Two runs were enough for the Morris Area Chokio Alberta baseball boys Tuesday vs. Melrose. Those runs were both scored in the third inning of this efficiently played game (an hour and 15 minutes in duration).
It was a day for Bryce Jergenson to shine. Bryce had three hits total and doubled as the first batter in that decisive third. Lincoln Berget came up to bat and showed a patient stance which was his habit for the day. Lincoln would draw three walks. One of those was in the third and fueled that rally. Logan Manska performed a sacrifice. Tom Holland grounded out but this brought Jergenson in to score. Berget scored the second run in this nickel-and-dime rally. He came in on a wild pitch.
MACA led 2-0 and this would stand up as the final score. This was win No. 8 for the high-flying orange and black crew.
Coach Mark Torgerson is beaming about this success and the fact we're now fully into spring, following the unusually long winter. A few stubborn snowdrifts can still be seen out and about as I write this.
The Tigers played errorless ball while Melrose had one error.
Jergenson had a perfect three-for-three boxscore line. Tyler Henrichs had two hits in three at-bats, and Chandler Erickson came through at one-for-three.
Jacob Torgerson pitched the whole way, out-dueling Mitch Reller of the Dutchmen. Torgerson allowed just four hits and walked none in this crisp performance (just 76 pitches). He set down six Dutchmen on strikes.
None of the Dutchmen had multiple hits.
Softball: on short end vs. 'Waska
The MACA softball girls were snakebit vs. Minnewaska Area over two days this past week.
The games had a contrasting complexion. The Lakers showed a very robust offense in the first of these wins over our Tigers. The Monday story had 'Waska pounding 14 hits and scoring 13 runs.
That offense was blunted on Tuesday but it still generated two runs which proved to be enough. The Lakers defeated the orange and black 2-1 on Tuesday.
On Monday the final score was 13-2. Minnewaska got going with three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth. The "Waska bats resonated with 14 hits. Both teams committed three errors. Four Tigers each had one hit: Brianna Abril, Becca Holland, Abby Olson and Sadie Fischer. Abril's hit was a double.
MACA scored one run each in the first and seventh. McKenzie Van Batavia and Abril did the Tigers' pitching. The winning pitcher was Mady Phillips who fanned eight.
Phillips made a statement with her bat too, socking three doubles. Laker Julie Helander connected for a three-run home run in the fourth inning. She nearly hit for the cycle, and she posted five RBIs.
On to the Tuesday story: The Lakers had to stay totally focused through the full seven innings, because there would be no offensive outburst as on Monday. Minnewaska took a 2-0 lead in the third. The Tigers plated one run in the fourth but could manage no more scoring.
Van Batavia did all the Tigers' pitching and she allowed just four hits while fanning two and walking two. Both of the runs she allowed were unearned. The Tigers committed two errors and the Lakers one.
Phillips pitched this game for 'Waska too. Phillips scattered seven hits while striking out three batters and walking none. She got the "W" next to her name.
Offensively, Van Batavia and Sadie Fischer each had a two-for-three showing to lead coach Mary Holmberg's squad. Other Tigers hitting safely were Brianna Abril, Becca Holland and Abby Olson (with an RBI).
Lexi Amundson had two hits for the Lakers.
Van Batavia scored the lone MACA run after she singled and stole second in the fourth. Olson singled her in.
The Lakers' success in the third came on a well-hit ball to the outfield off Julie Helander's bat, and a ground ball that stymied the MACA defense. Phillips and Amundson scored for Minnewaska Area.
Baseball: Tigers 11, Montevideo 1
The baseball Tigers were totally in the groove on Friday, May 3, in downing Montevideo. This was the Tigers' sixth win against no losses.
Mac Beyer contributed a lot to the win, pitching the whole way and homering in the first inning. "The whole way" was just five innings. Yes, the ten-run rule was in effect in this 11-1 MACA triumph.
Beyer struck out seven, walked two and allowed six hits. Beyer's round-tripper was a two-run job.
Tanner Picht had two hits in four at-bats and drove in three runs. Jake Torgerson was a perfect two-for-two and drove in a run. Tyler Henrichs had a two-for-four day.
The MACA line score was eleven runs, eight hits and one error. The Monte line was 1-6-2.
A pair of Thunder Hawks each had two his: Zac Enevoldsen and Ricky Schmitz. The losing pitcher was Josh Henderson.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org