So, the most recent action to catch up on, is the MACA victories over ACGC on Thursday (4/26). Baseball and softball went well for Morris Area Chokio Alberta. Both of these affairs were Tigers vs. Falcons.
The cats ruled.
Softball: Tigers 9, ACGC 5
The softball story included a very clutch hit by Holly Amundson. Amundson waved her stick at the plate with the score tied five-all. It was a prime RBI opportunity.
The fans in Grove City held their breath as they watched Falcon outfielder Paige Wilner try to catch up with a drive off Amundson's bat. It was hit authoritatively. Wilner made a game effort to snag the ball and register an out. The ball glanced off her glove.
Amudson ended up at second base with a double. She had cleared the bases, giving her team an 8-5 lead. The Tigers went on to win 9-5 in this WCC-South action.
Amundson's hit came in the sixth inning. Those runs were added to one in the first and two each in the second and third. The Tigers' final run was scored in the seventh.
The MACA line score was nine runs, 12 hits and three errors. The ACGC numbers were 5-2-1.
ACGC had one big inning offensively, the fourth, in which all five of their runs scored. A dropped third strike and an error helped ACGC in that fourth inning. Also, Hanna Lang connected for a two-run single.
McKenzie VanBatavia pitched the whole way for MACA, fanning six batters, walking two and giving up just two hits. Lang and Sydney Larson were the Falcons hitting safely. Two of the runs VanBatavia allowed were unearned.
It was Larson pitching for the host Falcons, route-going, and she had her share of rough spots, giving up 12 hits and walking four. Three of the runs she allowed were unearned. She struck out four batters.
VanBatavia was a factor offensively with a hit and two RBIs. There were four Tigers with multiple-hit games: Tracy Meichsner (two-for-five), Sadie Fischer (two-for-three), Steph Hennen (two-for-three with an RBI) and Olivia Reimers (two-for-four). Amundson had that one decisive hit.
Brooke Johnson hit safely as did Nicole Strobel with a triple.
Baseball: Tigers 13, ACGC 2
The Tigers' bats were smoking in the MACA Tigers' baseball win over ACGC Thursday. The Tigers pulled up to .500 in conference won-lost, at 3-3. Their 13-2 win over the Falcons, here, saw all nine starters connect for at least one hit.
There was no better way to enjoy an April afternoon in Morris.
The game was supposed to be a prelude to a weekend full of home action. Alas, the weather dealt a roadblock. It seemed almost wintry on Saturday. Such is the nature of a Minnesota spring: unsure of itself.
The first two innings were pretty quiet offensively. The Tigers found themselves down 2-1.
The complexion of the game changed markedly in the third. The Tigers teed off vs. David Kinzler, who would take the loss. In all, six runs came home for the orange and black in the third.
It was ditto in the fourth with six more runs coming in, setting the stage for the ten-run rule, keeping the game to five innings.
The Tigers' game-total 13 hits were complemented by a nice big "zero" in the errors category. The ACGC line score was two runs, seven hits and five errors.
The ten-run rule made the work easier for MACA pitcher Mac Beyer. Beyer pitched the full five to notch the 'W', striking out three batters, walking two and allowing seven hits. The two ACGC runs were earned.
ACGC's Kinzler got the hook in favor of Jordan Nelson.
A whole lot of Tigers can be reviewed in the hitting category. Beyer made his presence felt going two-for-four with both his hits doubles. He drove in two runs and scored two.
Brody Bahr socked a pair of hits in three at-bats, plus he drove in a run and scored two. Chandler Erickson had a two-for-three afternoon scoring two runs and driving in one. Jake Torgerson picked up an RBI while going two-for-three.
The hit parade was joined by: Tom Holland (one-for-three, two RBIs), Tanner Picht (a double in three at-bats), Tyler Henrichs (one-for-two, two runs and an RBI), Jordan Staples (one-for-three with an RBI) and Lincoln Berget (one-for-two, two runs and an RBI).
Dylan Hoerchler had two hits for the Falcons.
Satisfying as the Thursday win was, the Tigers realize they need more of same to get to .500 in overall won-lost. They owned a 3-5 overall mark coming out of Thursday.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com