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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)

Monday, May 5, 2014

MACA girls score runs in bunches

The weather may not have been beautiful but MACA softball showed resilience and won on Thursday and Friday. Is it too much to ask for some summer-like conditions? We'll see this coming week.
Tigers 13, Melrose 3
The homer bats were alive for the Friday (5/2) success. Fans at the home diamond enjoyed seeing the orange and black soar into double digits with runs. Coach Mary Holmberg's squad achieved win No. 9.
I recall Friday as an especially windy day. Wind or no wind, Lauren Reimers and Kayla Pring homered. Reimers was in the zone with her hitting, going four-for-five. Pring's homer was in her only official at-bat.
Coach Holmberg who recently got to the 500-win career plateau, can smile about the 5-0 record her team owns in conference. The overall numbers are 9-2 in this most upbeat spring. Now we'd like to describe the weather as "upbeat." UMM graduation is this Saturday.
Today (Monday) will have the Tigers going south to play Marshall.
MACA came out of the starting gate to score six first inning runs, clearly setting the tone for the game. Melrose managed two runs in the first. MACA added to its run total steadily after that, with two runs in the second, two in the fourth and three in the sixth.
The MACA line score was 13 runs, eight hits and two errors. Melrose put up 3-8-5 numbers.
Two Melrose batters had two hits each: Nikki Zierden and Kayla Austing.
Reimers had her memorable boxscore line for the victor: four-for-five including that round-tripper, and an RBI. Becca Holland socked a triple. Pring had that home run and drove in two runs. Lacee Maanum and Nicole Strobel each had a hit.
On to pitching: Here we have Brooke Gillespie going the whole way and scattering eight hits. She fanned a batter and walked one.
Melrose had three players trying their pitching arm: Emily Revermann (the loser), Sandra Sprenger and Maddie Rausch.
MACA's 13-3 win was similar to the previous day's win. Read on:
Tigers 15, Minnewaska 5
Indeed, runs have been scored with great regularity for Morris Area Chokio Alberta. The Thursday story had 15 coming in. This onslaught was versus Minnewaska Area.
The Tigers erupted for ten runs in the fourth. They finished with 15 runs on a whopping 17 hits and four errors. Those four errors were pretty easily overcome by 17 hits. Meanwhile the overwhelmed Lakers scored five runs on seven hits and committed four errors.
Brooke Gillespie only had to pitch five innings due to the ten-run rule being implemented. Gillespie fanned one batter, walked two and gave up seven hits. The losing pitcher was Mady Phillips.
Let's roll up our sleeves for the ample offensive highlights for the MACA Tigers. Becca Holland was a perfect three-for-three and scored three runs. Chelsey Ehleringer went two-for-four with two runs scored. Lauren Reimers had a home run, an RBI harvest of four, two runs scored and a two-for-four line.
Abbie Olson had a hit in her only at-bat. Bobbi Jo Kurtz, Brooke Johnson, Gillespie and Lindsey Dierks each went one-for-three. Kayla Pring had two hits in three at-bats.
Nicole Strobel was a force with her three-for-four numbers, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Indeed the Tigers played in crowd-pleasing fashion here in Morris, winning 15-5.
Rachel Bakko had two hits in three at-bats for 'Waska. Phillips had a triple.
The Reimers home run for MACA was done inside-the-park style in the first inning.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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