on fans' faces to be sure.
The Tigers scored in every inning.
Van Batavia missed a shutout in the fifth when the Eagles pushed home their lone run. She wielded a potent bat to complement her pitching work. She pounded two hits in four at-bats and scored two runs.
Steph Hennen was a perfect two-for-two and crossed home plate three times. Tracey Meichsner was busy on the basepaths too, recording two hits in three at-bats and scoring three runs.
Olivia Reimers made noise with her bat, finishing three-for-four.
The LQPV hits were by McKenzie Long, Questa Stensrud and Kaylee Holtz.
Baseball: Tigers 5, LQPV 3
The baseball Tigers entertained fans at home with a 5-3 win. The Tigers outhit Lac qui Parle 9-4.
Pitching was at centerstage with Sam Mattson accomplishing a gem on the hill. Coach Mark Torgerson had to beam as Mattson set down 15 Eagle batters on strikes. Mattson finished with a four-hitter in this WCC-South triumph.
Not only is the 15 (K's) stat significant, Sam had a skein of eleven consecutive outs via strikeout. This began after LQPV got a run pushed across via wild pitch in the first.
Don't get the impression this win was a cakewalk. The visiting Eagles led 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Sam Haas, who wielded a potent bat for the visitor (two triples), raced home from third on a squeeze bunt, gaining LQPV that one-run edge. Colby Siegert was the Eagle who laid down that bunt.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up.
The sixth inning proved pivotal, as Mattson bore down to get a goose egg on the scoreboard and MACA rallied for two runs in the bottom. There would be no further scoring.
Jacob Torgerson gave fuel in the sixth rally, singling and then coming around on Bryce Jergenson's double. Tom Holland hit a fly ball deep enough to get a run in via sacrifice.
The MACA offensive highlights included a solo home run off Mac Beyer's bat.
The MACA line score was five runs, nine hits and two errors.
Holland had a two-for-three afternoon with two RBIs at Chizek Field. Chandler Erickson's bat resounded with a double as part of going two-for-three with an RBI.
Jacob Torgerson scored two runs to go with his two-for-three numbers. Tanner Picht had a one-for-four line in the boxscore.
Beyer with his homer and Jergenson with his double rounded out the hitting attack.
Mattson issued just one walk. He gave up four hits and three runs (two earned).
The losing pitcher was Brandon Bornhorst who worked the whole way, fanning five.
Haas had all but one of the LQPV hits. His three-for-four stats were complemented by two runs scored. Nathan Kelm had the other LQPV safety.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com