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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beyer, Picht sock homers in 14-12 win

Runs were aplenty in the MACA baseball Tigers' Thursday (5/2) game at Paynesville. The Tigers plated runs in six of the seven innings. It was quite the onslaught and it was needed, considering that the Bulldogs were doing well scoring too.
The green-clad Bulldogs led 9-5 after three innings. The fourth frame was decisive. MACA erupted for five runs and went on to add two each in the fifth and sixth, en route to a 14-12 win.
It was win No. 5 on the season against zero losses.
Click on the permalink below to read about the Tigers' wins over YME and Minnewaska. This post also includes reviews of two MACA softball games - a win and a loss. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
The orange and black cause pounded out 13 hits in the Thursday baseball success. But we were actually outdone by Paynesville who had 15 hits.
The Bulldogs have had more trouble getting their season going in this late spring of 2013; Thursday's game was just their third.
Mac Beyer made a big statement for Morris Area Chokio Alberta in the first frame: a two-run homer blast.
That big fourth inning had a homer bat showcased again. The stage was set with two bases on balls. Up to bat comes Tanner Picht who has put aside his hockey skates for a while. Picht came through with quite a "slap shot," as it were, delivering a three-run home run.
The Tigers hit safely often but also took advantage of many walks, 13 in all. The error totals were four for MACA and three for Paynesville.
Logan Manska was the winning pitcher and Tanner Harder was tagged with the loss.
Picht's home run was part of a two-for-four boxscore line. Beyer's blast highlighted a three-for-four showing in the stats. Beyer complemented that blow with two doubles, and his RBI harvest was five.
Two other Tigers finished two-for-four: Chandler Erickson and Jacob Torgerson. Torgerson drove in two runs and had a double in the mix. Manska had two hits in as many at-bats. Bryce Jergenson and Tyler Henrichs each had a hit with Henrichs' being a double.
The Paynesville hitting standouts were Nathan Meyer and Matthew Quade.
Softball: Paynesville 8, Tigers 2
The softball story had a different tone for MACA Thursday, a losing one, as the green-clad Bulldogs came here and prevailed 8-2.
Errors took a toll. The MACA line score included four errors. The Tigers did outhit Paynesville 7-5. But the error bugaboo opened the door for three unearned runs coming in for Paynesville over the first three innings.
McKenzie Van Batavia was on the pitching rubber for the orange and black. The winning pitcher was Megan Schaefer.
MACA wasn't able to break through to score until the seventh inning. Paynesville exploited errors to build a 4-0 lead over the first three innings. Paynesville went on to score one run in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Allie Stanger helped apply an exclamation point for the victor with a double in the seventh. Paynesville was able to survive three errors of their own.
Paynesville's win was its fifth in as many games. MACA came out of the day at 4-2.
A pair of Tigers each had two hits: Brooke Johnson with two hits in four at-bats, and Bri Abril at two-for-three with an RBI. Other Tigers hitting safely were Van Batavia, Abby Olson (a double), Nicole Strobel and Megan Gillespie.
Let's see the door opened for more mild, spring-like weather!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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