Tuesday, June 6, 2017
MACA softball girls finish season 17-6
The Tigers came on strong to beat rival Minnewaska Area 9-4 in what would turn out to be the Tigers' second to last game. Our triumph was on Saturday, May 27, down south at Marshall.
The score stood 1-1 through the first three innings. Then the Tigers began pulling away. Coach Mary Holmberg smiled as she saw her team score three runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth and one in the sixth. We outhit the Lakers 10-8.
Liz Dietz was a factor both at the plate and on the pitching rubber. At bat she had two hits in four at-bats and scored a run. She pitched the whole way. She struck out one batter, walked one and gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned) in her seven innings.
Ashley Solvie had a two-for-four line and scored two runs. These Tigers each had one hit: Bailey Marty, Emma Bowman, Piper Gibson (a double), Brooke Gillespie, Nicole Solvie and Kalley Hottovy. Carley Stewart rapped two hits in four at-bats for Minnewaska. She drove in a run and scored one. Bailey Stewart went two-for-three with a run scored. Morgan Hess had a hit and a run scored. Abby Ver Steeg had a one-for-three line. Kaitlyn Lange doubled, drove in a run and scored one. Ashley Blom doubled and picked up an RBI. Hess took the pitching loss.
New London-Spicer 11, Tigers 1
The Wildcats of New London-Spicer slammed the door on our Tigers to end our season on Tuesday, May 30, again at Marshall. It was actually a close game through five innings, then the Wildcats erupted with a nine-run sixth. The Tigers had their season end with an 11-1 final score. The Wildcats pounded 13 hits while we were anemic with just two. Fielding totally favored the Wildcats who had one error while we had five.
Our hitting was anemic but give credit to Olivia Christopherson who pitched the distance for NL-Spicer. She gave up just the two hits and set down eight Tiger batters on strikes. She walked just one and gave up the one run which was earned. Liz Dietz took the pitching loss this time. She worked 3 1/3 innings and struck out one batter. Ashley Solvie and Devin Fuhrman also pitched.
Our hits were by Nicole Solvie and Kalley Hottovy. Katelyn Nordmeyer connected for a home run for the Wildcats. She had two hits as did these other Wildcats: Courtney Hanson, Morgan Swenson, Jordan King and Shea Oman. Also hitting safely were Christopherson, Michelle Johnson and Brianna Deming. The final 2017 won-loss record for the orange and black is 17-6.
Baseball: NL-Spicer 7, Tigers 1
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta baseball Tigers were dealt a 7-1 loss in what would turn out to be their second to last game of the season. This loss was at the hands of New London-Spicer on Saturday, May 27, at New London.
Our bats were kept quiet by pitchers Matt Spaulding and Will Roguske. Spaulding got the win with his six innings of work in which he fanned three batters, walked three and allowed three hits. He allowed one run which was unearned. Roguske had his pitching arm called on for one inning. He struck out two batters, walked none and allowed one hit.
Toby Sayles was the losing pitcher for the orange and black. Toby got roughed up a bit as he allowed eleven hits in five innings. He struck out six batters, walked two and allowed seven runs all of which were earned. Chandler Vogel was the other Tiger hurler. Chandler mopped up with no hits allowed.
We were outhit 11-4. Spaulding had two hits in three at-bats for the victor. He drove in two runs. Jake Schmidt went two-for-three with a run scored. John Perkins had a two-for-three line with an RBI and run scored. These Wildcats also picked up a hit: Roguske, Wyatt White, Josh Soine, Evan Haugen and Derek Dolezal.
We had one player with a multiple-hit game: Chas Metzger with two hits in three at-bats. Sayles and Ryan Bowman each had a hit. Sayles had an RBI. We had three errors while NL-Spicer had two.
Paynesville 6, Tigers 5
The double-elimination format meant we'd be out with one more loss. That loss came on Tuesday, May 30, at Montevideo, at the hands of Paynesville. My, we led 5-1 thanks to a rally in the top of the sixth. Paynesville owned the rest of the game. The green crew rallied for three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. The final score had the green on top 6-5 over the orange and black.
We outhit the green 10-9. But we had four errors compared to the green's two. We had two pitchers working: Tim Travis and Chandler Vogel. Vogel was the pitcher of record with a stint of just 2/3 of an inning. Travis allowed just one earned run among the four total runs he allowed. Errors must have loomed. Travis struck out three batters, walked three and allowed six hits. Vogel allowed two hits.
The winning pitcher was Austin Imholte with one inning of work. Sam Oehrlien and Spencer Imholte also pitched for the green.
Ryan Dietz socked a double for the Tigers. Parker Dierks was spectacular with four hits in four at-bats including a triple. Parker drove in a run and scored one. Ryan Bowman went two-for-three with a run scored. Denner Dougherty had a hit and a ribbie. Travis added a hit to the mix. Jared Rohloff hit safely and drove in a run.
Sam Haines shone for Paynesville with three hits in four at-bats including a double. Sam drove in a run and scored one. Garrett Leusink's bat made noise at three-for-four, and this Bulldog tripled, drove in a run and scored two. Grant Ludwig tripled, drove in a run and scored two. Gavin Stanger and Grant Fuchs each hit safely.
This is my final MACA sports post for the 2016-17 school year. It is a pleasure to stay journalistically involved. I hope more than a handful of players, parents or fans visit my sites occasionally.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org