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Tigers get ready for Section 3AA softball tourney

Just three weeks since their first softball game, the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers have wrapped up the regular season with a 10-7 overall record and will begin Section 3AA play-off action Tuesday.

As the No. 3 seed the Tigers open the tournament May 21 in Marshall. The Tigers take on sixth-seeded Benson/Hancock at 4:30, and with a win over the Brave Owls, will play a second game at 6 p.m.

The Tigers just picked up a pair of shutout wins at Benson on Thursday in the West Central South.

The Brave Owls fell 5-0 and 7-0.

McKenzie Van Batavia threw a no-hitter in the first game with five strikeouts.

Only one Brave Owl reached base, in the sixth, on a grounder that caromed off the pitching slab and to the shortstop, who mishandled the ball — a tough play but the scorer ruled it wasn’t a clean enough hit to break up a no-hitter in the sixth.

In game one Brooke Johnson and Abbie Olson provided offense combining for three hits with a double by Olson to score a run. The game was 1-0 through five when the Tigers broke loose for four more runs. Kayla Jones threw a six-hitter over six innings.

In the second game Brianna Abril pitched a fine three-hitter with one walk and also provided two hits. Johnson again had two hits. Jones had two of the Brave Owls’ three hits.

Game One

Morris/C-A 5, Benson/Hancock 0

Morris/C-A 100 004 —5 6 1

Benson/H 000 000 —0 0 3

HITTING –

Morris/C-A: Sadie Fischer 1-for-4, Brooke Johnson 2-for-3, Abbie Olson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Nicole Stroebel 1-for-3, Brianna Abril 1-for-2

Benson/Hancock: no hits

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) –

Morris/C-A: McKenzie Van Batavia (W) 6-0-0-0-0-5

B/H: Kayla Jones (L) 6-6-5-3-2-3

Game Two

Morris/C-A 7, Benson/Hancock 0

Benson/H 000 000 — 0 3 3

Morris/C-A 110 05X —7 6 0

HITTING –

B/H: Kayla Jones 2-for-3, Holly Ricard 1-for-1

Morris/C-A: Brooke Johnson 2-for-2, McKenzie Van Batavia 1-for-3, rbi; Abbie Olson 1-for-3, rbi; Bri Abril 2-for-2, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) –

B/H: Kayla Jones 3-4-2-1-1-2, Brittney Kurkosky 1-0-1-1-1-2, Addie Forbord 1-2-4-4-2-0

Morris/C-A: Brianna Abril (W) 6-3-0-0-1-1

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