The Tigers have been scoring runs in bunches in the post-season. The offense of coach Mark Torgerson's crew has been most robust.
On Saturday (6/1) the pattern continued, this time at the expense of Pipestone. Amidst strong wind (a norm of the 2013 spring), the orange and black put eleven runs on the scoreboard.
The momentum took hold in the fourth inning when four runs came in. The other big inning was the seventh: five runs scored.
The 11-2 win kept MACA on a roll as the post-season keeps building toward a climax. Now the Tigers are preparing for the losers bracket final, set for tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4) in Marshall. The opponent is Fairmont, another foe from southern Minnesota (at the Iowa border in fact). Game-time is 7 p.m.
If the Tigers win, they'll play Luverne Thursday in the section final.
The Tigers scored their eleven runs vs. Pipestone on just six hits. Pipestone was held to four. And Pipestone had its share of fielding woes with five errors, while MACA was flawless in the field. Sacrifices were instrumental in the MACA success.
Jacob Torgerson and Mac Beyer did the Tigers' pitching. Jake was the pitcher of record with his six innings pitched, in which he overwhelmed a number of Pipestone batters, striking out eight. He walked just one while giving up four hits.
Beyer hurled for an inning and gave up no runs and no hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Six different Tigers had the six hits. Tanner Picht scored two runs. Tyler Henrichs knocked in three runs. Logan Manska scored three runs and drove in one. Beyer, Chandler Erickson and Lincoln Berget each had a hit.
Four players hit safely for Pipestone: Alex Ossefoort, Damian Skyberg, Gunner Manderscheid and Trav Thomssen.
Coach Torgerson was quoted in the Willmar newspaper saying: "With it being windy, we played good small ball, and we took advantage of their errors."
The win was No. 17 on the season for the orange and black who are clearly on a roll in 3AA play.
Grand slam in May 30 win
Tyler Henrichs was in a grand slam mood on Thursday, May 30. The Tiger student-athlete came through in a dramatic way with a dinger with the bases full. This was in the MACA baseball team's 11-1 win over New London-Spicer. It was a Section 3AA losers bracket game and resulted in NL-Spicer being eliminated.
Meanwhile, Henrichs and his Tiger mates could savor their 16th win of the season against just three losses. Their Thursday success was in Marshall.
Henrichs connected for his grand slam in the third inning. The homer highlighted a nine-run rally that made it pretty certain MACA would be the victor. The Tigers had scored two runs in the second. Their final line score was a superb eleven runs, ten hits and no errors. The Wildcats hurt themselves with four errors.
The Wildcats were also limited to four hits in the face of quality pitching by Jacob Torgerson and Bryce Jergenson. The two only had to pitch a total of five innings due to the ten-run rule. Torgerson fanned three batters. Jergenson finished things up and set down one batter on strikes in his one inning, walking none and allowing no hits.
The losing pitcher was Lucas Nordmeyer.
Henrichs' big blast was part of a two-for-three boxscore line. He scored two runs to go with his four RBIs.
Lincoln Berget's bat was sizzling with three-for-three numbers and three RBIs. Jergenson picked up an RBI as part of going two-for-three.
Chandler Erickson went two-for-three and scored two runs. Tanner Picht had a hit and an RBI, and Torgerson had an RBI and two runs scored.
Ryan Vraa had two hits for the loser. (It's kind of nice to refer to New London-Spicer as the loser. It'd be nice to do that more often in football and basketball.)
Tigers 6, BOLD 5 (on May 23)
The Tigers met the Warriors of BOLD in a clash of conference kingpins on Thursday, May 23. This game closed out the regular season and it had a suspenseful air.
MACA nearly closed out this game in the regulation seven innings, but they'd have to work a little harder. The BOLD Warriors, champs of the WCC-South, rallied to tie the score in the top of the seventh. So, the score is 5-5. The Tigers, tops in the WCC-North, ended up tops in this game by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Coach Torgerson's crew prevailed 6-5 for win No. 13, thus getting an infusion of confidence going into the post-season.
BOLD batted in the top of the eighth and went down 1-2-3 against hurler Chandler Erickson, who had put his pitching arm to work in the sixth.
Tom Holland worked the pitcher for a walk to start the bottom of the eighth. Jake Torgerson laid down a bunt that got the fleet Holland to third. Up to bat comes Bryce Jergenson who lofted a sacrifice fly to center. The Tigers could celebrate! They could feel like the cream of the crop in the WCC.
Success came despite being out-hit by BOLD 13-7.
Errors cropped up for both teams - three by MACA and four by BOLD.
Bryce Jergenson rapped two hits in three at-bats and drove in a run. Lincoln Berget, Tom Holland and Tyler Henrichs each went one-for-three. Holland drove in a run. Henrichs' hit was a double and this Tiger crossed home plate twice.
Tanner Picht added a double to the mix. Chandler Erickson went one-for-four with an RBI.
It was Erickson getting the pitching win with his stint of three innings. Brett Grund was the losing pitcher.
Riley Kramer was a BOLD hitting standout with a three-for-four showing including a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Viva Morris Area Chokio Alberta baseball for the 2013 spring (and now summer)!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com