Minnewaska hurt itself with six errors Tuesday. The Tigers played errorless ball. The big inning was the fourth in which we plated eight runs. We outhit the Lakers 12-6.
Brooke Gillespie had a double as part of going three-for-three. Madison Wevley had three hits in three at-bats. Becca Holland rapped two hits in four at-bats. Lindsey Dierks' bat resonated with a double. Nicole Solvie and Lexi Mahoney each added a hit to the mix. Add up the hits and you get eleven, but the line score in the Willmar paper had 12. Erratum.
Laker Erin Edmunds doubled and drove in a run as part of going two-for-three. Mason Schlief had two hits in three at-bats. Abby VerSteeg and Alisha Vigil each hit safely.
Ashley Solvie was showcased on the pitching rubber for MACA. She struck out two batters and walked two in her five innings. She gave up six hits. Rachel Eickson was the Minnewaska Area pitcher.
The Tigers climbed to 6-0 in their conference fortunes. As promising as these won-lost numbers are, we have to wonder if MACA can get past those southern Minnesota teams in the post-season.
The difference came in the sixth. Michael Gruber of the Lakers scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. The 1-0 loss for MACA was our first in conference play. Neither team committed an error in this game played at 'Waska. The Lakers outhit our Tigers 5-2. The two Morris Area Chokio Alberta hits were off the bats of Sean Amundson and Denner Dougherty.
Gruber had one hit for the Lakers. VerSteeg, always a thorn in the Tigers' side, went two-for-three. Colin Richards had a one-for-three line, and Ryder Lyuk had a double.
Brady Jergenson was the hard-luck losing pitcher. Brady struck out seven batters, walked two and allowed five hits. The 'Waska run was earned. VerSteeg's two-hitter gem saw him strike out six batters and walk one.
For a time, we looked to be in control. We had a most promising 6-1 lead after three innings. Shea Oman of the Wildcats connected for a three-run homer in the fourth. The Tigers fought back, plating two runs in the bottom of that inning. So we're up by four. A huge turning point in the game came when Mya Rohman hit a grand slam homer for New London-Spicer. The big blow tied the score. Another run for NL-Spicer in that inning pushed the Wildcats into the lead, 9-8. Bring on the seventh inning!
Olivia Christopherson worked the MACA pitcher for a walk. Olivia sprinted home on Rohman's double. Up to bat comes Alyssa Fredrick who rapped a single to drive in a run. As the home team we had a chance to overcome the Wildcats in the bottom of the seventh. We answered the call with three hits. Doubles resonated off the bats of Piper Gibson and Lexi Mahoney. Madi Wevley delivered a hit to drive in a run. Madi got stranded at second. Alas, the game ended with the Wildcats as the 11-10 winner.
NL-Spicer had the hitting edge 12-8. The error totals were three for NL-Spicer and four for MACA.
Wevley had a fine three-for-four boxscore line and drove in a run. Lexi Mahoney was a force at two-for-four including a double, and this Tiger drove in three runs. Piper Gibson was a perfect two-for-two. Brooke Gillespie added a hit to the mix. Gillespie and Ashley Solvie shared the pitching. Gillespie pitched five innings, struck out three batters and walked one, and allowed seven hits and five runs. Solvie was tagged with the loss. She walked one batter and allowed five hits in her two innings.
The winning pitcher was Olivia Christopherson who fanned ten batters. Three of the runs she allowed were unearned. She walked five batters and allowed eight hits.
The NL-Spicer offensive numbers show Mya Rohman was a big force with a three-for-five line including a home run and double, and this Wildcat drove in five runs. Shea Oman's homer was part of a two-for-four showing, and she drove in three runs. Alyssa Fredrick went two-for-five with an RBI. Other Wildcats hitting safely were Espi Austvold, Kara Jacobson, Christopherson and Megan Thorson.