Tigers start playoffs 1-1, play Saturday
The Morris Area softball team started Sub-Section 3A play with a 3-1 win over Dawson-Boyd Tuesday, but was shut out by Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in game two. The Tigers continue play in the double elimination tournament Saturday in Montevideo facing Edgerton at 12:30 p.m.
Last week the Tigers split a double header with BOLD in the final conference games of the schedule, before ending the regular season with a loss at Brandon-Evansville.
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Morris Are got out-hit 10-4, but took advantage of nine walks to win the opener May 13.
The Tigers scored single runs in the first and second innings, before increasing their lead to 6-1 in the third.
The Tigers added three more runs in the sixth and shut down a Warrior rally in the seventh.
Kelsey Amundson pitched seven innings allowing 10 hits and four earned runs on one walk and four strike outs.
Mary Rentz and Sara Beyer both drove in two runs for the Tigers. The Tigers' hits came from Beyer, Dani Schultz, and Rentz with two.
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The second game went into extra innings and the Warriors broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the eighth.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, a single and a double led to the Warriors' winning run.
"It was such a close play at home," said coach Mary Holmberg. "Alissa Melberg got the ball to Rentz who threw a strike to Jen Storck, but the girl was under the tag.
"It was disappointing for us. Only two of their runs were earned."
Beyer started on the mound. Amundson came in to pitch the final one and two thirds innings.
Schultz collected three hits and drove in a run. Beyer also had an RBI.
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The Chargers defeated Morris Area 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh on May 16.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Schultz led off with a walk, advanced on a bunt by Heather Gagner, then scored on a base hit by Beyer. Gagner scored on a ground ball by Adrienne Gahm.
The Chargers scored one run in the bottom of the second on two Tiger errors.
The Chargers took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a walk, back-to-back doubles, and a single.
"Amundson had two strike outs to start the inning, but gave up a full count walk and then back-to-back base hits," said Holmberg.
Morris Area responded to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Rentz led off with a base hit and stole second base. Gahm single in Rentz. With bases loaded and only one out, the Tigers failed to score the go-ahead run.
"We missed an opportunity to take the lead and break the game open," Holmberg said.
The Tigers had another chance in the seventh when Gagner singled with one out and reached third on Beyer's Texas League double. Then Gahm hit the ball hard but was called out on a close play at first.
"Gahm put the ball in play and it was only a matter of a half of a second," said Holmberg. "We had our chances, but our offense did not come through in a timely manner."
Defensivley, Katie VanKempen made a relay throw home and Storck threw out a base runner at third where Schultz applied the tag.
"That was a huge first out for us. We were in trouble and our defense stopped them."
Amundson went the distance for the Tigers. She gave up seven hits, three earned runs, walked five, and struck out four hitters.
"It was a good game. We out hit them, but we missed too many chances to score," said Holmberg.
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Morris Area was held to one hit by Rentz in a 3-1 decision over Dawson-Boyd Tuesday at Montevideo.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Britney Greenwaldt led off with a walk, advanced to third on Brianna Neuman's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Storck's safety squeeze.
Schultz walked and reached third on two passed balls. She then scored on a ground ball by Gagner.
"We had to manufacture runs in this game," said Holmberg. "Our bunts made a huge difference."
Rentz led off the fourth inning with the only base hit of the day. She stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Gahm then walked and got in a hot box to score Rentz.
"That was a big insurance run for us," Holmberg said.
Dawson-Boyd threatened in the fourth when a one-out single started the inning, followed by three straight walks.
"Sara Beyer had pitched well up until the fourth inning," Holmberg said. "Kelsey Amundson came in and struck out the number nine and one batters to end the threat.
"She came in and had good control."
Defensively the Tigers had no errors and Rentz was solid at short turning a double play in the sixth inning.
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The second seed Fighting Saints shut out the No. 3 Tigers in the second game Tuesday.
"It was a great defensive game until the bottom of the fifth inning," said Holmberg.
In the fifth the Saints scored two unearned runs on two Tiger errors. They added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a double, triple, single, and solo home run.
Defensively, the Tigers made some nice plays. Storck threw out a base runner in the sixth. Neuman, VanKempen, and Greenwaldt all had catches in the outfield.
The Tigers threatened in the first, stranding runners at second and third.
"We had a great chance to score in the fifth."
Storck singled, Neuman had a base hit bunt with no outs, but the Tigers struggled to advance the runners.
"The Saints hit the ball with authority," said Holmberg. "If we had picked up a couple of runs to get a rally going, it could have changed the outcome of the game."
Amundson gave up six runs on seven hits. Three of the runs were earned.
Beyer came in relief giving up one hit, one run, one walk, and one strike out.