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Tigers get first softball win

The Morris Area softball team snapped a losing streak, winning its first game of the season over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Tuesday at Wells Park.

Adrienne Gahm turned a double play in the seventh inning to spoil a Falcon rally when Mary Rentz made a game-winning throw to Gahm on first.

The Tigers held a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. The lead-off batter for the Falcons walked and the second batter was hit by a pitch.

"Sara Beyer had pitched a great game," said coach Mary Holmberg. "When it appeared she was struggling with control, Kelsey Amundson came in, threw two pitches, and the game was over.

"What a great team effort," she said.

Morris Area took a one-run lead in the first inning when Katie VanKempen doubled and scored on a single by Rentz. Beyer singled after Rentz, but both were stranded on the bases.

The Falcons came back to take a 3-1 lead in the second inning on two Tiger errors.

Dani Schultz tied the game in the fourth inning. Jen Storck led off with a walk, Gahm singled and then Britney Greenwaldt laid down a bunt to load the bases.

"Britney put down a perfect bunt and beat out the throw," said Holmberg.

After two strike outs, Schultz hit a two RBI single to tie the game.

"Dani hit the ball hard in each of her four at bats. Her three hits were huge," said Holmberg. "She also played solid defense at third with four assists and two put outs. She played a solid all-around game."

The Tigers squelched a potential rally in the sixth inning. A lead-off single, hit batter, and sacrifice bunt resulted in a Falcon run. The Tiger defense kicked in when Schultz fielded two ground balls and Storck picked off the runner going to third.

"Jen made a great throw to Dani at third base."

Other defensive highlights included a catch by Brianna Neuman in left field, Rentz's four assists at short stop, and Gahm's 11 put outs and two assists at first.

The last two runs scored by the Tigers were unearned. Rentz was on by an error and stole second base. She scored on a misplayed bunt by the Falcon defense.

Beyer pitched six innings giving up eight hits and four runs, with only one earned run.

"Our offense and defense came through to help out Sara and Kelsey," said Holmberg. "Sara pitched herself out of a few innings, and mixed up her pitches."

The Tigers will play three games today. At 10 a.m. the Tigers play Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Then at noon Morris Area plays West Central Area. The Knights will take on Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at 2 p.m. and the Tigers wrap up the day with a 4 p.m. game against Hillcest.