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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)

Friday, May 13, 2016

MACA baseball thunders to 19-5 triumph

Tigers 19, Monte 5
It was the MACA bats making thunder in Thunder Hawk country of  Montevideo Thursday (5/12). The Tigers scored regularly in building a commanding lead. MACA bats made noise to the tune of 22 hits! We beat the Thunder Hawks 19-5. We scored six runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.
The offense was truly at centerstage, so let's get into the details of the MACA attack. Sean Amundson's bat was sizzling. This Tiger pounded six hits in six at-bats including a double. He drove in two runs and scored two. Brady Jergenson's bat made noise to the tune of a five-for-six performance. He socked a double and drove in two runs.
Ryan Dietz socked a home run. This Tiger went two-for-three while driving in three runs and scoring three. Jared Anderson doubled as part of a two-for-two showing and scored two runs. Philip Messner's bat resonated with two doubles. Philip went three-for-four, drove in three runs and scored two.
Philip Anderson went two-for-three with both his hits doubles. Philip drove in two runs and scored two. William Hoslien went one-for-one with an RBI and run scored. Chase Metzger had a hit, an RBI and run scored. Mitchell Dufault drove in a run. Denner Dougherty scored a run.
These T-Hawks hit safely: Derek Killbarda, Connor Kontz, Christian Kanten, Jacob Mundt and Jack Tweeter.
Amundson and Ryan Bowman pitched for MACA with Amundson getting the win. Amundson struck out four batters and Bowman fanned two. The less said about Monte's pitching the better. It's back to the drawing board for them.
Congrats to coach Mark Torgerson and his Tigers on such an impressive win. We outhit Monte 22-5.
 
Softball: Tigers 5, Melrose 4
Ashley Solvie pitched the whole way in the Tigers' 5-4 win over Melrose on Thursday, here. Melrose scored one run in the top of the seventh but was then stopped. Each team had eight hits. The Tigers committed just one error.
Solvie struck out two batters, walked two and gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned). She out-dueled Sandra Sprenger who struck out two batters, walked six and gave up eight hits. Just two of the five runs she allowed were earned.
The Tigers led 2-1 after one inning. Each team plated a run in the third. MACA went on to post single runs in the fourth and sixth. This was a West Central Conference triumph for the orange and black.
Courtney Storck socked a triple. Nicole Solvie tripled as part of going two-for-four. Kalley Hottovy had a hit in her only at-bat. Becca Holland's bat was smoking in a three-for-four performance. Lindsey Dierks added a hit to the mix.
The top Melrose batters were Abby Hinnenkamp and Sprenger, each with two hits. Hinnenkamp scored three runs. MACA had two errors and Melrose one.
 
Softball: Tigers 10, ACGC 8
Tuesday WCC action had a thrilling note for the Tigers of Morris Area Chokio Alberta. Brooke Gillespie continued with her productive ways at bat, as she drove in three runs. Piper Gibson drove two runs across, homering in the process, as coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers chalked up this 10-8 win.
On the losing side were the Falcons of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. Those Falcons actually outhit our Tigers 15-9, but they had a problem with stranding baserunners, nine in all.
MACA made a statement right away, assuming a 4-1 lead in the first inning. We surged forward with three more runs in the second, then we scored one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh. We overcame five errors. ACGC had two fielding miscues. I remember a Sun Tribune editor who was disturbed and confused about the term "fielding miscues." It's common jargon. When that editor made a mistake, it wasn't a small one, it was an enormous one. She didn't understand "snakebit" either.
Let's look at the whole MACA offensive story. Courtney Storck went two-for-three with an RBI. Becca Holland had two hits in four at-bats. Gillespie had a double as part of her two-for-three boxscore line, and this Tiger drove in three runs. Gibson homered and doubled and drove in two runs. Bailey Marty added a double to the mix.
Riley Wilner stood out with her bat for ACGC, going three-for-three with a double and two RBIs.
Gillespie and Ashley Solvie divided the pitching duties with Solvie getting the win. Gillespie wasn't in the pitching groove on this day as she got roughed up: eleven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Solvie got the win with her stint of 3 2/3 innings. She struck out two batters, walked one and gave up four hits. One of the runs she allowed was unearned. The losing pitcher was Taryn Reinke.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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