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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)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Brady Jergenson's two-run homer caps win

The MACA boys crept over .500 with an impressive Monday victory. Coach Mark Torgerson's squad took care of business in five innings. The abbreviated length came about because of the Tigers' dominance. The opponent: Benson.
Here's a reminder to check out my post on the MACA softball team winning the WCN conference. Click on the permalink below to read this post from my "Morris of Course" site. Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Tigers 13, Benson 3
The MACA boys took charge at the start, coming at the Braves with three runs in the first inning and four each in the second and third. The score was 11-1 after four innings. Each team scored two runs in the fifth inning. The Tigers had the ten-run advantage needed to end this one via the ten-run rule. The Braves got "ruled."
Coach Torgerson had to smile as he watched his team rap out eleven hits en route to this 13-3 win. The success upped the team's won-lost mark to 9-8.
Pitcher Danny Tracy limited Benson to six hits. Tracy was the pitcher for all five innings. One of the three runs he allowed was unearned. He struck out one batter and walked one.
Brady Young was tagged with the pitching loss for Benson. Young pitched three and a third innings and was hurt by unearned runs. He gave up eleven runs but only six were earned. He struck out one batter and walked three.
Also pitching for Benson was Taner Gimberlin whose name is very familiar from MBA boys hockey. Remember there's only one 'n' in "Taner." Taner pitched two-thirds of an inning Monday. He gave up a hit, fanned one batter and walked one. He gave up no runs. Aaron Ahrndt was handed the ball for two-thirds of an inning. This Brave gave up two hits and two runs (earned), fanned none and walked none.
The Tigers enjoyed "sudden victory" as a result of their rally in the bottom of the fifth. The home field fans cheered as Corey Storck doubled with two outs. Brady Jergenson strode to the plate and connected for a home run. Two runs in, and now the scoreboard margin is ten runs, which wraps things up. Congrats to the orange and black crew. Jergenson's homer trot was done triumphantly.
Jergenson was on a tear throughout this game. Brady rapped a two-run single in the second inning. He delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
This game might not have even reached the bottom of the fifth. Brady would not have had a chance to stroke that dramatic home run, had Cody Hammerschmidt not hit a two-run home run for Benson in the top of the fifth. Cody's blast kept the margin within ten runs for a short time. Let's accent "short." Morris Area Chokio Alberta came on like gangbusters in the bottom of the fifth.
The MACA line score was 13 runs, eleven hits and three errors. The Benson numbers were 3-6-4. Hammerschmidt's blast was part of a two-for-three showing at bat. Other Braves hitting safely were Tanner Mikkelson, Brady Young, Connor Staton and Adam Lindahl.
For the Tigers, Corey Storck finished at two-for-four including that fifth inning double, and he scored two runs. Brady Jergenson's homer blast was part of a two-for-three showing. Brady scored three runs and drove in five.
Gage Backman was unstoppable at bat, going three-for-three with two of his hits doubles. Gage drove in four runs and scored a run. Joey Dufault made noise with his bat, connecting for two hits in three at-bats. He doubled, scored a run and drove in two runs. Noah Grove and Riley Biesterfeld each went one-for-three.
The playoffs draw near. MACA's debut is set for Saturday in Montevideo vs. Red Rock Central.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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