Monday, May 12, 2014
MACA girls nearly gain sweep, settle for split
Game 1: Tigers 4, Montevideo 2
The Tigers outhit the Thunder Hawks 8-4 in the opening game win. Monte had three errors and the Tigers two. Pitcher Kayla Pring blanked the host T-Hawks all the way until the seventh inning. Monte broke through to score its two runs in the seventh, but by then the Tigers had plated four. MACA scored two runs in the second inning and one each in the third and sixth.
Pring was dead-on with her control, walking no one. She fanned two T-Hawks. She allowed five hits and the two Monte runs which were earned. She outdueled Kiersti Grey of the T-Hawks. Grey fanned four batters, walked none and gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned).
Offensively the Tigers got fuel from Lauren Reimers whose bat resounded with a solo home run. Reimers had a two-for-three boxscore line. Nicole Strobel and Chelsey Ehleringer each had two hits in three at-bats. Brooke Johnson doubled and drove in a run. Megan Gillespie's bat produced a hit and two RBIs.
Two Monte players each had two hits: Ashley Hoehne and Lindsey Olson. Alissa Runia had one hit for the host.
Game 2: Montevideo 16, Tigers 15
Prospects for a sweep looked good for Morris Area Chokio Alberta in the top of the seventh. The Tigers took a 15-11 lead thanks to a Brooke Johnson two-run single.
The Tigers just couldn't keep the Thunder Hawks contained in the bottom of the seventh. Alex Tongen came to bat as pinch-hitter and responded with a two-run single to cap the decisive five-run Monte rally, bringing victory for the host team. Prior to Tongen's appearance at the plate, Hannah Kuno connected for a two-run single.
Grey pitched for Monte as she had in game 1, but she was relieved by Ashley Hoehne who got the win. Grey pitched five and a third innings, while Hoehne had a stint of one and two-thirds innings. Grey fanned three batters and Hoehne had one strikeout. Grey got roughed up to the tune of 14 hits allowed. Three of the runs she allowed were unearned.
Brianna Abril was the hard-luck loser. This Tiger pitched three innings and ended up as one of four Tigers seeing pitching action - quite unusual. Lacee Maanum, Brooke Gillespie and Kayla Pring also pitched for Motown.
The Tigers surged in the middle innings with their bats.
Monte had the early edge, leading 3-1 after one inning and 8-4 after three innings. Coach Mary Holmberg's orange and black squad came on strong to score two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. MACA added its last three runs in the seventh and was in prime position to win, but Monte simply wasn't to be denied in this game, despite its considerable fielding problems (eight errors). Monte had that clinching five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Game over. MACA settled for the split.
Many Tigers contributed in the 16-hit attack. Lauren Reimers again had an explosive bat, this time with two doubles as part of a three-for-four showing. She drove in a run. Brooke Johnson's bat resounded with three-for-four numbers too. Brooke drove in three runs.
Nicole Strobel was off to the races with two triples. Nicole finished at two-for-five and two ribbies. Abby Daly was two-for-four with a double. Becca Holland came through with a double and three RBIs. Pring had a hit and two RBIs. Chelsey Ehleringer had a hit and an RBI. Other Tigers with a hit were Lacee Maanum, Brooke Gillespie and Sam Henrichs.
Monte's hot bat was wielded by Lindsey Olson who was a perfect four-for-four with two RBIs.
Hopefully Tiger softball can be blessed with better weather in this new week. It doesn't look hopeful now (on Monday afternoon, dreary).
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com