Saturday, May 13, 2017
MACA girls split doubleheader vs. Melrose
A 12-2 win was the highlight of a doubleheader the MACA softball Tigers played against Melrose. The Thursday (5/11) action had MACA pounce early with three runs in the first inning and five in the third. The game's one-sidedness kept it to five innings. We added one run in the fourth and two in the fifth. We outhit the Dutchmen 9-4. We out-fielded them by committing three errors compared to the Dutchmen's five.
Piper Gibson gave fuel to the run-scoring with two hits, one of them a double. Nicole Solvie had a two-for-three line. Other Tigers hitting safely were Emma Bowman, Brooke Gillespie, Liz Dietz, Karly Fehr and Kalley Hottovy. Kayla Austing had two hits including a double for Melrose.
Gillespie pitched the whole way for MACA. Her stat line was impressive with five strikeouts and no walks. The losing pitcher was Kenzie Meyer who gave up five earned runs among the 12 total she yielded. She struck out one batter and walked none.
Melrose 4, Tigers 3
We nearly achieved a sweep on Thursday. Karly Fehr lifted fans' hopes with a single that drove in two runs in the sixth inning. The score was now tied. But Melrose got a run in the seventh to get the 4-3 win. We got outhit 10-7. Our fielding was solid with just one error, while the Dutchmen had two.
We took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Goose eggs appeared on the scoreboard for a time after that. Melrose did all its scoring late: one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Fehr finished with a one-for-three line offensively. Liz Dietz socked a double. Other Tigers with hits were: Bailey Marty, Piper Gibson, Brooke Gillespie, Ashley Solvie and Nicole Solvie. Two Melrose batters each had two hits: Kayla Austing and Taryn Van Heel.
Three pitchers worked for MACA: Ashley Solvie, Brooke Gillespie and Liz Dietz. Solvie worked five and two-thirds innings and fanned four batters while walking none. Gillespie was the pitcher of record. Makiya Luetmer pitched the whole way for Melrose. She fanned three batters, walked none and allowed seven hits and the three runs (two earned).
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - email@example.com