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The Morris Area softball team split a double header with Paynesville Tuesday on the road.

Paynesville 14

Morris Area 3

Paynesville scored five runs in the top of the seventh to seal a 14-3 victory over the Tigers.

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"Paynesville hit the ball very well," said Tiger coach Mary Holmberg. "It has been a long time since our pitchers have given up 14 runs."

The 16 Bulldog hits and six Tiger errors contributed to the loss for Morris.

The Tigers scored single runs in the first, fourth, and seventh innings.

MacKenzie Weatherly started for the Tigers and took the loss.

Kelsey Amundson and Sara Beyer came into the game to show a different look for the Tigers, but no one could calm Paynesville's bats.

Paynesville's Whitney Woehler gave up only three hits, scattered throughout the game. Courtney Vogel and Sara Beyer each hit a single. Kelsey Greenwaldt hit a double.

"She was difficult to hit," said Holmberg.

On defense, Dani Schultz picked off a runner at first in the first inning.

Brianna Neuman made a diving catch in right field in the third to save a couple of runs.

Defensively, the Tigers committed too many errors.

Morris Area 14

Paynesville 11

The Tigers turned the tables for game two, scoring 14 runs themselves and defeating the Bulldogs 14-11.

Shadow Olson hit a two-run double as the Tigers took a 12-9 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Tigers added two insurance runs in the seventh.

Mary Rentz led off with a double. Beyer walked, and Haley Henrichs came in as a courtesy runner for Beyer. Vogel then hit a blooper behind the pitcher and the infielder threw wide to first to score two runs.

"I knew that it was going to be a tough play," said Holmberg. "Courtney made contact and that was important."

Down 6-0 in the top of the third inning, the Tigers put five runs on the board

With one out, Heather Gagner singled and scored on a triple by Schultz. Then Rentz singled in Schultz. Beyer then hit her first homerun of the day.

"Sara hit the ball hard and into the wind," said Holmberg.

Greenwaldt then followed with a single and Kelsey Amundson singled.

The Tigers scored two more in the fourth on walks and a triple by Rentz.

Amundson led off with a walk in the fifth and scored on a single by Olson.

Rentz led off the sixth with a triple, followed by another Beyer homerun.

With two outs, Weatherly and Alissa Melberg both singled, before the double by Olson.

Down 6-0 in the top of the third inning, the Tigers put five runs on the board.

With one out, Heather Gagner singled and scored on a triple by Schultz. Then Rentz singled in Schultz. Beyer then hit her first homerun of the day.

"Sara hit the ball hard and into the wind," said Holmberg.

Greenwaldt then followed with a single and Kelsey Amundson singled.

The Tigers scored two more in the fourth on walks and a triple by Rentz.

Amundson led off with a walk in the fifth and scored on a single by Olson.

Rentz led off the sixth with a triple, followed by another Beyer homerun.

With two outs, Weatherly and Alissa Melberg both singled, before the double by Olson.

"We had excellent hitting by Rentz and Beyer," said Holmberg. "Everyone made contact with the ball."

Rentz was 4-for-4.

"Amundson, Olson, Schultz, Greenwaldt, Weatherly and Melberg all came through with nice hits to set up our runs."

Amundson and Weatherly gave up 13 hits and only two walks.

"Kelsey and Mac pitched a steady game," said Holmberg." Neither of them seemed to get rattled. They stayed positive throughout the game."

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