History-making music group for UMM - morris mn

History-making music group for UMM - morris mn
The UMM men's chorus opened the Minnesota Day program at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MACA boys thwart Monte's conference hopes

Chandler Erickson bats for Morris Area Chokio Alberta.
Baseball: Tigers 3, Montevideo 1
Montevideo was eyeing a share of the WCC-South title going into Tuesday, and was aiming to take advantage of home field. The Tigers of MACA effectively said "no way."
Pitching has been brilliant for the Tigers of late. That pattern continued Tuesday as Sam Mattson and Jake Torgerson were well-honed in their execution. Together these Tigers tossed a three-hitter in the 3-1 triumph. 
Montevideo had stellar credentials entering this game. How about a 10-1 conference record? They shared that credential with BOLD. The Warriors of BOLD settled any remaining issue Tuesday, stomping on YME in a 23-3 outcome.
So BOLD owns the WCC-South title for 2012. Hats off to the Warriors.
Mattson and Torgerson were an effective "tag team" with Mattson pitching the first four innings. Torgerson, in the afterglow of his perfect game vs. ACGC, hurled for three scoreless innings to get the save.
Winner Mattson struck out three batters, walked three and gave up two hits and one run which was unearned. Torgerson had three K's, walked just one batter and gave up one hit and zero runs.
The losing pitcher was Colton Vien who has given the Tigers some trouble before. Vien was relieved on this day by Jordan Thompson.
Tom Holland scored the Tigers' first run when he doubled in the first inning, advanced on a wild pitch and came home on a Tanner Picht ground out.
The Thunder Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a throwing error.
The Tigers seized the lead for good in the third frame. Picht drove in Holland with a hit. Tyler Henrichs made solid contact to bring in Picht. There were all zeroes on the scoreboard after the third inning.
Henrichs had a two-for-three afternoon including a double and RBI. Jacob Torgerson socked a double.
Holland had a two-bagger and scored two of the MACA runs. Picht finished the day with two RBIs and had a one-for-four boxscore line.
The Thunder Hawks hitting safely were Joe Bednar, Colton Vien and Jordan Thompson.
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta line score was three runs, six hits and two errors. Monte's line was 1-3-0.
MACA's season record keeps making strides. Now it's up to 12-6. Viva MACA baseball and softball!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jake Torgerson tosses seven-inning perfecto

Mac Beyer bats for Morris Area Chokio Alberta.
Baseball: Tigers 4, ACGC 0
21 batters up, 21 batters down. That's what happens when a prep pitcher throws a perfect game. High school games are seven innings in length.
MACA Tiger Jacob Torgerson accomplished the rare and unforgettable feat on Thursday, May 17. Let history record that Jacob stunned ACGC by pitching this perfecto in a 4-0 Tiger win on the road (Grove City). Not only was Jacob's pitching perfect, the Tigers committed no errors. Their line score shows them with five hits. Coach Mark Torgerson must surely have been beaming at game's end.
The ACGC coach is Jeff Tanner, Morris native and 1973 graduate of Morris High School. (Yours truly was a classmate.)
Jeff commented post-game that he had never before been involved in a perfect game. He'd much prefer being on the winning end.
Jacob set down seven Falcon batters on strikes. He's a Morris Area Chokio Alberta junior.
It has been several years since the previous perfect game in this part of the state. Ben Ruter tossed one for MACCRAY in 2007. There should be an asterisk though, because that game lasted just five innings. The opposing team was Minneota.
ACGC committed two errors Thursday. The ACGC pitching was divided between David Kinzler and Trever Heining. Kinzler took the loss with his 4 1/3 inning stint.
We can assume Jacob Torgerson walked no one because this would be required in a perfect game. Actually the same could be said regarding errors, even though this is something the pitcher has no control over. What if a batter should reach on an error and then be erased on a double play? Would it still be a perfect game? I'd have to ask coach Torgerson.
The Tigers scored one run in the fourth inning and three in the fifth.
Tom Holland had a solid day hitting, going two-for-four including a double, and driving in a run. Tanner Picht drove in a run as part of his one-for-two afternoon. Tyler Henrichs went one-for-three with a run-batted-in, and Sam Mattson was a perfect one-for-one.
The Tigers upped their record to 11-6. 
  
