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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 26, 2015

A busy Saturday for MACA girls in 3AA play

Memorial Day weekend isn't such a laid-back time for many youth in high school activities. The softball Tigers of MACA played not one but two games on Saturday, May 24. Action was at the Marshall MN facilities.
The day had some heartbreak for the orange and black crew. We took Jackson County Central into extra innings. A marathon affair developed: 12 innings. When JCC ended it, it was done decisively with a four-run top of the 12th. The Tigers weren't able to answer in the bottom half.
This Section 3AA playoff game went into the books as a 6-2 JCC win. JCC had a line score of six runs, eleven hits and three errors.
The Tigers played errorless ball but were limited to five hits against Kelsey Kannenberg. Kannenberg dueled with the Tigers' Kayla Pring. Kannenberg got the 'W' next to her name and set down nine Tiger batters on strikes. She walked one. Neither of the runs she gave up was earned.
The Tigers' Pring struck out six batters, walked one and gave up eleven hits. That 12th inning was a blemish for the normally very sharp MACA pitcher. Twelve innings can tax that sharpness. One of the six runs she allowed was unearned.
The big blast of the game was off the bat of JCC's Jadin Bezdicek. Bezdicek connected for a three-run homer in the 12th. It was her only hit in her one-for-six boxscore line. She sure made it count. Kathryn Nasby and Moira Carlson each had two hits.
For MACA, five different players each had one hit: Lauren Reimers, Tracy Meichsner, Abby Daly, Lindsey Dierks and Brooke Gillespie. The Tigers scored one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.
OK, what's next? The Tigers will vie with Pipestone at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 26). If we win, we'll continue with another game at 6:30 today that would have JCC as the foe again. The section championship game will be played at 5 p.m. Thursday. New Ulm is already in for that.
Tigers 12, Fairmont 2
Saturday's second game turned out to be a breeze for the Tigers, who showed no fatigue signs from the earlier marathon. The opponent was Fairmont from down by the Iowa border.
The outcome was a 12-2 win by the orange and black. We had eight hits and committed just one error. Fairmont had seven hits and committed two fielding miscues.
Lauren Reimers pounded three hits in four at-bats. Tracy Meichsner was a perfect two-for-two. Abby Daly, Kayla Pring and Lexi Mahoney each had one hit. Hitting safely for Fairmont were Micaela Gochanour, Tieryn Arens and Payton Walser. The West Central Tribune reported each of these Fairmont players having one hit, even though the team hit total was reported as seven. Strange.
Pring had some mileage left in her pitching arm. She worked one and a third innings and shared pitching duties with Brooke Gillespie who got the win. Gillespie struck out two batters, walked none and allowed five hits. The two runs she allowed were earned. Jordan Ehlert was the losing pitcher.
MACA asserted itself right away with a four-run first inning. We had another big inning in the third: five runs. Then we scored one run in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Viva Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball in the spring of 2015!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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