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Tigers' win streak ends at Benson

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Morris Area's winning streak came to an end with a 6-3 loss to Benson/ Hancock in a West Central Conference South softball game Thursday.

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Kelsey Amundson took the loss for the Tigers giving up five hits, six runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.

The Brave Owls were helped with two home runs off the bat of Jenny Noordmans.

"Amundson pitched well," said coach Mary Holmberg. "The two back-to-back home runs hurt us, but Kelsey kept her cool and came back to pitch three scoreless innings."

Morris Area jumped out to a lead with a run in the top of the first. Dani Schultz led with a walk, stole second, advanced on a ground ball by Mary Rentz, and scored on a single by Sarah Beyer.

The Tigers left runners in scoring position in the second inning. Britney Greenwaldt had singled, Amundson hit into a fieldeMorris Area's winning streak came to an end with a 6-3 loss to Benson/ Hancock in a West Central Conference South softball game Thursday.

Kelsey Amundson took the loss for the Tigers giving up five hits, six runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.

The Brave Owls were helped with two home runs off the bat of Jenny Noordmans.

"Amundson pitched well," said coach Mary Holmberg. "The two back-to-back home runs hurt us, but Kelsey kept her cool and came back to pitch three scoreless innings."

Morris Area jumped out to a lead with a run in the top of the first. Dani Schultz led with a walk, stole second, advanced on a ground ball by Mary Rentz, and scored on a single by Sarah Beyer.

The Tigers left runners in scoring position in the second inning. Britney Greenwaldt had singled, Amundson hit into a fielder's choice, and Heather Gagner singled.

The Brave Owls took the lead with three runs in the third. They added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

The Tigers had another opportunity to score in the fourth. Adrienne Gahm singled, advanced on a passed ball, and reached third on a single by Greenwaldt. Greenwaldt was thrown out at second trying to steal and Gahm was doubled up off third base on a line drive by Amundson.

"A ball a few inches higher would have been a single up the middle and scored a run," said Holmberg.

Rentz started a rally in the sixth with a base hit, stole second, and reached third on a single by Beyer. Beyer then stole second and both scored on a ground ball by Adrienne Gahm.

"We scattered seven hits, but never got the big hit to break the game open in our favor," said Holmberg.

"Rentz played solid defense at short stop, as well as Schultz in the catching position," she said. "Katie VanKempen was busy in center field. She attempted a nice catch in center where she literally fell over the fence trying to take away a home run."

Heather Gagner had two put outs and three assists at second base.

r's choice, and Heather Gagner singled.

The Brave Owls took the lead with three runs in the third. They added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

The Tigers had another opportunity to score in the fourth. Adrienne Gahm singled, advanced on a passed ball, and reached third on a single by Greenwaldt. Greenwaldt was thrown out at second trying to steal and Gahm was doubled up off third base on a line drive by Amundson.

"A ball a few inches higher would have been a single up the middle and scored a run," said Holmberg.

Rentz started a rally in the sixth with a base hit, stole second, and reached third on a single by Beyer. Beyer then stole second and both scored on a ground ball by Adrienne Gahm.

"We scattered seven hits, but never got the big hit to break the game open in our favor," said Holmberg.

"Rentz played solid defense at short stop, as well as Schultz in the catching position," she said. "Katie VanKempen was busy in center field. She attempted a nice catch in center where she literally fell over the fence trying to take away a home run."

Heather Gagner had two put outs and three assists at second base.

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