"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

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)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Picht's timely double helps lift MACA

Tanner Picht's hitting eye was sound in the sixth inning of the Tigers' Thursday (5/9) game against Minnewaska Area.
Picht delivered a most timely double. It was good for bringing three runs across to score. This was in the Tigers' 8-1 win over the Lakers, the ninth win thus far against zero losses. The streaking Tigers are making us forget about the late spring.
Let me slip in a brief non-sports note: I invite you to view the collector's display at our Morris Public Library where some of my old vinyl records and jackets can be seen, including the first Beatles' release in the USA. I write about this on my companion website, "Morris Of Course." You may click on the permalink below. Thanks for reading. - BW.
Tigers 8, Minnewaska 1
Picht's double was part of a six-run rally that put the orange and black in the driver's seat. The Tigers scored one run each in the first and sixth. Their line score was 8-9-1.
Mac Beyer stood out on the pitching rubber and with the stick. Beyer pitched the full seven innings, setting down ten Laker batters on strikes. He allowed just three hits and the one Laker run. His walk total: zero. Offensively he stoked the Tigers' cause with a double as part of a two-for-four boxscore line. He drove in a run.
Picht finished at two-for-four with three RBIs. Chandler Erickson was a perfect two-for-two and drove in a run. Tigers with one hit each were Bryce Jergenson, Logan Manska and Tyler Henrichs.
Lakers hitting safely were Tyler Nielsen, Luke Nielsen and Matt Paulson. the losing pitcher was Riley Thompson who struck out two batters and walked three.
MACA coach Mark Torgerson will surely keep smiling if his pitchers can keep putting up the kind of numbers Beyer did Thursday: zero walks and ten strikeouts! No sign of rustiness from the late spring, to be sure.
Softball: Tigers 5, BOLD 0
Thursday was indeed a highlight-filled day for the MACA diamond teams. The Tigers won in shutout fashion on the softball diamond. The score was 5-0 as MACA turned back the BOLD Warriors.
McKenzie Van Batavia tossed a three-hitter gem, setting down 12 BOLD batters on strikes in the process. She walked just two and gave up a mere three hits. She out-dueled Morgan Flann of BOLD.
Van Batavia made her presence felt with the bat too. She went one-for-four with a run scored. Becca Holland also went one-for-four and stole two bases. Sadie Fischer contributed a stolen base as part of her one-for-four day.
Brooke Johnson went two-for-three and crossed home plate once. Nicole Strobel added to the mix with her one-for-three line along with an RBI and run scored.
Steph Hennen socked a double, drove in two runs and scored one. Brianna Abril went one-for-three with an RBI and stolen base.
The BOLD players hitting safely were Taylor Ebnet, Lauren Kopel and Peyton Weis.
MACA coach Mary Holmberg had to smile about the zero errors her team committed.
Baseball: Tigers 6, New London-Spicer 3
The home diamond was a place of triumph for the Morris Area Chokio Alberta baseball boys on Monday, May 6.
Fielding was a big factor. The Tigers may have gotten out-hit 8-6 by the visiting Wildcats of New London-Spicer, but nearly-flawless fielding offset that. The numbers: MACA with just one error and the Wildcats with six.
The Tigers improved to 7-0 on the season with this 6-3 triumph.
The NL-Spicer fielding problems led to three unearned runs coming in for MACA. The hard-luck NL-Spicer pitcher was Lucas Nordmeyer. Nordmeyer showed pluses in his day's performance, striking out four  batters and walking none.
The fourth inning was pivotal in favor of MACA. Four runs came in to hike the team's run total to six. Two runs had scored in the third inning.
Six Tigers each had one hit in the boxscore. Let's review the balanced attack: Tanner Picht (a triple and an RBI), Tom Holland (one-for-three and a ribbie), Chandler Erickson (one-for-three), Jacob Torgerson (one-for-three and an RBI), Lincoln Berget (a hit in two at-bats and a ribbie) and Tyler Henrichs (one-for-three).
Karl Meyer was on the mound with six and one-third innings of hurling, fanning five batters, walking two and allowing eight hits. Bryce Jergenson had his pitching arm called on for the save.
Jarrett Hatlestad was productive as NL-Spicer's leadoff batsman, going three-for-four but failing to get in to score. Wildcat Grant Vagle posted two-for-four numbers.
Softball: defeat vs. Sauk Centre
Friday (5/10) had a down note, two actually, for MACA Tiger softball. It was a day of doubleheader diamond action. The Tigers squared off vs. the Streeters of Sauk Centre.
MACA made a good bid at winning game #1 but the final was a 4-3 score, MACA trailing. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and held that lead through two. Sauk Centre answered with a four-run third inning that made the difference.
MACA scored its third run in the third. But there were nothing but zeroes after that.
The Tigers outhit the Streeters 7-4 but this was offset by the fielding column. We see the telling stat of five errors by the Tigers. This explains why all four of the runs allowed by pitcher McKenzie Van Batavia were unearned. Sauk Centre committed just one error.
Van Batavia struck out four batters and walked one in her six innings. The winning pitcher was Jordy Gamradt.
Chelsey Ehleringer had two hits in four at-bats for the Tigers. She scored one of the first inning runs.
Becca Holland scored the other run in the first and this Tiger went one-for-three. Becca was actually one of five Tigers going one-for-three. She was joined by Van Batavia, Abby Olson, Brooke Johnson and Nicole Strobel. Johnson scored the Tigers' third inning run.
For Sauk Centre, Becca Moe tripled and Amanda Kulzer doubled.
The game #2 story was an 8-2 defeat for the Tigers. Ehleringer and Olson scored the MACA runs. The Tiger bats were largely silent - just two hits produced, by Holland and Van Batavia.
Van Batavia and Bri Abril shared the MACA pitching. The winning pitcher for Sauk Centre was Colleen LuGrain.
Both teams were sloppy at times fielding. Sauk Centre had a hit total of seven.
I'm typing this on Saturday which is a day marked by hurricane-force wind, or so it seems. Bad timing for the UMM graduation. We'd really like to sense summertime soon!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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