Tigers drop two WCCS games on the road
Morris Area dropped two West Central Conference South softball games, falling at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Yellow Medicine East.
Morris Area 1
"The Tigers went from summer to winter on Friday (April 18), as they left Morris on a bright 62 degree day to a cold, wet 45 degrees in Grove City," said coach Mary Holmberg. "The Tigers' hits were as cold as the air temperature."
The Falcons took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a lead off triple, a walk, another triple, followed by a double, strike, and a single.
The Tigers hit back-to-back singles in the first by Jen Storck and Mary Rentz, but were left stranded on base.
The Falcons scored their fifth run on a lead off walk and a two-out double.
The Falcons added their final three runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a couple of Tiger errors and base hits.
Rentz scored the only Tiger run hitting a double and scoring on a single by Adrienne Gahm.
Defensively Rentz had three assists and three put outs. Sara Beyer had two assists and one put out. Gahm had nine put outs and one assist.
"Bree Nueman had a nice catch in right field," added Holmberg.
"We struggled to put a string of hits together," said Holmberg. "Neuman, Katie VanKempen, Gahm, and Rentz hit the ball hard in the last two innings."
Morris Area 3
Yellow Medicine East scored three unearned runs to defeat the Tigers 5-3 on a cold, windy Monday.
Morris Area took a 3-0 lead on three unearned runs in the first inning. The Tigers had four stolen bases during the inning, two by Rentz and one each by VanKempen and Britney Greenwaldt.
"We ran the bases very well and put the pressure on the Sting defense," said Holmberg. "It was our best start of the season."
During that inning, pitcher Molly Anderson walked two and hit a batter, but she settled down for the remainder of the game giving up only one hit, walking two more, and striking out five.
The inning started with a lead-off walk by VanKempen. With one out, Rentz was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on two stolen bases. Gahm reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a passed ball. Britney Greenwaldt walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball, but was left stranded at third.
After the first inning the Tigers had only two other base runners. Sara Beyer singled and Dani Schultz reached on a walk.
"Kelsey Amundson pitched another good game for us," said Holmberg. "She was consistent on the plate striking out seven and walking only two."
Amundson gave up six hits and five runs, only two of which were earned.
"We did not give Kelsey any offensive support," said Holmberg. "The girls have made contact, but we need to keep hitting the ball hard."
Defensively, Alissa Melberg had a double play from center, catching the ball and throwing to second base to double up the runner.