"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

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)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Jergenson's bat helps turn back NL-Spicer

Tigers 10, NL-Spicer 7
Brady Jergenson set the pace offensively for MACA baseball in its 10-7 win over New London-Spicer Friday (5/6). Jergenson had three hits in four at-bats, scored a run and drove in three, as the Tigers turned back the Wildcats 10-7.
Jergenson offset a New London-Spicer standout who had quite the boxscore line. John Perkins of the Wildcats went three-for-three with five RBIs and a run scored.
Click on the permalink below to read about the following: the MACA softball team's 13-1 win over Minnewaska, the baseball team's 1-0 loss to 'Waska, and the softball team's 11-10 loss to New London-Spicer. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
 
MACA had a line score of ten runs, ten hits and two errors. The NL-Spicer numbers were 7-11-1. We had to hold off a late Wildcat surge. We led 10-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats scored three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. We had a good enough cushion.
Mitchell Torgerson had a hit in his only at-bat, and drove in a run. Philip Messner had a hit and an RBI. Ryan Dietz added a hit to the mix. Seth Staples scored a run. Jergenson packed the main wallop.
What gives? I only get six hits when adding up the individuals, from the Willmar paper, but the line score in that paper has us with ten hits. This type of thing has been happening a lot lately. The paper is rapidly losing credibility. It shouldn't even bother covering this stuff if it can't get the details right, or close to being right.
Toby Sayles was the winning pitcher. He fanned five batters in his five innings. He dealt with some wildness as he issued five walks, and he gave up three hits. He allowed two runs but neither were earned. Ryan Bowman pitched two innings and got roughed up, allowing eight hits. He had zeroes for walks and strikeouts.
Evan Haugen was the losing pitcher for the Wildcats. Landon Tanner and Will Roguske also pitched for the losing cause. Wildcat Nick Reiter had two hits in three at-bats, and crossed home plate three times. Eli Dorry went two-for-two with a run scored. Josh Soine drove in two runs.
 
Softball: Montevideo 9, Tigers 5
The winning habit of the Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball team was broken Thursday (5/5). Montevideo made a statement early-on that its caliber of play would be high. Thunder Hawk Alex Tongen connected for a two-run homer in the first inning.
The Tigers pushed across a run in the bottom of the first, but the Thunder Hawks erupted with a six-run rally in the third, en route to their 9-5 win over our Tigers. It was a West Central Conference game played on a pleasant day for the diamond sports in Morris. I see where a lot of trees have their blossoms in bloom, like in front of the public library. Now if I can just get my riding lawn mover serviced.
Breanna Walling pitched the whole way for the victor. She set down four Tiger batters on strikes while walking just one. All five of the MACA runs were earned, and Walling gave up eight hits. Our line score was five runs, eight hits and three errors. The Monte numbers were 9-8-2.
Brooke Gillespie was the trooper on the pitching rubber for MACA on this humbling day.
We rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth but just couldn't overcome Monte's lead. Grace Sulflow had two hits in a balanced Monte hitting attack. Other T-Hawks hitting safely were Ashley McKee, Breanna Welling, Abby Olson, Tongen, Sydni Streich and Cali Christianson.
Piper Gibson was a bright spot with her bat for MACA. Gibson socked a home run. Lindsey Dierks made noise at bat too, going three-for-four. Other Tigers hitting safely were Becca Holland, Gillespie, Lexi Mahoney and Callie Hottovy.
 
Baseball: Marshall 8, Tigers 0
Oh my, no hits by the Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers! Yes, it was a no-hitter by the visiting Marshall Tigers, Thursday. However, one pitcher does not get credit. Would you believe Marshall deployed four total pitchers to accomplish this gem? Sharing in this distinction were Andrew Hmielewski, Logan Tomasek, Mason Penske (the winner) and Ryan VanMoer.
In the majors, a pitcher can be denied a no-hitter these days because of the "pitch count." Of course the pitch count is a great blessing for pro pitchers. When I was a kid many promising young pitchers sadly threw their arms out. I think the saddest example was Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. He was overworked. Billy Martin for a time in his managerial career notoriously overworked his pitchers (with Oakland). "Billy Ball" could be troubling.
Sean Amundson took the pitching loss for MACA in this 8-0 defeat. Ryan Bowman also pitched. Penske was quite in the groove with his hitting for Marshall at our Chizek Field. Penske went three-for-three with four RBIs. Andrew Hmielewski went two-for-three, scored two runs and drove in one. Dylan Criquet-Danielson homered as part of going two-for-four with three RBIs.
Marshall plated two runs in the first inning and three each in the third and fourth. The Marshall Tigers got to the two MACA pitchers for ten hits. The visitor truly owned the day, as the Marshall error total was zero. MACA had just two baserunners. The loss was our third straight after a sizzling 6-0 start.
Today (Friday) feels totally midsummer with the heat! I need to take a bike ride out along the river trail. Mowing can wait.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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