Softball: Tigers 4, New London-Spicer 1
Non-conference action was upbeat for the Morris Area Chokio Alberta softball Tigers on Thursday (5/17).
McKenzie VanBatavia picked up another pitching win, and MACA climbed to 14-3 in won-lost. It was a road game with New London-Spicer as the opponent. The final score: 4-1.
New London-Spicer had nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard until the seventh. Meanwhile coach Mary Holmberg's Tigers plated one run each in the second and third innings, and added their other two in the top of the seventh.
The MACA line score was four runs, seven hits and one error. NL-S put up 1-7-4 numbers. Note the four Wildcat errors.
Offensively Steph Hennen shone for the winning Tigers. Her bat resonated with a triple. She crossed home plate twice and drove in a run.
Jaimie Bergerson wielded a hot bat and was a perfect three-for-three. Sadie Fischer went one-for-four and drove in a run. Brooke Johnson had one hit in two at-bats with an RBI. Holly Amundson finished one-for-four.
Brianna Fredrich of the Wildcats wasn't mystified by the MACA pitching and went three-for-four with a double and RBI. But on the whole, the Tigers showed the superior caliber of play.
VanBatavia pitched for five innings and struck out five batters while walking two, and allowing five hits and no runs. She got spelled by Brianna Abril who fanned two batters and walked none in her two innings.
Amanda Radel pitched the whole way for the Wildcats.
We're getting ever closer to the post-season!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baseball wins two, softball on short end

Jacob Torgerson bats for MACA in the May 10 win over Benson. (B.W. photos)
Tyler Henrichs follows through on his home run swing against Benson.
  
Baseball: Tigers 6, NL-Spicer 5
The new week began with MACA baseball taking advantage of New London-Spicer lapses to carve out a 6-5 win. The host Wildcats committed four errors and issued nine walks to the Tigers.
These mistakes allowed the orange and black to escape with the winning feeling despite being outhit by the Wildcats 13-6. They escaped by virtue of scoring a run in extra innings, the eighth, and then slamming the door on NL-S in the bottom of that frame.
In terms of fielding, coach Mark Torgerson's crew slammed the door all game. They committed zero errors.
The top of the eighth saw Tom Holland single with one out. He sped into second with a steal. Then, a ground ball got him over to third. The Wildcats then committed one of those miscues. This happened on a ground ball. Holland was able to zip across home plate.
Jacob Torgerson strode out to the mound with the mission of holding NL-Spicer to no more runs. This was his fourth inning in a relief stint (for starter Mac Beyer). NL-Spicer put up a goose egg and the Tigers could savor win No. 9 of the season, against six losses. Jake retired NL-S in order in the eighth.
Beyer struggled some in his four innings, giving up eight hits and four runs which were earned.
Torgerson survived five hits in his four innings. He struck out two, walked two and gave up one run which was earned.
Tanner Thunstedt and Ryan Vraa pitched for the host with Vraa taking the loss.
Each team scored two runs in the first inning. The Tigers were propelled in part by two Wildcat errors.
The Wildcats answered when Tanner Tobkin rapped an RBI single and Grant Vagle connected for an RBI double. Tobkin finished this game three-for-four.
The Tigers surged forward in the fourth with a three-run outburst that included a Tanner Picht two-run single and an RBI double off Chandler Erickson's bat.
Vagle punched through a two-run single in the fifth. Mitch Ejnik doubled in the sixth to drive in the run that got the score deadlocked until the eighth.
Holland had a productive day with two hits in three at-bats and two runs scored. Erickson had a two-for-five boxscore line including a double and an RBI. Picht finished one-for-three and Brody Bahr one-for-four.
  
