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Tiger softball team wins with tiebreaker

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The Morris Area softball team broke a tie in the sixth inning to take home a 6-5 win from Benson/Hancock Friday.

Brianna Neuman led off the top of the sixth with a walk, stole second, and scored on a double by Mary Rentz.

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"Neuman executed a long lead to perfection," said coach Mary Holmberg. "Mary had hit the ball hard all day and she capitalized on a great opportunity."

In the bottom of the sixth, the Brave-Owls threatened with the bases loaded and only one out. Kelsey Amundson struck out the first batter, then gave up back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases.

After catching the entire game, Sara Beyer came in to pitch. Hannah Sayles came in to catch.

Beyer got the lead-off hitter to fly out to Neuman in right field and then struck out the number-two batter.

"Beyer and Sayles handled the pressure in a very difficult situation," said Holmberg. "Sara kept the ball around the plate and Hannah did a great job of catching.

Amundson had thrown well up to that point, giving up only two runs through four innings. She ran into some control problems and threw some pitches that Beyer had trouble handling.

"Beyer did a great job for catching her first varsity game," said Holmberg.

The Tigers had taken a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Kelsey Greenwaldt reached on an error and scored on a bunt by Courtney Vogel. Vogel later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Haley Henrichs.

"Henrichs put down a great RBI bunt."

With two outs in the third inning, Rentz hit a triple and scored on a single by Beyer.

In the fourth inning, Alissa Melberg singled with one out. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Neuman. Shadow Olson then reached on a walk. Both scored on a double by Heather Gagner.

The Tigers missed an opportunity to score in the fifth inning. Beyer led off with a double and Greenwaldt walked, but both were left stranded on base.

Benson/Hancock tied the game in the fifth inning with three runs, two of which were unearned.

"This was a great win for the girls," said Holmberg. "It was a total team effort. We played well defensively and under pressure."

Beyer took away two stolen bases from the Brave-Owls.

Rentz made a catch from Beyer for the out in the fourth inning.

"Rentz, Beyer, and Gagner hit for extra bases and Vogel and Melberg had nice base hits," added Holmberg. "We put our bunts down, which set up some runs."

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