Softball stood out in particular, with not one win but two. Not only that, the two wins came in shutout style. Not only that, pitcher McKenzie Van Batavia threw a no-hitter gem! The site was the Benson diamond. There, coach Mary Holmberg's girls took the field to face the Brave-Owls of Benson-Hancock.
I never expected the Benson-Hancock pairing arrangement to last this long. A pairing with Morris would seem more logical for the Hancock student-athletes, IMHO. I'm old enough that I covered the old Hancock Owls (by themselves) in softball for the local print media.
The Benson and Hancock athletes together were no match for the fired-up orange and black crew on Thursday. Game #1 was when Van Batavia tossed her gem: no hits allowed. She struck out five batters and walked none in this 5-0 MACA triumph. The losing pitcher was Kayla Jones.
The sixth inning arrived with MACA clinging to a 1-0 lead. MACA got some cushion in that sixth frame, to the tune of four runs.
MACA finished with five runs, six hits and one error, while B-H had a 0-0-3 line score.
Brooke Johnson had two of the Tigers' hits. Sadie Fischer, Abby Olson, Nicole Strobel and Brianna Abril each had one. Olson's hit was a double and she drove in a run.
On to game #2: Van Batavia gave her pitching arm a rest. On came Brianna Abril and this Tiger tossed a shutout in the 7-0 win. Abril's three-hitter included just one walk issued. She was an offensive force with two hits off her bat.
Johnson had two hits to mirror her game #1 performance. Van Batavia and Olson each went one-for-three with Olson driving in a run. Abril went two-for-two with an RBI.
In the pitching circle, Abril struck out one batter and walked one in her complete game performance.
B-H's Jones was relieved by Brittney Kurkosky.
This was a close game through four innings before Morris Area Chokio Alberta rallied for five runs in the fifth, pretty much assuring the win.
Jones had two of the three B-H hits and Holly Ricard had the other.
Click on the permalink below to read about the Tigers' Monday and Tuesday games - softball and baseball. This post covers the softball doubleheader vs. Montevideo (a split), the baseball team's 20-0 rout of Monte, the 9-6 softball triumph over Melrose, and the baseball setback vs. Marshall (2-1). This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Baseball: Tigers 10, Sauk Centre 0
The Thursday story included this commanding win by the baseball Tigers over the Streeters of Sauk Centre. The success came on eight hits.
The Tigers played errorless ball. Mac Beyer tossed the shutout, fanning six batters, walking one and allowing five hits. Will Funk was on the losing end.
Offensively, Chandler Erickson was at the fore of the attack with three-for-three numbers, two runs scored and two ribbies. Tanner Picht had two hits in four at-bats and crossed home plate twice.
Tyler Henrichs picked up an RBI with his one-for-three showing. Tom Holland went one-for-two with three RBIs. Denny Tracy was one-for-one.
The Tigers scored five runs over the first four innings and then had a big five-run sixth.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com