Softball: OTC 4, Tigers 0
The week began on a disappointing note for MACA softball, who not only lost, they lost via shutout - a real jolt for this normally high-achieving team.
The jolt came on the road at the hands of Otter Tail Central.
As the 4-0 score suggests, this was one of those days where you run into a buzz saw type of opposing pitcher. On this day it was Shaina Underhill. Underhill held the Tigers to just two hits in her seven innings. She set down six Tigers on strikes and walked just two.
McKenzie VanBatavia and Brianna Abril pitched for MACA with VanBatavia getting tagged with the loss. VanBatavia pitched four innings and Abril two. Together they allowed only one more hit than Underhill. But MACA hurt its cause with errors - four - while OTC committed only one.
The site for this game was Battle Lake. The first two innings were scoreless after which OTC plated a run in the third. The host went on to score one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Sadie Fischer and Abril were the Tigers hitting safely against Underhill. Abril's hit came in her only at-bat.
Three OTC players hit safely: Carly VanWatermulen, Casey Haugdahl and Maddie Stueve.
  
Baseball: Tigers 3, Minnewaska Area 2
Mac Beyer delivered the clutch hit for Morris Area Chokio Alberta at our Chizek Field. This was a TGIF game, Friday, May 11, and it had a later than usual starting time.
The later time might have allowed more fans to gather in the bleachers.
Beyer singled to right to drive in the winning run in MACA's 3-2 triumph over rival Minnewaska Area. The home fans showed jubilation.
The winning pitcher was Sam Mattson who fanned nine batters in his route-going performance. He walked three and gave up six hits and two runs (earned).
The stage got set for Beyer's climactic hit as Tanner Picht walked. Picht sped into second with a steal, then arrived at third due to a Minnewaska fielding miscue. He completed his trip around the bases when Beyer connected.
Picht sported perfect three-for-three numbers in the boxscore. One of his hits was a double, and he scored two runs. He and Beyer were joined on the hitting-safely list by Tom Holland, Brody Bahr and Jacob Torgerson. Tyler Henrichs scored a run and Bryce Jergenson picked up an RBI.
 
Softball: Minnewaska 6, Tigers 3
Mady Phillips delivered a key hit in turning the tide for host Minnewaska Area against our softball Tigers Friday (5/11). Phillips drove in two runs for her Lakers with a single in the fifth inning. The score went from being 3-2 in favor of the Tigers, to 4-3 with the Lakers out front.
This game ended with a 6-3 score and the host Lakers feeling the satisfaction of victory. MACA and 'Waska entered this game leading their respective divisions of the West Central Conference.
Following the Phillips hit, Julie Helander came up to bat and hit safely to bring Phillips home. Minnewaska scored its final run in the sixth when Kaylyn Oberg hit an RBI single.
Phillips was truly the standout individual in this game as she pitched the whole way. She fanned six Tiger batters and walked none. Just one of the three runs she allowed was earned.
The Tigers had six hits off her, led by Tracy Meichsner who was two-for-three with both her hits doubles. She drove in two runs. Other Tigers hitting safely were Sadie Fischer, Holly Amundson, Brooke Wente and Nicole Strobel. Strobel drove in a run.
Phillips posted three-for-four numbers in Minnewaska's boxscore. Helander was two-for-three including a home run in the fourth.
The Tigers scored all three of their runs in the fifth.
Each team had one error. McKenzie VanBatavia pitched for MACA and she fanned three batters while walking none. She allowed eight hits and six runs (five earned).
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 13, 2012

