Morris Area started Saturday with a 6-1 win over Edgerton in the Section 3A softball tournament, but was eliminated by Adrian in a 5-2 loss later in the day.
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The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the toP of the third inning. Jen Storck led off with a walk. Courtesy runner Alissa Melberg reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Katie VanKempen. Dani Schultz then walked and stole second. Heather Gagner's RBI base hit scored Melberg to put Morris Area on the board. Then Mary Rentz singled to score Schultz and Gagner scored on a double by Sara Beyer.
"We took advantage of two walks and great hits by Dani, Mary, Heather, and Sara," said coach Mary Holmberg.
Edgerton scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 3-1.
Schultz led off the fifth inning with a base hit and Gagner's sacrifice bunt advanced her to second. Then Rentz singled and Schultz reached third to put runners on the corners. Schultz reached home on a sacrifice fly ball by Adrienne Gahm. Beyer then recorded her second RBI of the game scoring Rentz.
"Those two runs were very important," said Holmberg. "Adrienne hit the ball well to score Dani."
The Tigers added another insurance run in the sixth inning when Katie VanKempen walked and scored on a base hit by Gagner.
"Heather had her best game of the year at the plate, getting three base hits."
Defensively, the Tigers only committed one error.
"All the girls played solid defense and fielded everything cleanly."
Kelsey Amundson pitched all seven innings. She gave up four hits and only walked one, while striking out seven.
"Kelsey was in control the whole game," said Holmberg. "She and Jen (Storck) worked well together keeping the hitters off balance."
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Gahm nearly delivered a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the fifth which would have tied the score 5-5. The ball was held up in the wind and was caught by the center fielder.
"Adrienne hit the ball as hard as she could," said Holmberg. "That was our best chance to change the outcome of the game."
Morris Area took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Gahm led off with a double. Britney Greenwaldt reached on an error but was called out for interference. Gahm scored on a single by Storck and Brianna Neuman scored on a fielder's choice by VanKempen.
Adrian scored three more runs in the fourth and a final in the seventh.
"I thought we hit the ball well, but Adrian played good defense," said Holmberg.
Defensively, the left side was busy. Neuman made three catches in left and had a good relay to short stop Rentz and Schultz on third base to take away a triple.
Storck tagged out two runners at home with throws from Rentz and Schultz.
Amundson pitched her second full game of the day, giving up eight hits and one walk, while striking out two.
"I thought Kelsey had good snap on the ball for the second game of the day," Holmberg said.