Tigers split in softball action
The Morris Area softball team started the week splitting two conference games, downing Yellow Medicine East on the road Monday and falling to Benson/ Hancock at home Tuesday.
Morris Area 12
The Tigers defeated the Sting 12-2 in five innings.
Mackenzie Weatherly pitched for the Tigers, giving up seven hits, two runs, one of which was earned. She issued no walks.
"Mackenzie kept the ball low and had five big strike outs," said coach Mary Holmberg.
The Tigers scored one run in the second inning when Mary Rentz singled and advanced to second with a fielder's choice by Sara Beyer. With two outs, Kelsey Greenwaldt doubled in the first run.
YME pitcher Ashley Magnuson faced 15 batters in the third inning.
Alissa Melberg led off the inning with a base hit. Heather Gagner was hit by a pitch. The Tigers then had back-to-back singles by Weatherly and Dani Schultz. Rentz had a sacrifice fly to left field.
With two runners on, Beyer hit a home run to left center. Then Courtney Vogel singled and scored on a triple by Greenwaldt. Haley Henrichs singled next and scored Greenwaldt.
Melberg hit her second single, Weatherly got on by an error, and Schultz hit and scored her second run of the inning.
"We hit the ball so well," said Holmberg. "Greenwaldt had a solid performance at the plate and Beyer broke the game open with her home run.
"Melberg and Schultz each had a hit in the same inning," added Holmberg. "We haven't done that for a while."
The Sting finally got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it was too late for them to stay alive.
Morris Area 2
The Tigers were defeated by the Brave-Owls 4-2 Tuesday night at home.
The Brave-Owls took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Morris Area threatened in the fourth, but only came away with one run. Schultz was on by an error and Rentz was hit by a pitch. Beyer singled in Schultz, but was stranded with Rentz after fielder's choices.
The Tiger tied the game in the sixth inning with another Beyer home run.
"Beyer crushed the ball to left center," said Holmberg. "She is a good hitter and we need runners on base when she gets up to the plate."
The Tigers gave up two runs in the seventh on a base hit and passed ball.
The Tigers had a chance when Courtney Vogel led off the bottom of the seventh being hit by a pitch. Then Melberg put down a bunt, but was called out on a close play.
"We had a chance with a runner on second," said Holmberg.
Semmler then struck out the next two batters to end the game.
Kelsey Amundson pitched through six innings, but gave up three singles in the seventh.
"In the last inning, they hit her a little harder," said Holmberg.
Weatherly came in to get the last hitter.
Defensively, Schultz, Rentz, and Melberg were busy on the left side of the infield.