UMM graduation now, and way back when

Caps and gowns signal a most special day. (B.W. photo)
The University of Minnesota-Morris graduates of 2012 got their diplomas on a sun-drenched afternoon. The campus mall became filled with well-wishers exuding an air of anticipation.
We had music, speeches and inspiration.
This was the 49th commencement for our "jewel in the crown" institution. Where has the time gone?
I remember year one, when the U of M president came out here in UMM's still-fledgling days. That individual was O. Meredith Wilson. The town really rolled out the welcome mat.
People may have forgotten, but UMM's footing wasn't all that solid in the very earliest days. The campus was transitioning from an ag school. I don't think the state would have ever turned its back on it. But legend has it we were rather "experimental," tentative or shaky at the start.
Today we're all focused on the obvious vitality. There's talk of a new dorm being constructed on the campus. This is a pleasant surprise for me, as I have been suggesting that infrastructure expansion is going to be nearing an end for all college campuses,
I assert this as an Internet triumphalist. Also, as an adherent to the "higher education bubble" theory. We're all entitled to our opinions. UMM's ambitious plans show that either I'm wrong, or UMM will be successfully bucking the trend.
Maybe it's the large state colleges that will be in the most trouble. Maybe the U can sail through any shoals.
In 2012 as in 1964, we had the U of M president come out here. We have a fairly new U head in 2012: Eric Kaler, who spoke in a quite commanding voice Saturday. He made note of the aesthetics of our prairie setting. He talked about how UMM has "a deep sense of place" with its history. It all started as an American Indian boarding school.
UMM has never lost sight of that origin. Consistent with this remembrance, the Midnite Express Singers performed an honor song. The lead singer was Bad River Ojibwe who is also "keeper of the drum." The group was introduced by Sandra Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
I remember doing an article on Olson-Loy for the print media when she first began. Back then the "media" were relegated to paper.
Chancellor Jacquie Johnson made periodic appearances at the podium, serving as sort of a "glue" for the ceremony. She brought Kaler forward with the proper sense of fanfare.
Manjari Govada spoke on behalf of the graduating class. With this distinction comes the Curtis H. Larson Award for Govada.
Larson spoke on behalf of his class in that historic spring of 1964 when UMM ushered its first class into the world. The memories of the JFK assassination were still fresh. Lyndon Johnson was president. Unfortunately we were about to see the worst of the Viet Nam War. I soaked in some of the heated rhetoric at UMM's Edson Auditorium for the "moratoriums" in the late 1960s. I was junior high age but had reason to be on campus.
Whether in turbulent or calm times, UMM music gives a fine backdrop to the festivities. Simon Tillier directed the band this year. (Technically it's "symphonic winds.") Tillier is teaching specialist of music.
The vocal ensemble was directed by an old and capable hand at UMM. He needs no introduction but let's introduce him anyway. He's Ken Hodgson, associate professor of music.
The band played a tune quite appropriate for our prairie setting: "Sheep may safely graze." Hodgson led his singers through "Double, Double Toil and Trouble."
The always engaging Chancellor Johnson gave closing remarks, at which time everyone got their cameras ready for the informal milling about and reception at Oyate. How about a little food next year? (I ask that with levity.)
I came to the graduation hoping I might shoot some photos while being totally inconspicuous. You never know until you arrive at these events. As it turned out, I really needed to get out in front of some people once or twice. Now that I read the program, perhaps this was something I shouldn't have done. We were all asked to remain seated.
But maybe my appearance prompted some nostalgia. I was active in the print media for 26 years. But even that tenure came a long time after that first-ever UMM commencement, memories of which I'll always have tucked away in my head.
And yes, Jacquie, it was held outside. The P.E. Center didn't exist then. Inside, it would have to have been held at the old "P.E. Annex." We were spared being crowded into there.
Congratulations to the 2012 University of Minnesota-Morris graduates.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

