Friday, May 26, 2017
Brooke Gillespie fans six in 11-2 triumph
Montevideo showed the courtesy of taking the field to play our Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers. Remember, the Thunder Hawks recently showed the arrogance of refusing to play the Tigers after the Tigers took the trouble of traveling all the way to Montevideo. The T-Hawks were making a display of supporting their coach, Kyle Goslee, who had been suspended based on a dispute with an umpire.
The whole episode did not seem to make the T-Hawks more competitive. The May 23 game in Morris saw coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers thump Goslee and the T-Hawks 11-2. The game seemed over after the first inning. We raced out to a 7-0 lead. No point arguing with an umpire during a game like this. We went on to score one run in the fourth inning and three in the sixth.
Our eleven runs scored on ten hits while Montevideo was anemic with three hits in the face of our pitcher Brooke Gillespie. Gillespie pitched a gem as she set down six batters on strikes and walked none. One of the two runs she allowed was unearned.
Monte also had a pitcher go the distance, Breanna Welling, and she obviously got roughed up a little: ten hits allowed and two walks. She fanned one batter. One of the runs she allowed was unearned.
Piper Gibson created excitement with a home run for the orange and black. She had a two-for-three line. Gillespie socked two hits in four at-bats and drove in three runs. Bailey Marty had a two-for-four afternoon. Also hitting safely were Emma Bowman, Ashley Solvie and Karly Fehr. Add those hits up and you get nine, whereas the line score in the Willmar paper reported ten.
Three T-Hawks each had a double: Sydney Zindel, Sydni Streich and Kaylee Glomstad. Each team had two errors. The Willmar paper is owned by Forum Communications, same as the Morris paper. The Morris paper appears to be reeling now, having canceled its partner paper, the Hancock Record, for which I toiled for many years.
I can't believe that the Forum is totally cancelling the free shopper, the Ad-Viser. Man, back when I drove the van for the Morris Sun Tribune, I'd pull out of Quinco Press, Lowry, with the van packed with Ad-Visers. Donna Vosberg of the Quinco staff teased me one day: "Is there room in there for you, Brian?" Those Ad-Visers must have served a good purpose back in the day. Now it's gone.
If these developments suggest that the print media is simply dying, maybe it would be best to just expedite the process. Let's just get it over with. Let's build up a totally online ecosystem for reporting and information-sharing. Let's get a reputation for being a leader in this. I think it would be a fun challenge.
The MACA softball Tigers will play Martin County West at 12:30 tomorrow (Saturday, May 27) in Marshall. This is a Section 3AA game.
Baseball: Minnewaska 6, Tigers 1
The 'Waska Lakers came at our Tigers with a triumvirate of pitchers. The starter was Colin Richards in this 6-1 'Waska triumph. Richards pitched three innings and fanned three batters while walking one and giving up one hit and one run. The winning pitcher was Matthew Gruber whose stint was three innings. Gruber struck out three batters, walked none and gave up no hits or runs. Shawn Stumpf had his arm called on for one inning and this Laker struck out one batter, walked none and gave up two hits and no runs.
The pitching mound was a revolving door for the Tigers. These four pitched: Ryan Bowman, Chandler Vogel, Toby Sayles (the loser) and Tim Travis. Bowman, Vogel and Sayles each fanned one batter while Travis fanned two.
Five Tigers each had one hit: Chase Metzger (with a run scored), Sayles, Travis, Denner Dougherty and Jared Rohloff. Bowman didn't have a hit but he drove in a run. We were outhit 12-5 by the Lakers.
'Waska data: Jake Hoffman had a two-for-four line. Jake Heid doubled and drove in a run. Connor Westberg had a hit and two runs scored. Stumpf went one-for-four with a run. Chris Claussen had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Drew Opdahl had a hit in his only at-bat, drove in a run and scored one. Gruber doubled and picked up a ribbie. The hit parade was joined by Ryan Christenson and Sean Kelling.
'Waska pulled away on the scoreboard with six runs in the fifth and six innings combined. The Tigers committed the game's only error.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com