After a scoreless first inning, MACA took charge. Coach Mary Holmberg's squad put up two runs in the second inning, four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Tigers outhit the Dutchmen 12-3.
Kayla Pring was the winning pitcher and also made noise with the bat. In pitching she got the win with three shutout innings. She fanned seven batters, walked none and allowed one hit. In hitting she socked a home run.
Brooke Gillespie pitched two innings, and in hitting she made noise with a triple. Becca Holland's bat resonated with three hits in four at-bats. Lauren Reimers socked two doubles. Tracy Meichsner had two hits in three at-bats. Abby Daly had a hit in her only at-bat. Lexi Mahoney and Sam Henrichs each added a hit to the mix.
Three Melrose batters each had one hit vs. the stubborn MACA pitching: Kayla Austing, Sandra Sprenger and Abby Hinnenkamp. Sprenger took the pitching loss. Rose Johnson also pitched for Melrose.
Tracy Meichsner stood out with her batting in the 13-3 Game 2 win. Tracy had four hits in four at-bats and drove in three runs. MACA had ten hits total.
Lauren Reimers was quite in the zone with her hitting - typical for this Tiger - as she tripled and homered. Lauren drove in four runs. These Tigers each had one hit: Becca Holland, Lindsey Dierks, Carlie Zimmel and Brooke Gillespie.
Three Melrose batters had one hit each: Kayla Austing, Emily Tschida and Abby Hinnenkamp.
The pitching winner was Kayla Pring with her four innings of work. Kayla struck out five batters, walked none and gave up two hits. Gillespie pitched one inning, walked none and gave up two hits. Morris Area Chokio Alberta had a line score of 13 runs, ten hits and two errors.
Baseball: Tigers 4, Paynesville 3
A big fourth inning helped lift the MACA boys to victory on the baseball diamond on Tuesday. The site was Regal for this April 14 affair. That's in the vicinity of Paynesville.
The Tigers rallied for three runs in the fourth against the Paynesville Bulldogs. MACA carved out its first win of the season with a final score of 4-3. Brady Jergenson was quite in the spotlight. Brady made his mark both with his bat and on the pitching mound. He had two hits in three at-bats.
MACA had six hits while Paynesville had seven. Riley Biesterfeld socked two hits in four at-bats. Noah Grove went one-for-four and Nate Anderson had a one-for-three line.
Jergenson pitched the whole way. He struck out five batters and walked three in his seven innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs (earned). Matthew Quade and Andrew Kerzman pitched for Paynesville with Quade taking the loss.
MACA scored its fourth run in the fifth inning. Our line score was four runs, six hits and one error. Paynesville had three runs and seven hits and hurt themselves with three errors. Nick Dingmann had two hits for the host Bulldogs. These Bulldogs each had one hit: Trent Gertken, Quade, Kerzman, Colin Riley and Mitch Weidner. Paynesville scored one run each in the first, third and sixth innings.
Obviously only five innings were played. The Tigers pounded out eleven hits for those 20 runs. One might suspect that errors were in play but no - according to the line score, YME had just one fielding miscue. MACA too had just one error according to the boxscore. (The Sun Tribune once had an editor who was puzzled by my use of the term "fielding miscue.")
MACA out-hit YME 11-0. So it's a no-hitter, combined, for MACA hurlers Kayla Pring and Brooke Gillespie. The game was over after one inning. MACA was up 10-0 after one inning. MACA went on to score two runs in the third, one in the fourth and seven in the fifth.
Becca Holland had a reliable bat with her two-for-four numbers including a double. Becca drove in two runs and scored four. Piper Gibson was a perfect two-for-two with two ribbies and three runs scored. Lauren Reimers wielded her homer bat and she had a two-for-three line. Lauren scored two runs and drove in four.
Kelsey Voges went one-for-two with two RBIs. Tracy Meichsner was a perfect two-for-two with both her hits doubles. Tracy scored two runs and drove in two. Abby Daly went one-for-three. Gillespie drove in two runs while going one-for-three.
Pring pitched three innings and got the win, while Gillespie hurled for two innings. Pring struck out four batters and walked none. Gillespie set down one batter on strikes, and walked none.
Mariah Norell took the pitching loss for Yellow Medicine East. Courtney Cuka and Jordan Glad also pitched.
Let's hope the pleasant spring weather continues!