MACA boys, girls vanquish Paynesville green

The Tigers had the Paynesville Bulldogs' number in 5/7 baseball and softball action. The orange and black were triumphant both here (for softball) and away (baseball).
We'll start with the baseball wrap which has coach Mark Torgerson's Tigers winning by a 4-2 score.
Pitcher Sam Mattson was at centerstage. The righty allowed just three hits in a route-going performance.
He had a formidable pitching rival in Josh Bungum. Bungum fazed Tiger hitters on many occasions, striking out 14, but he also threw a gopher ball. Chandler Erickson got ahold of a Bungum delivery in the very first inning, with a man on, and this homer did much to give the Tigers a feeling of momentum.
Erickson powered the ball over the left field fence.
Mattson was later blessed with a 4-0 lead. Tanner Picht delivered an RBI double and Jake Torgerson drove in a run with a seeing-eye single.
The green-clad Bulldogs scored one run each in the fifth and sixth, taking advantage of a wild pitch and a walk with the bases full.
Beating Bungum was a plum for the Tigers. He hadn't lost prior to Monday. On April 13 he threw a no-hitter, striking out 13, against Hinckley-Finlayson.
The only Bulldogs to hit safely vs. Mattson were Kyle Schmidt, Anthony Poepping and Nick Hemmesch. Hemmesch had a double.
The MACA line score was four runs, four hits and two errors. The Paynesville numbers were 2-3-2.
Mattson set down six batters on strikes. He walked three and gave up three hits and two runs (earned). Bungum's "14" under strikeouts is quite an attention-getter but he also got the "L" next to his name.
Four Tigers each had one hit: Erickson with that two-run homer, Picht with that RBI double, Tom Holland at one-for-four, and Jacob Torgerson with the bloop RBI single.
On to softball: The orange and black were proud colors at the home diamond where the outcome was a 13-2 triumph. The Tigers scored the 13 runs on nine hits and committed just one error.
The Paynesville line score numbers were 2-6-4.
It was a run-scoring onslaught early-on for Morris Area Chokio Alberta. First, two runs in the first inning, then six in the second and five in the third.
Freshman Tracy Meichsner connected for a three-run home run. Paynesville fielding miscues fueled the Tiger surging. Plus there were four walks issued by Paynesville pitching.
The full lineup, nine batters, came to bat in the big second inning. Sadie Fischer and Holly Amundson connected for doubles, driving in runs. McKenzie VanBatavia singled in a run.
Meichsner's decisive home run came in the third. That homer was part of a three-for-four showing at the plate for Meichsner. (Remember it's "c-h-s" in the middle.)
Fischer finished at two-for-four and a pair of ribbies. Amundson had two RBIs along with going one-for-two. Nicole Strobel and Brooke Wente both went one-for-two.
VanBatavia was the showcased Tiger on the pitching rubber, again. She fanned two batters, walked two and allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) in her five innings.
The ten-run rule came into play.
Allie Stanger had two hits for the green-clad visitors. Paynesville's pitching was handled by Kayla Schaefer (the pitcher of record) and Brooke Wuertz.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

Let's say "hurrah!" for Senior Perspective

(Image source: Mark Perry)
  
