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).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The southern Minnesota curse? MACA girls fall 3-0

Pipestone 3, Tigers 0
What does it take to make the state tournament? MACA had an absolutely spectacular softball team this past spring, able to knock the cover off the ball, but we're denied state.
Like clockwork, MACA advances to the point where we start having to play those teams from southern Minnesota. Is there something in the drinking water down there? Whatever the case, this script was followed again in 2015. Our spectacular MACA softball team had the end come in Section 3AA play. Shelby Bloemendaal was the buzz saw type of pitcher we came up against.
Bloemendaal pitches for Pipestone. The Tigers got shut out against this very sharp pitcher and her Pipestone Arrow mates. The score was 3-0. The curtain came down on our season.
I had the privilege of covering Tiger softball several times in state in "the old days." I wonder when those days will come again.
Bloemendaal tossed a two-hit shutout in the May 26 action at Marshall. The two hits were by Piper Gibson and Lexi Mahoney. Rachel Styberg went three-for-three for the Arrows, and Bloemendaal came through at two-for-two. That adds up to five Pipestone hits, but the West Central Tribune reported a line score that had seven Pipestone hits. Back in the days when I wrote for the Sun Tribune here, discrepancies like this (common in the Willmar paper) would have people commenting on my basic lack of intelligence, often with foul language. You would think people in this town are well-educated enough to not have to resort to such expression. When I was in college, I frequently aced assignments that involved complex analysis of deep subject matter. Fifteen years later, people around this town suggested I'm not capable of typing a review of a softball or baseball game. I think there was more going on below the surface. It's too bad someone like Mike Martin, school administrator, had to spend so much of his time working for the paper.
Pipestone committed no errors. MACA had two fielding miscues. Bloemendaal struck out three batters, walked two and allowed just the two hits.
Kayla Pring applied her pitching arm for Morris Area Chokio Alberta. The hard-luck loser struck out one batter, walked three and gave up seven hits in her six innings. One of the runs she allowed was unearned.
The game was marked by suspense as the score stood 1-0 after five innings. Pipestone got some breathing room in the sixth with two runs. A 3-0 lead looked pretty decisive with the likes of Bloemendaal pitching.
Pipestone is the No. 2 seed out of the South. We were the North's top seed. We felt some hope in the sixth frame when Lexi Mahoney singled and advanced to second on Piper Gibson's sacrifice bunt. Alas, there were no runs to be scored on this day.
Pipestone advanced with another win after the MACA game. Pipestone beat Jackson County Central in the losers bracket final. The Arrows are now focused on trying to beat New Ulm today (Thursday) in Marshall.
Our final won-lost mark for 2015: 21-3. Quite the campaign.
Baseball: Tigers 1, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 0
MACA needed just one run to come out on top in Tuesday baseball action. Thus we're still in contention out of the elimination bracket in post-season play. Now we'll play the Marshall Tigers at 5 p.m. today (Thursday).
Against GFW the one MACA run came home in the fifth, thanks to Trent Marty getting on base from an apparent strikeout. The ball was in the dirt on what would have been strike three. That was critical. Nic Solvie laid down a sacrifice bunt. Sean Amundson came up to bat and there was no more nickel-and-diming for this run, as Sean doubled. A run is in. That would hold up for pitcher Brady Jergenson.
Jergenson allowed only two base runners in this shutout gem. It was a one-hitter in which he fanned six batters and walked four. Nolan Huiras was the losing pitcher and also had GFW's only hit.
Neither team committed an error. We outhit GFW 5-1. In addition to Amundson, these MACA players hit safely: Nate Anderson, Jergenson, Toby Sayles and Marty. Sayles came close to scoring a run in the second but he was cut down at the plate, seeking to score on a Marty single.
Stay tuned to see if MACA can maintain the winning edge!
New London-Spicer 4, Tigers 3
Section 3AA baseball action was intense on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The holiday weekend isn't a laid-back time for many student-athletes.
New London-Spicer turned back our MACA Tigers at the Spicer diamond. NL-Spicer won twice in Section 3AA action on Saturday. The Wildcats edged our Tigers 4-3. the orange and black played errorless ball while NL-Spicer committed one error.
The Wildcats surged in the third inning with a three-run rally. The Tigers scored one run each in the third, fourth and seventh innings. We were outhit 5-4. Noah Grove made noise with his bat, connecting for a home run. He had a two-for-four boxscore line.
Riley Biesterfeld had a hit and an RBI. Trent Marty hit safely and scored a run. Robert Rohloff crossed home plate once.
For NL-Spicer, Ike Goetzman doubled as part of going two-for-four, and scored two runs. Josh Soine doubled, drove in a run and scored one. Trey Austvold homered. This Wildcat drove in three runs and scored one. Tyler Kemen added a hit to the mix for the victor.
Landon Tanner pitched almost the whole way for NL-Spicer, but it was Will Roguske getting the win. Tanner pitched six and a third innings, fanning three batters and walking two. Roguske finished the job with a stint of two-thirds of an inning in which he allowed no hits.
NL-Spicer led 3-2 after six innings. Each team scored a run in the seventh. Toby Sayles took the pitching loss for Morris Area Chokio Alberta. Sayles employed his arm for six and a third innings. He fanned three batters and struggled some with control, walking five. He gave up four hits and four runs (earned). Noah Grove had a brief pitching appearance. 
This was a second-round game in Section 3AA play.
BOLD 7, Tigers 3
BOLD overcame four errors to hand our Tigers defeat in a game that was played over two days. Suspension was called for along the way. When the full seven innings were finally completed, it was BOLD with seven runs and the Tigers with three. We were outhit 6-5.
Lane Stadther gave a big push with his bat for the victor. He socked a home run. He went two-for-four with two runs scored and two ribbies. Austin Weis and Ben Steffel each had a double and a run-batted-in. Reed Stadther and Max Buchtel each had a one-for-three line, and Buchtel had an RBI.
For MACA, Brady Jergenson had a hit and two RBIs. Noah Grove had two hits in four at-bats. Nathan Anderson and Trent Marty each went one-for-three.
Steffel got the pitching win, striking out three batters in his four innings. Weis hurled for three innings and had control problems, issuing five walks and striking out none.
BOLD's four errors contrasted with the Tigers' mere one. But BOLD had an offense that went on the attack early, generating two runs each in the first and third innings. The Warriors went on to plate one run in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Jergenson pitched the distance of seven innings and got tagged with the loss. He struck out seven batters, walked three and gave up six hits. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.
We scored one run each in the first, third and seventh innings.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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