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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)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jergenson tosses gem, girls rally for win

Weather cooperated for the Tuesday, April 22, baseball game between the Tigers and Melrose. Weather has indeed been a hindrance. I'm writing this post on a very dreary and wet Thursday morning that suggests there will be no games today. Maybe we're all about to develop webbed feet.
This is my second MACA spring sports post.
Click on the permalink below to read about the following: the 11-3 softball win over Minneota on April 11, the 7-3 baseball win over Lac qui Parle on April 11, and the 5-4 softball win over BOLD on April 10. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks so much for dropping in. - B.W.
 
Baseball: Tigers 6, Melrose 0
Bryce Jergenson was a standout with his pitching arm in the 4/22 home win over the Dutchmen of Melrose. Fans at Chizek Field enjoyed the success.
Jergenson got all the offensive support he'd need in the first and second innings. The Tigers plated two runs in the first inning, three in the second. The Tigers' final run came home in the fourth. Melrose put up a string of zeroes against the most effective Jergenson.
Austin Schoenberg had the only Melrose hit off Jergenson. Schoenberg singled to left in the third. Melrose actually got the bases loaded in that inning. Jergenson bore down to escape the threat.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta scored its six runs on eight hits, and had a nice "zero" under errors. The Melrose line score was 0-1-2. Jergenson struck out seven batters in his seven innings. He walked three.
The losing pitcher was Ben Klaphake who got roughed up right away. Tyler Braegelman also pitched for Melrose.
Jergenson was a standout at bat also, going two-for-four with a double. He scored three runs. Noah Grove made noise offensively, doubling twice, driving in two runs and scoring two.
Corey Storck was a force, going a perfect two-for-two with an RBI and run scored. Nate Anderson had a double and drove in two runs. Gage Backman had a one-for-three afternoon with an RBI.
MACA entered mid-week with a 1-1 conference record, 2-1 overall.
It has been hard getting the outdoor spring sports season going. Maybe we all ought to continue indoor sports for this time of year.
 
Softball: Tigers 12, Melrose 5
The 12-5 score suggests this game was a cakewalk for the MACA softball Tigers. It's misleading. The game was close through six innings. In fact, MACA trailed by one run when coming to bat in the top of the seventh!
The seventh inning told the whole story in this game. The Tigers rallied for eight runs, taking charge in this 12-5 win over the Melrose Dutchmen at Melrose. MACA scored its 12 runs on 12 hits. The error total: three. The Melrose line score was 5-7-2.
MACA improved its season record to 4-1.
Melrose took a 2-1 lead in the first inning. MACA scored one run in the third and two in the fifth. Melrose kept pace with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Kayla Pring and Brianna Abril shared the MACA pitching load. Abril fanned five batters and got the win. Pring set down two batters on strikes.
Lauren Reimers was totally in the groove batting. She went three-for-three with two of her hits doubles, plus she drove in two runs. Becca Holland had two hits in three at-bats and drove in two runs.
Chelsey Ehleringer had a hit and an RBI. Abbie Olson went two-for-four with an RBI. Bobbi Jo Kurtz had a one-for-two afternoon. Brooke Johnson went one-for-three with two ribbies. Abril and Nicole Strobel both went one-for-four.
Kayla Austing and Madison Rausch each had two hits for Melrose. Justine Reverman and Holly Hillerman each had one hit.
Will the uncooperative weather now abate a little? We'd like to get truly into the swing of the 2014 spring schedule!
 
Softball: Tigers 20, NL-Spicer 3
New London-Spicer has the upper hand over MACA in girls basketball but not in softball. The Tigers came on very strong to defeat the Wildcats in April 21 play.
MACA achieved its third win of the season with a 20-3 romp over the Wildcats.
This game seemed over right out of the starting gate. Lauren Reimers connected for a three-run home run in the first inning. That blast was part of a crushing nine-run rally. Reimers would finish with six RBIs on the day. She was two-for-four in the boxscore.
Not only did the Tigers score 20 runs on their seven hits, they completed a most enviable line score with zero errors. The NL-Spicer line score numbers were 3-5-2.
All three of the Wildcats' runs were scored in the fifth which was the game's last inning (due to the ten-run rule).
The Tigers kept punching on the accelerator, adding five runs each in the second and third innings, and then one in the fourth for good measure. They didn't have to bat in the fifth.
Three Wildcats hit safely: Megan Thorson, Sienna Kampsen and McKenzie Peterson.
Reimers had the memorable boxscore line for the Tigers. Becca Holland doubled and drove in three runs. Megan Gillespie, Brooke Gillespie and Emma Zosel each had a one-for-one day, and Kayla Pring went one-for-two.
The MACA offensive onslaught meant that NL-Spicer had to experiment with several different pitchers. These were: Kenzie Peterson, Espi Austvold, Alyssa Fredrick and Lindsay Vagle.
You don't often see this many pitching changes in a prep softball game, as Morris Area Chokio Alberta employed three hurlers. The MACA trio was Kayla Pring (the winner), Lacee Maanum and Brianna Abril. Pring fanned four batters and walked one while giving up one hit and no runs. Maanum and Abril each had one strikeout.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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