Runs came home frequently for the MACA cause in April 21 road action. The site was Melrose. The Tigers got going with three runs in the first inning, and then really pulled away with eight runs in the second.
In the end it was coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers prevailing 16-5. It was our seventh win of the season against no losses. We pounded out 12 hits and committed just one error, while the host Dutchmen struggled in the field with seven errors.
Brooke Gillespie was at centerstage in the MACA attack. Not only did she stand out at bat, connecting for a two-run home run, she pitched four of the five innings. Gillespie's bat resonated with three hits total, and she drove in four runs. Nicole Solvie was a force at bat, going two-for-three with two RBIs. Piper Gibson was a perfect three-for-three. Madi Wevley socked a double and had two ribbies. Courtney Storck went two-for-three, and Lindsey Dierks added a hit to the mix.
Melrose's Kayla Austing went two-for-three including a double. Sandra Sprenger tripled. Abby Hinnenkamp had two hits. Arri Bitz and Taryn Van Heel each added a hit to the mix.
Gillespie struck out three batters on her way to getting the pitching win. Two of the four runs she allowed were unearned. She allowed seven hits and walked one. Ashley Solvie finished the pitching with a real flourish, getting three strikeouts in her one inning! Sandra Sprenger took the pitching loss.
We scored the ten runs on nine total hits. And in errors the number was the best possible: zero. Pitcher Ryan Bowman limited Pelican Rapids to three hits. He was quite in the groove with his deliveries, setting down ten Pelican Rapids batters on strikes. He walked just one. The losing pitcher was Logan Knorr.
The offensive story had Sean Amundson with a double and two runs scored. Toby Sayles was a perfect two-for-two and crossed home plate twice. Ryan Dietz socked a home run and drove in three runs. Four Tigers each posted a one-for-two boxscore line: Mitchell Dufault, Denner Dougherty, Robert Rohloff and Mitchell Torgerson. Brady Jergenson went one-for-three. Pelican Rapids had Jacob Gottenborg go two-for-three.
Many Tigers made a statement with their bats, obviously. Ryan Dietz tripled. Chase Metzger had a hit and two RBIs. Philip Messner had a perfect three-for-three line and drove in three runs. Dufault connected for a home run and drove in three runs.
Torgerson rapped a hit and drove in a run. Sean Amundson and Toby Sayles both went two-for-three. Brady Jergenson had three hits in three at-bats. Jared Anderson was a perfect two-for-two. Denner Dougherty added a hit to the mix. For Silver Bay, Justin Ketola doubled and drove in a run.
Coach Mark Torgerson of the Tigers had four pitchers work: Tim Travis (the loser), Sean Amundson, Trent Marty and Mitchell Torgerson. MACCRAY jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning. The Wolverines outhit the Tigers 11-5, and we were hurt by our seven fielding miscues. Ouch!
Ryan Dietz doubled. Brady Jergenson went two-for-four. Amundson and Philip Anderson both went one-for-three. Jared Anderson contributed an RBI. Chase Christenson had one hit for MACCRAY, plus he drew two walks and got hit by pitch twice. He drove in two runs. Connor Cronen and Tyler Plowman each went three-for-five. Braden Hoekstra had a hit in his only at-bat.
Quick comment: Why doesn't the Willmar paper refer to us as "MACA" instead of "MCA?" There's a billboard out by McDonald's that congratulates the "MACA" cross country team. So that's official, right?