The retreat of the print media appears to have a notable local exception. No, it's not the Morris newspaper, which based on circulation and press run numbers appears to be following the decline predictably.
It's Senior Perspective. Although I can't say firmly, a source tells me it's growing. I personally don't read it that much but that doesn't mean it isn't outstanding. You can sense a connection with this paper just by flipping through a few pages.
So what explains the apparent vitality? The large type size is most welcome. The human interest and feature-oriented material is a huge plus. There's generous advertising but this aspect doesn't appear to be the be-all and end-all.
Stop and think: There's a big difference between this paper and the local community papers. There's no sports section! This is a distinction worth some special analysis.
First we need to point out we appreciate all the sports programs offered to our young people. The issue is whether we need to be inundated with all the fine details from games week to week. I know there are people who complain about this.
You shouldn't be surprised to know sports can be a lightning rod for emotions from a certain segment of the readers. Fine, if it's worth the trouble. The question is whether it's worth the trouble. Can we all just appreciate our local sports programs without the media having to do cartwheels over it?
Perhaps people expect the town paper to have a sports section because the big metro papers have one. But the appeal is different. The big-time teams covered in the metro media have broad interest. The "man on the street" can tell you some of the details of recent pro or NCAA Division I competition. Well, let's just say many people can.
The people who aren't interested in sports don't make as much noise as the people who are. The big-time pro teams mesmerize us which is why they can demand new stadiums. This routine can seem downright obscene, but around and around it goes.
Even given the metro dailies' commitment, I should note that a very common suggestion made toward the New York Times, in order for it to deal with the print media retreat, is to eliminate sports. Why? One basis might be that the interest is more limited than we think. Another is that sports is so readily accessible through the new media. Of course, you could argue "what isn't readily accessible through the new media?"
It seems sports is especially well packaged and organized online. The New York Times could cut expenses and keep much or all of its appeal, the argument goes, by nixing sports.
Senior Perspective is a wonderful example of how a publication can apparently thrive sports-free.
I remember when the Morris newspaper did a readership survey in the late 1980s. An oft-heard criticism was "too much sports." The survey company, seeking to guide us on this, said "be careful about this (sports). The interest is limited."
Bullseye. The interest is limited. Rabid but limited. Sports coverage can be like a drug, impossible to cut off once it's established. Once you commit to covering a particular team, it seems you're automatically committed to reporting a certain set of details from every game that team plays, " 'til hell won't have it," as my old late colleague Ron Lindquist would say. 
But why not have a nice condensed update every two weeks or so, especially for teams that seem lower priority? You risk incurring the wrath of people. Wouldn't it have been better to not start covering the team at all? One ends up asking this question.
The publisher of the Morris newspaper in the 1980s (J.M.) had an interpretation of the sports "problem." Sports is highly structured, he wrote, thus it lends itself to published summaries. There are game "boxscores" and quarter-by-quarter reviews. Scoring plays can be described, and rallies and comebacks.
Schools offer many other enriching programs for kids but these don't lend themselves to the same sort of attention. I suppose we could report that a second-chair trumpet player in band got promoted to first. But it would seem stupid. We cover band by announcing concerts and taking a photo of concerts here and there. Theater gets coverage when there's a special event coming up. It's intermittent.
Contrast that to the blizzard of attention commanded by sports, with very few breaks.
Locally there is no need for the print media to cover UMM sports. That's because the UMM website has taken over as a thoroughly reliable outlet for appreciating the Cougars. The summaries and photos are timely and generous. You can click on "schedule." You can click on "roster," and "coaches." It's all there.
Online is a godsend for sports coverage because these rather narrow audiences can be accommodated perfectly. No trees are cut down.
The Morris newspaper only comes out once a week. This creates huge timeliness issues. The newspaper has a website but newspapers don't feel the same incentive for developing websites as an institution like UMM. That incentive would only come if advertisers started beating down doors to get their ads on them. Newspapers are total business organisms.
UMM by contrast simply wants to reach its constituencies. It's a PR motive.
Finding as many as five pages of sports in the newspaper seems ridiculous. The UMM material is redundant. It also has limited interest because most players aren't from this area. We respect these teams but we aren't interested in consuming the myriad details.
High school sports? A retired high school principal told me once that the only people who read the sports are parents who'll count how many times "Jenny's" name appears compared to "Susie's."
Sports should be acknowledged. I don't think anyone would complain if about a third of a page were set aside for scores and schedule information. With the scores, of course, a lot of this info would be old. Tiger football can't be covered in the Morris print media until eight days after the game. Considering we have this wonderful new asset called Big Cat Stadium, I think that's kind of a shame.
No one would object to the "basics" of local high school sports getting into the paper they buy. Outside of that, though, I think the town papers would be well advised following the example of Senior Perspective. No more tail wagging the dog.
Be enterprising. Get out there and seek more human interest feature material, and enlarge the type size please. We have an aging population. I use reading glasses all the time. The tiny type size in much of the West Central Tribune (Willmar) sports section is inexcusable. What a mess. Many people who acquire that paper are probably interested in only one team. But the coverage of that team gets compressed amidst a sea of dizzying sports.
As an aside, I could also point out many errors and discrepancies can be found there. Maybe you can chalk that up to sausage-making. But that's not our (the readers') problem.
Fans of a given team ought to be able to go online and get coverage and enrichment in a reasonably reliable way. I have waited patiently for this to develop. It takes time for people's habits to change. The means existed five or six years ago. Someday we'll wonder why we didn't tap into the universe of the Internet sooner.
Let's congratulate Senior Perspective for doing what any business strives for: giving people what they want and enjoy. This does not include a blizzard of weekly sports details, much as we may feel these programs are wonderful.
Indeed, hats off to Senior Perspective. I congratulate Jennifer Bergerson, who has found very rewarding employment there. A salute too to John Stone, with whom I feel kindred because we have the same kind of birth mark.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tigers live by the shutout, die by the shutout

