Tiger girls start May 4-0
The Tigers won a double header on the road Thursday and then won both games at the Morris Invitational Saturday to go 4-0 to start the month of May.
Morris Area 13
The Tigers were at Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday for a double header and started out with a 13-3 win over the Eagles.
"It was windy and cold, but we are used to playing in nasty conditions this spring," said coach Mary Holmberg.
Sara Beyer was on the mound giving up three earned runs on four hits, three walks, and nine strike outs.
"Jen (Storck) and Sara (Beyer) worked well together to keep the Eagle batters off the bases," said Holmberg.
The Tiger defense was solid with catcher Storck throwing out runners at second and third.
Dani Schultz and Beyer were 2-for-3 and Adrienne Gahm, Britney Greenwaldt, Brianna Neuman, and Heather Gagner were 1-for-3.
The Tigers scored four runs in each the first and third innings to take control of the game. They added single runs in the fourth and fifth, and sealed the win with three in the sixth.
"Heather Gagner scored our last run when she came home on a nice sacrifice bunt by Neuman," said Holmberg.
Morris Area 6
The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the seventh to defeat the Eagles 6-1 in the second game of the double header.
Gahm had the hot bat for the Tigers as she was 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles.
"Adrienne (Gahm) had a great day at the plate," said Holmberg.
Kelsey Amundson was the winning pitcher giving up four hits and one run on one walk and eight strike outs.
"Kelsey (Amundson) was very effective," said Holmberg. "She threw hard with great control."
Defensively the Tigers had no errors.
"Britney Greenwaldt had two nice catches and threw out a runner at first from right field," said Holmberg.
Dani Schultz had four assists at third base.
"We turned a great double play in the sixth inning," Holmberg said. "Dani (Schultz) had a ground ball at third, checked the runner, threw to first, then Beyer threw to Storck who tagged out the runner attempting to score."
Morris Area 5
West Central Area 4
On another cold, windy day, the Tigers hosted West Central Area and won their fifth straight 5-4 Saturday.
The Knights scored one run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score 4-4, but the Tigers met the challenge in the bottom of the inning.
Gagner led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a single by Schultz.
"Once Heather (Gagner) got to second base, I knew we had a great chance to score," said Holmberg.
Morris Area scored two runs with two outs in the first inning on back-to-back singles by Mary Rentz, Beyer, and Gahm.
The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning on a lead-off base hit by Schultz, a walk to Katie VanKempen, a fielder's choice by Rentz, and a sacrifice fly ball by Beyer.
The Knights scored their three runs in the top of the fifth inning on four back-to-back hits.
"It was important to take an early lead," said Holmberg. "The seventh inning was a great confidence builder for our team."
Schultz, VanKempen, Rentz, Beyer, Gahm, and Gagner all had hard base hits.
"Another key to this game was our solid defense," said Holmberg. "We committed only one error."
Rentz was busy at short, as was Gagner and Gahm on the right side.
"Beyer pitched well," Holmberg said.
She pitched all seven innings giving up four runs on five hits, two walks, and four strike outs. Four of the Knights' five hits were in the fifth inning.
"Beyer came back in the sixth inning to get two ground balls," said Holmberg. "Then VanKempen made a big catch in center field for the third out."
Morris Area 11
Hillcrest Lutheran 10
After trailing Hillcrest Lutheran Academy for most of the game, the Tigers scored five runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and hold on for an 11-10 win Saturday afternoon.
Hillcrest led 10-4 when the Tigers came to bat in the bottom of the fifth. VanKempen led off with a walk, Rentz singled, then Beyer's sacrifice fly scored VanKempen. A fielder's choice by Storck scored Rentz, who had stolen second and advanced to third on Beyer's sacrifice.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Alissa Melberg reached on a Texas league double. Then Schultz walked, VanKempen singled, Rentz then hit a double, Beyer walked, Gahm walked, and Storck scored a run on a fielder's choice.
"We really came alive offensively," said Holmberg. "The girls fought back and never gave up to win their fifth game in a row."
Rentz was 3-for-3, Beyer was 2-for-2, and Schultz and Gahm were 2-for-3.
Morris Area's defense held the Comets in the sixth and seventh innings.
Rentz and Gahm handled the Comets in the seventh.
"Rentz handled all three ground balls flawlessly," said Holmberg. "She had great concentration at short.
"Jen Storck threw out a runner stealing and had a nice play from catcher to first in the sixth inning."
Amundson started for the Tigers and went three innings allowing seven runs on six hits, three walks, and six strike outs.
Four base hits, a walk, and three Tiger errors initiated a pitching change in the fourth.
"Our defense struggled with infield pop ups and the sun," said Holmberg.
Beyer came in and pitched the rest of the game. She gave up three runs in the fifth and then shut down the Comets in the sixth and seventh innings.