Morris Area's record improved to 8-5 overall and 5-5 in West Central Conference South softball with three wins on the road this week. The Tigers defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Minnewaska Area, and Montevideo to stretch their winning streak to eight.
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Sara Beyer hit two doubles and batted in three runs when the Tigers defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-4 in a non-conference game Monday.
Beyer also came in to pitch in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and no outs.
"Sara did very well under pressure," said coach Mary Holmberg. "She had been hitting the ball hard and pitched us out of a jam."
Kelsey Amundson pitched six innings, giving up four runs, two earned.
"Kelsey threw well giving up only five hits," said Holmberg. "Sara was steady in the seventh to help save the win for Kelsey."
Both sides scored one run in the first, but the Tigers took a two-point lead in the second.
The Tigers increased their lead to 6-1 in the fourth, before Long Prairie added one in the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the seventh Long Prairie picked up two runs.
"Our defense had three errors in the seventh inning," said Holmberg. "We let them back in the game when we should have shut the door."
Defensively, Mary Rentz played solid at short stop taking away a base hit in the sixth inning.
"Beyer had a nice stretch at first base and took care of the last two batters herself," said Holmberg.
On the offense, Brianna Neuman and Kelsey Greenwaldt each had nice bunts for base hits.
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Morris Area defeated Minnewaska Area 5-2 on Tuesday, handing the Lakers their first loss of the season. The Lakers had been undefeated and were leading the pack in the West Central Conference South.
The Tigers jumped to a four-run lead in the first inning. Dani Schultz started the game with a single, then Katie VanKempen put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Schultz to second. Rentz got on by an error and stole second base. Beyer reached on an error and Neuman stepped in to courtesy run.
With the bases loaded, Adrienne Gahm hit a three RBI double to right center, clearing the bases and reaching third.
With one out, Greenwaldt bunted Gahm home on a safety squeeze.
"Adrienne hit the ball with confidence," said Holmberg. "It was a great way to start the game."
Minnewaska scored one run in the second inning. Two walks, a fielder's choice, and a base hit led to the run.
"On the base hit, Alissa Melberg threw to Rentz who threw home to Jen Storck, putting the tag on the runner, Shannon Bosek." said Holmberg. "That was a great relay throw and Jen was ready with the tag."
The last Tiger run came in the top of the fourth. With one out, Heather Gagner singled, reached second on a misplayed ground ball hit by Melberg. The two then executed a double steal, before Gagner scored on a ground ball by Schultz.
"With Heather's speed I knew we had a chance to score a run if she reached third base," Holmberg said.
The Lakers' final run came in the bottom of the fourth. Schultz stabbed a looping ground ball over third base and threw out Cassie Jacobs for the first out. Erika Olson then walked, before Nichole Lange singled and scored on an error.
Schultz was 3-for-4 on the day, while Gahm and Gagner were 1-for-2.
"The Tigers took care of the offense in the first inning," said Holmberg. "But pitching and defense were the keys to victory.
Beyer pitched the first five innings, giving up only three hits.
"Sara scattered some walks and hits," said Holmberg. "When she got into a little trouble the defense came through with some huge plays."
Amundson pitched the sixth and seventh, giving up only one hit. She faced Pfeninger, Jacobs, and Olson in the bottom of the seventh. In the first game against Minnewaska, Pfeninger was 4-for-4 and Jacobs was 2-for-3.
"Kelsey was well composed getting a ground out to second, a fly ball to VanKempen, and then a game-ending strike out.
"It was a nice way to end a hard fought game."
Defensively, Schultz and Rentz took away base hits with their play at third base and short stop. Each had four assists and two put outs.
"Minnewaska is a good hitting team," said Holmberg. "Everyone had to concentrate."
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The Tigers won their eighth straight defeating Montevideo 16-9 in a make-up game Wednesday.
Down 5-0, the Tigers tied it up in the fourth on four base hits, a walk, and a Thunder Hawk error. With one out, Amundson hit a two-RBI bases-loaded single to put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
"Kelsey has not had many chances to hit, but she came through with a big one to get us started," said Holmberg.
Rentz then hit a bases-loaded triple to tie the score.
Montevideo scored again in the bottom of the fourth to go back up 6-5.
Morris Area responded in the top of the fifth with seven runs on four hits, three walks, and an error. Schultz and Beyer each had two-RBI doubles in the inning.
Montevideo came back with three runs in the sixth to close the gap to 12-9.
The Tigers answered with four runs in the seventh. Rentz hit her second RBI triple, along with hits from Schultz, Gahm, and a sacrifice fly by Beyer.
"Rentz picked a good time to come out of her hitting slump," said Holmberg. "She had two big triples with runners on base for a total of six RBIs on the day.
"Dani, Adrienne, Sara, and Heather continued hitting the ball hard," said Holmberg. "Jen and Britney picked up a hit as well."
Beyer started for the Tigers and game up five runs, on six hits, and six walks. Amundson came in and gave up four runs on three hits, no walks, and three strike outs.
"Montevideo is a good hitting team," said Holmberg. "We committed four errors. At times we were frustrated, but we came back, scored some runs, and kept them off the bases in the fifth and seventh innings."
Defensively, Storck made a catch on a foul ball, threw two runners out at second and third base from the catching spot.
"Jen has been solid all year" said Holmberg. "Her throws were perfect."