Baseball: Tigers 10, Pelican Rapids 0
The MACA baseball foe was Pelican Rapids as the April phase of the schedule came to a close. The Tigers waltzed to victory 10-0 on the road.
Lincoln Berget and Tom Holland connected for RBI singles in the second inning to fuel a three-run rally. Two runs were tacked on the scoreboard in the fifth, thanks to a sacrifice fly and wild pitch.
The most robust rally was in the fifth when the hot-hitting Mac Beyer singled to drive in two runs, among the five runs total in that frame. Morris Area Chokio Alberta climbed to a ten-run lead which meant the seventh inning didn't need to be played.
Beyer was a perfect three-for-three with one of his hits a double. He netted two RBIs.
The MACA line score was ten runs, nine hits and no errors. The Pelican Rapids numbers were 0-3-3.
Tom Holland had two hits in three at-bats. Bryce Jergenson had a hit in his only at-bat.
Chandler Erickson netted two RBIs to go with his one-for-three numbers. Lincoln Berget went one-for-two with an RBI, and Sam Mattson was a perfect one-for-one.
Pitching-wise, Chandler Erickson was the starter and winner, and Jake Torgerson closed things out. Chandler's numbers: five innings, seven strikeouts, three walks, three hits and no runs. Jake's numbers: one inning, one strikeout, no walks and no hits or runs.
Losing pitcher Devin Schell pitched the whole way.
Ryan Huseby had a double for Pelican Rapids.
  
Montevideo 3, Tigers 0
The MACA boys were hoping to sneak up to .500 Tuesday (5/1), playing here, but the goal was elusive. It was elusive because of the pitching prowess of Colton Vien.
The Tigers managed just four hits in this 3-0 WCC-South loss. The home field provided no special comfort as the Tigers committed five errors. Montevideo had but one error.
Coach Mark Torgerson's crew came out of the day at 4-6 overall, 3-4 in conference.
Vien and the Tigers' Sam Mattson engaged in a pitching duel with neither team able to score through the first four innings.
The error bugaboo emerged to help Monte plate a run in the fifth. A throwing error allowed a Thunder Hawk to pull in at second. Joe Bednar drove in that runner with a single.
Monte got a little cushion in the sixth with a two-run spurt. Brett Bergeson and Vien reached safely to get things started. The error bugaboo got one of those runs in: a throwing error. A suicide squeeze was good for the other run getting across.
Mattson was the hard-luck loser, going the whole way and giving up three runs, one of which was unearned. He struck out five batters, walked two and gave up five hits.
Vien set down eight batters on strikes and walked just one.
Four Tigers each had one hit: Tanner Picht, Chandler Erickson, Brody Bahr and Lincoln Berget. Erickson's hit was a double.
Bergeson had a two-for-three afternoon for Monte.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com