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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)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tigers prevail on diamond in 4/12 action

We're getting a taste of summer today (Thursday). How refreshing! Everyone will go crazy as they don their wardrobe suitable for the balmy months.
A big signal of springtime's bloom came forth Tuesday. Home baseball and softball unfolded at our Eagles sports complex. We had a long break since winter sports, since unfortunately our basketball teams didn't progress far in post-season. Now the focus is on the springtime teams. The diamond sports are showcased.
Not only could we celebrate the weather, we could celebrate victory. The girls and boys both prevailed on this pleasant day for prep sports.
 
Softball: Tigers 9, ACGC 5
The MACA girls were buoyed by major scoring success in the third and fourth innings. We rallied for four runs in the third and three in the fourth. Thus was generated the momentum to win in the 9-5 final over the Falcons. We plated single runs in the first and fifth innings.
Our line score was nine runs, six hits and four errors. A little more polish will be sought in fielding. But ACGC was less than flawless in fielding too, with six errors. The Falcons scored their five runs on nine hits. Yes, we were outhit but it didn't matter.
Brooke Gillespie was a key contributor for the winning Tigers. Gillespie pitched the whole way, seven innings, and survived the nine hits off ACGC bats. Only two of the five runs she allowed were earned. A big plus was zero walks, and another plus was her eight strikeouts.
Gillespie was a factor offensively with her two-for-four boxscore line. Lindsey Dierks went two-for-three with both of her hits doubles. Madi Wevley had a hit and two RBIs. Nicole Solvie had a hit in three at-bats.
Gillespie's pitching opponent was Taryn Reinke who did better than the score suggests. Just three of the nine runs allowed by Reinke were earned. She gave up six hits in six innings. She walked three batters and struck out one.
These ACGC batters each had two hits: Maree Lee, Rylie Wilner, Hannah Wilner and Madison Denton. Shelbie Jackson had one hit, a double. Both of Denton's hits were doubles. A double came off Hannah Wilner's bat too.
 
Baseball: Tigers 6, Montevideo 0
Chizek Field was the site for prep baseball Tuesday, an upbeat day for the orange and black cause. Jared Anderson socked a two-run triple right away in the first inning. Ryan Dietz had a perfect three-for-three showing at the plate with two of his hits doubles, and he drove in a run.
Sean Amundson's bat was productive with two hits, one a triple, in three at-bats, and this Tiger scored two runs. Brady Jergenson was potent with his two-for-three line, and he drove in a run. Allen Tanner had a triple in his only at-bat.
The MACA line score was six runs, nine hits and two errors, while Monte's numbers were 0-7-4. We scored four runs over the first three innings, a span in which the Thunder Hawks were held scoreless. We scored one run each in the fifth and sixth.
On to pitching: Here it was Jergenson picking up the win with his stint of four innings. He allowed three hits and no runs, walked three and struck out seven. Amundson put his arm to work for three innings. He allowed three hits and no runs, walked three and struck out five.
The losing pitcher was Christian Kanten. Garrett Christianson and Jake Mundt also pitched for the losing cause. Kanten had two hits in four at-bats. These T-Hawks each had one hit: Bailey Eickhoff, Connor Kontz, Jack Tweeter and Andrew Sweeney.
We're at the start of a fun-filled spring for Tiger baseball and softball.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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