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Baseball: Tigers fall to Dutchmen in season opener

Already up 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Melrose had five runs cross home plate, clearing the way for a 10-4 West Central Conference win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday, April 9, in Melrose.

The Tigers scored first with two runs in the top of the first. Jaret Johnson singled in Zach Bruns and Bo Massner scored on a passed ball to give MACA its only lead of the game.

Melrose went up 3-2 after the first and added two more in the second before the Tigers could score again in the fourth. Michael Halvorson scored on an error to trim the deficit to 5-3, but Melrose responded with five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 10-3 lead. Another error in the sixth inning allowed Colten Scheldorf to score MACA’s fourth and final run.

Halvorson went 2-for-3 for the Tigers while Bruns and Jaret Johnson both were 1-for-4 with a run scored. Johnson also had an RBI and Jack Riley hit a double.

The Tigers threw four pitchers with Johnson being tagged with the loss on the mound. He went three innings, gave up five runs (one earned) on three hits, walked two and struck out three. Jordan Leuthardt, Bruns and Eli Grove came in for relief during the game.

The Tigers are scheduled to travel to Redwood Valley Monday, April 15, in Redwood Falls before hosting BOLD for a doubleheader Tuesday, April 16, at Chizek Field in Morris.

Melrose 10, Morris/C-A 4

Morris/C-A (0-1) 200 101 0-4 6 3

Melrose (1-0) 320 500 x-10 7 2

Hitting - Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta: Jack Riley 1-3 2b, Zach Bruns 1-4 2b r, Jaret Johnson 1-4 r rbi, Michael Halvorson 2-3, Colten Scheldorf 1-2 r ... Melrose: Grant Moscho 1-3 r rbi, Drew Ostendorf 1-4 r rbi, Carter Tschida 2-4 r rbi, Luke Dehmer 1-3 r-2 rbi, Bradley Hellermann 2-3 2b r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta: Johnson (L) 3-3-5-1-2-3, Jordan Leuthardt 0.1-3-5-5-5-0, Bruns 1.2-1-0-0-0-1, Eli Grove 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Melrose: Tschida (W) 4-5-3-2-3-4, Reegan Nelson (S) 3-1-1-0-1-4

Brooke Kern

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