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Tigers move on in Section 3AA playoffs

Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta senior Chelsey Ehleringer rolls the ball to Lauren Reimers for a force out at second against G-F-W in game three action on Tuesday evening in Morris.1 / 3
Carlie Zimmel makes contact for a hit against Minneota / Canby / Lincoln HI in game one of Section 3AA playoffs.2 / 3
Lauren Reimers knocked in three runs and went 3-for-3 at the plate in the 15-6 win over Minneota / Canby / Lincoln HI.3 / 3

The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tigers got past the first round of the Section 3AA playoffs with a win over No. 7-seeded Minneota / Canby / Lincoln HI on Tuesday, May 20 in Morris. In game two action at Eagle Park, No. 3-seeded Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 10-runned No. 6-seeded Benson / Hancock in five innings to take on MA/C-A in game three.

The Tigers fell to G-F-W in the final game of the evening and will play an elimination game against Fairmont on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. in Marshall. The winner will then play the loser of New Ulm and Marshall who play at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Morris/C-A 15, Minneota/C 6

Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI hit two home runs, but it wasn’t nearly enough as No. 2-seeded Morris/Chokio-Alberta put up a pair of five-run frames to win its postseason opener.

Lauren Reimers ignited the Tigers’ offense with three hits, including a three-run double in the sixth that capped the scoring.

Brooke Gillespie scattered six hits, five earned runs and two strikeouts in five-plus innings of work to earn the win. Kayla Pring got the last four outs, three on strikeouts.

G-F-W 3, Morris/C-A 0

The No. 3-seeded Thunderbirds knocked the Tigers into the loser’s bracket after Erin McDurmont spun a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and slugged a three-run homer.

Singles from Reimers in the first and Abby Daly in the fifth was the only offense MCA could muster against McDurmont, who struck out 11 in Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s 10-0, five-inning win over Benson/Hancock in its opener.

Pring was the hard-luck loser after striking out six and allowing five hits and just one walk in a complete-game performance.

The Tigers will play an elimination game on Saturday against Fairmont at 11 a.m. in Marshall. The winner will then play at 2 p.m.

Morris/C-A 15, Minneota/C 6

Minneota/C 020 112 0 — 6 6 2

Morris/C-A 250 053 x — 15 8 1

HITTING – Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI: Brandi Merritt 1-3, Brook Bauman 1-3 2-run hr rbi-2, Emily Stienessen 1-3, Payton Boerboom 1-3, Jenna Kockelman 1-3 2-run hr, rbi-2, Becca Kallhoff 1-3; Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Lauren Reimers 3-3 rbi-3, Chelsey Ehleringer 1-5, Kayla Pring 1-2, Carlie Zimmel 1-3, Lacee Maanum 1-1, Nicole Strobel 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI: Kallhoff (L) 5-6-12-6-2-2, Bauman 1-2-3-3-1-1; Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Brooke Gillespie (W) 5.2-6-6-5-0-2, Pring 1.1-0-0-0-0-3

G-F-W 3, Morris/C-A 0

G-F-W 300 000 0 — 3 5 1

Morris/C-A 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

HITTING – Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop: Erin McDurmont 3-3 3-run hr rbi-3, Carolin Goebel 2-3; Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Lauren Reimers 1-3, Abby Daly 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop: McDurmont (W) 7-2-0-0-0-15; Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Kayla Pring (L) 7-5-3-2-1-6

Brooke Kern

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