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Tigers suffer no hitter at home

The Morris Area softball team was the victim of a no hitter Thursday when hosting Benson/Hancock on the University of Minnesota, Morris field.

The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 in the West Central Conference South.

The Brave Owls' Taylor Semmler pitched a perfect game striking out three batters, giving up no walks or hits, and not allowing a runner to reach base.

"We hit the ball hard at times but directly at the defense," said coach Mary Holmberg.

Both Benson-Hancock and the Tigers played well defensively.

"Our only error came in the first inning," said Holmberg.

Courtney Frank reached on an error and scored on a triple into right center by Jenny Noordmans to put the Brave-Owls on the board.

The Brave-Owls scored again in the fifth inning. A lead-off walk, passed ball, and a bunt got the runner to to third. She then scored on a fielder's choice to second base.

Kelsey Amundson pitched the entire game for the Tigers. She allowed only four hits and struck out seven.

"Kelsey had great control and consistency," said Holmberg. "She used her change up effectively and had good snap on the ball."

Defensive highlights mentioned by Holmberg included a great throw by Jen Storck in the third inning. Amundson struck out Bree Holleman and Storck threw out Dee Reardon stealing second for the double play.

"Britney Greenwaldt made a couple nice catches by the fence in the fourth and sixth innings," added Holmberg. "Dani Schultz handled the bunts well at third base along with steady play from Adrienne Gahm and Sara Beyer."