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Morris Area wins double header with Eagles

After falling to BOLD Friday, May 8, the Morris Area softball team won two West Central Conference South games in a double header with Lac qui Parle Valley.


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The Tigers travelled to Olivia for a double header against the Warriors, but after losing 6-3 in the rain, Game 2 was postponed to Thursday in Montevideo.

"The weather was not good and Kelsey Amundson had difficulty with her footing on the mound," explained coach Mary Holmberg. "The coaches decided that we could make Thursday work in Montevideo."

Morris Area out hit the Warriors 9-5, but the Tiger pitchers walked six batters. The hit batters and walks were crucial as BOLD scored the first three runs in the bottom of the second inning.

"The rain played a role in the first three runs we gave up," said Holmberg.

The Tigers came back in the top of the third inning on a two-RBI double by Dani Schultz. Shadow Olson had led off the inning with a base hit, followed by a single by Heather Gagner, and then the double by Schultz.

Four Tiger hitters had two hits in the game: Sara Beyer, Schultz, Olson, and Gagner. Amundson had the other hit for Morris Area.

BOLD pitching kept the Tigers off the bases with seven strikeouts and only three walks.

Defensively, Beyer threw one runner out on the bases. Mary Rentz had a relay to Schultz in the second inning for the second out on a base hit to squelch a Warrior rally.

"Besides the walks and wild pitches, we did not play that badly," said Holmberg. "It would have been nice to capitalize on Beyer's and Schultz's hits."

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The Tigers had 17 hits and scored 20 runs in the first game of a double header with Lac qui Parle Valley Monday night at Eagles Field in Morris.

Dani Schultz kept her bat hot as she went a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

"Dani has the hot bat for us right now," said Holmberg. "She is 6-for-8 in her last at bats and has contributed with six RBIs."

Eleven of 12 Tigers had hits in the game. Alissa Melberg didn't get a hit, but she laid down a sacrifice bunt and drew a walk.

Hitting well for the Tigers were Sara Beyer, Heather Gagner, Kelsey Amundson, and Shadow Olson with two hits apiece.

Others with one hit were Mary Rentz, Courtney Vogel, Haley Henrichs, Bri Neuman, and Kelsey Greenwaldt.

"Heather and Shadow have been hitting well in the number eight and nine spots."

Amundson was the winning pitcher striking out seven, giving up six hits, and walking six.

"Kelsey scattered her hits and kept the ball out of the strike zone," said Holmberg.

The Tiger defense played solid ball committing only one error.

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The Tigers swept the double header with an 8-3 victory in the second game.

Henrichs led the Tigers scoring two runs and getting two hits.

Morris Area capitalized on six Eagle walks and recorded six base hits.

"We stayed focused during the second game," said Holmberg.

MacKenzie Weatherly went the distance, giving up nine hits, and striking out four.

"Mac had good control, scattering the LQPV hits," said Holmberg.

Weatherly ended the game tagging out a runner at home on a passed ball.

"Sara (Beyer) and Mac made a nice play to end the game," said Holmberg. "Sara made a good toss and Mac had a nice tag."

Vogel put the Tigers ahead in the third inning with a two-RBI base hit.

Henrichs led off the fourth with a base hit and later scored on a passed ball.

Two more insurance runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Olson reached on a walk, Schultz singled, followed by a fly ball by Rentz scoring Olson, and then a single by Beyer.

"We had lost a couple of close ball games, so it was fun to see the girls play a little more relaxed," said Holmberg.

Defensively, Olson made a play hitting her cut to Rentz to get a runner thrown out by Schultz in the first inning. Rentz and Henrichs fielded cleanly on the left side, along with Gagner and Beyer on the right.