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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)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MACA softball falls into losers bracket too early!

Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball experienced two extremes on Tuesday. It was a busy Tuesday, involving two games in the post-season.
One extreme saw the MACA offense erupt for 15 runs. This was in a breeze type of win over MCLHI. Those initials denote Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI. Yes, it's a cumbersome name for reporting purposes. How about something a little more snappy? This suggestion would even be apt for MACA. Shall we go back to "Morris High School?"
Anyway, the Tigers of Morris Area Chokio Alberta (MACA) had an offense that couldn't be stopped in the MCLHI game. Coach Mary Holmberg's offense produces runs in bunches often, and this game was an example as MACA won 15-6. MACA scored two runs in the first inning, five each in the second and fifth, and three in the sixth.
The Tigers fielded cleanly with just one error. MACA out-hit the foe 8-6.
The Tigers had to enjoy this success while it lasted. Their second game on Tuesday was that opposite extreme. Now the Tigers couldn't produce a single run. They were stymied at the plate by GFW pitcher Erin McDurmont. McDurmont tossed a two-hit shutout, slamming the door on the Tigers in a 3-0 GFW win. Her numbers were terrific, including 15 strikeouts and no walks! It was truly humbling for MACA's normally productive offense to experience this.
Coming up: a trip to Marshall on Saturday. MACA will face Fairmont (from way down south) at 11 a.m. The winner will play again at 2 p.m.
Tigers 15, MCLHI 6
The Tigers own the No. 2 seed for this level of the post-season. A pair of five-run rallies allowed MACA to cruise in their post-season debut.
Lauren Reimers continued with the hot bat she has wielded of late. She finished the Tigers' scoring with a double that plated three runs in the sixth. She had three hits in as many at-bats. These Tigers each had one hit: Chelsey Ehleringer, Kayla Pring, Carlie Zimmel, Lacee Maanum and Nicole Strobel. (I believe Carlie waits on me occasionally at DeToy's Restaurant.)
Brooke Gillespie was the winning pitcher. Her control was dead-on: zero walks. She fanned two batters and gave up six hits in her five and two-thirds innings. One of the runs she gave up was unearned. Kayla Pring finished up the pitching work: one and a third innings, three strikeouts and no walks.
Becca Kallhoff took the pitching loss for MCLHI. Two MCLHI batters had a two-run home run: Brook Bauman and Jenna Kockelman. Other MCLHI batters with hits were Brandi Merritt, Emily Stienessen, Payton Boerboom and Kallhoff.
GFW 3, Tigers 0
"GFW" stands for Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. They're the "Thunderbirds," a nickname I really like. They're seeded No. 3. The No. 2 Tigers faltered and were dealt this mild upset loss, 3-0. But it's costly. It is highly desirable to stay in the winners bracket. Now there is no margin for losing for our Tigers.
Erin McDurmont was in control from the pitching rubber. Her two-hit shutout humbled the Tigers. She was a force batting too, as she connected for a three-run home run.
Kayla Pring was the hard-luck losing pitcher. One of the runs she allowed was unearned. She allowed just five hits over her seven innings. She fanned six batters and walked just one.
The two MACA hits were off the bats of Lauren Reimers and Abby Daly.
McDurmont went three-for-three for the victor. Carolin Goebel went two-for-three.
Baseball: Monte 7, Tigers 1
The Tuesday (5/20) action wasn't kind for the MACA baseball Tigers, who floundered against the Thunder Hawks of Montevideo. The Tigers fell back to .500 at 9-9.
Jordan Thompson had the Tigers under control from the pitching mound. Jordan allowed just the one run which was unearned. At bat he drove in two runs. Spencer Hildahl drove in three of the Monte runs.
Four Tigers each had one hit: Bryce Jergenson, Corey Storck, Gage Backman and Chase Wilts.
Noah Grove took the pitching loss. Brady Jergenson also pitched. Monte outhit the Tigers 10-4. MACA committed two errors while Monte had two.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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