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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)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MACA softball turns back NL-Spicer 7-6

MACA held off a late New London-Spicer surge to win in Section 3AA play on Tuesday (5/24), here. Those Wildcats are often a nemesis for our Tigers in girls athletics. Any win over them is a plum.
The game was less than a masterpiece as shown by the team error totals: seven by NL-Spicer and five by the Tigers. But the only numbers that mattered in the end were the run totals. We had seven runs, the Wildcats six.
The Wildcats mounted their late surge with three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. The Tigers benefited from a hot start, having scored two runs each in the first and second. Our line score was seven runs, eight hits and five errors. The NL-Spicer numbers were 6-6-7.
True, we're in post-season play now, but the Wildcats are not eliminated. Double-elimination is in effect. That can make things complicated for journalists like me. I'll just take one game at a time.
MACA plays next on Saturday. Now we're in the southern phase, set to travel to Marshall. We have been having trouble getting our basketball teams to Marshall. Our softball Tigers will play Martin County West at 12:30 Saturday. Those Wildcats will play Jackson County Central at 11 a.m.
I suppose we may not be done dealing with New London-Spicer.
Generally speaking this time of year, our biggest worry is those teams from southern Minnesota. Don't know why that is.
MACA led by as many as five runs Tuesday. Our pitcher Brooke Gillespie was able to help us hang on for the triumph. Gillespie set down four batters on strikes. She walked two and gave up six hits. Three of the runs she allowed were unearned.
NL-Spicer also had a pitcher go the whole way: Olivia Christopherson. Just three of the seven runs that Christopherson allowed were earned. She was very sharp much of the time as she achieved eight strikeouts. She walked three batters and allowed eight hits.
Becca Holland scored two runs and had a hit for MACA. Bailey Marty was a perfect three-for-three and crossed home plate three times. Lindsey Dierks had two hits in as many at-bats, and scored a run. Gillespie showed her usual productive bat with two hits in four at-bats and three RBIs. Piper Gibson drove in a run, and Courtney Storck scored a run.
For New London-Spicer, Mya Rohman socked a home run and drove in two runs. Alyssa Fredrick had a double as part of going three-for-four, and she scored two runs. Espi Austvold and Shea Oman also hit safely for the Wildcats.
Baseball: Minnewaska 8, Tigers 0
The MACA baseball offense has fallen into the doldrums. The outset of the Tuesday game vs. Minnewaska was embarrassing for our orange and black, as we made errors on the first four 'Waska batters. Well, I certainly couldn't do any better. Those errors set the tone in this humbling 8-0 loss to the Lakers.
Oh my, our offense was limited to two hits, both off the bat of Sean Amundson. The game wrapped up our regular season with a won-lost mark of 12-7.
The Lakers shot out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. They added one run each in the second and fourth, and two in the sixth. The line scores really tell a tale: eight runs, seven hits and no errors for the very sharp Lakers, and 0-2-8 numbers for the Tigers. We could erase this disappointment in a hurry with post-season success.
Our pitching was shared by three players Tuesday: Toby Sayles (the loser), Amundson and Ryan Bowman. Colin Richards was the winning hurler for 'Waska. Going the whole say, Colin fanned eight batters and walked just two.
Riley Kinney went two-for-four with two runs scored for Minnewaska. Chris Claussen hit a double.
Baseball: BOLD 3, Tigers 0
The Tigers failed to push any runs across in the Monday game against the BOLD Warriors. The Tigers were humbled by BOLD pitcher Hayden Tersteeg, who had to keep his arm loose and alive in the face of an extended weather delay. 
Tersteeg tossed a one-hitter gem at the Tigers. His team prevailed 3-0 in this West Central Conference game. Keep an eye on this budding Warrior as he's just a freshman! He walked just one Tiger and fanned seven. We had just three baserunners in this frustrating game. The Warriors manufactured their three runs behind Tersteeg.
Our four errors certainly didn't help. BOLD committed just one error.
Jared Anderson had our only hit. The four BOLD hits were by Luke Ryan, Hunter Evenson, Logan Nissen and Dawson Vosika. Ryan's hit was a triple. Evenson and Nissen both doubled.
Brady Jergenson was the losing pitcher. Ryan Bowman also pitched.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota- bwilly73@yahoo.com

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