Saturday, May 10, 2014
Girls sweep Sauk Centre, boys prevail vs. NL-Spicer
Tuesday, May 6, brought a doubleheader of softball action involving the Tigers of MACA and Streeters of Sauk Centre. The defense ruled on this day. Runs were infrequent. None of this stood in the way of the Tigers winning.
Coach Mary Holmberg's orange and black squad took game 1 in a 1-0 final. They completed the sweep with a 2-1 triumph in game 2. The action was in Sauk Centre.
Kayla Pring pitched in both games and got the win in both games. In game 1 this was with a complete game performance of seven innings. She was quite in command, striking out six batters and walking none. This was a one-hitter pitching gem by Kayla.
Game 2 saw Kayla share the pitching work with Brooke Gillespie. Gillespie pitched two and a third innings and Pring finished up with four and two-thirds. Gillespie struck out four batters but had some control problems, walking three. She allowed no hits or runs. Pring set down two batters on strikes, walked none and allowed two hits. Sauk Centre got to her for one run but it was unearned.
Katelyn Durbin did all of Sauk Centre's pitching on this day.
MACA achieved its 1-0 game 1 win with one run scored in the fifth. Emma Zosel was the Tiger scoring that run. She was on base as pinch-runner. She scored when Becca Holland connected for a double. Becca had two hits in three at-bats. Lauren Reimers was one-for-one. Morgan Gamradt had Sauk Centre's only hit.
The game 2 story was the Tigers capitalizing on breaks. Two runs spelled victory. The first came home on a dropped fly ball. The second was scored on a passed ball. Both runs scored in the sixth. Sauk Centre scored its only run in the fifth. Each team had two hits. Becca Holland again attacked well with the bat, going two-for-two with a double. Morgan Gamradt went two-for-two for Sauk Centre including a double.
The Tigers won a good grade with fielding, committing just one error in each of the two games.
The day's success elevated the Tigers' win total to 12. It's fun to see the Tigers when they score runs in bunches, but it's just as fun to prevail in a low-scoring, defense-dominated game. The Tigers are familiar with both situations.
Baseball: Tigers 8, New London-Spicer 4
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys played a solid brand of ball at the Spicer diamond on Monday, May 5. They were sharp in the field, committing just one error compared to New London-Spicer's three. They gave pitcher Noah Grove a 3-0 advantage in the first inning. The Tigers had two more good rallies in the game: two runs in the third and three in the fifth.
The MACA line score was eight runs, seven hits and one error. The NL-Spicer numbers were 4-7-3.
Grove pitched the whole way and accumulated 12 strikeouts. He walked five and scattered seven hits. Two of the four runs scored off him were unearned. He deftly mixed his curve and fastball. Lucas Nordmeyer and Tyson Gislason shared the NL-Spicer pitching with Nordmeyer getting tagged with the loss.
The Tigers led 5-0 through three innings. The Wildcats broke through for two runs each in the fourth and fifth, before Grove settled down to blank them in the sixth and seventh.
Nate Anderson had two hits in two at-bats for the Tigers. Corey Storck went two-for-three with one of his hits a double. The Willmar newspaper has two "Brady Jergensons" listed. I believe there are two Jergenson brothers on the team. Anyway, both made some noise with the bat, one getting two hits, the other one.
Trey Austvold went two-for-four for the Wildcats. Wildcat Eben Pederson had a double in his only at-bat and two walks received.
This was a non-conference game for MACA.
Softball: Marshall 4, Tigers 1
Kayla Pring socked a solo home run for the MACA softball Tigers in the third inning Monday. Unfortunately this was not going to set the tone for the game. Playing down south in Marshall, the Tigers came up shy on the scoreboard, 4-1.
The Tigers outhit Marshall 7-6. Neither team committed an error. Marshall scored one run in the first inning and three in the third. After that, Marshall pitcher Miranda Fischer bore down and sealed the win for Marshall (the "Tigers," like us).
Brooke Gillespie took the loss on the pitching rubber. She worked five innings and got roughed up some, walking three and allowing six hits and the four Marshall runs. Kayla Pring pitched one inning and fanned two batters.
Two players accounted for Marshall's four hits: Madison Radel and Miranda Fischer. Radel had a double and two RBIs.
Pring and her home run were a boxscore highlight for MACA. Becca Holland went two-for-four. Megan Gillespie had a hit in three at-bats. Nicole Strobel had a nice three-for-three line.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - email@example.com