Softball: Morris/C-A completes perfect 14-0 WCC season
It has been done before but not for a few years.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta softball team completed the West Central Conference season with a perfect 14-0 record after a 15-1 victory over Montevideo Friday, May 17, in Montevideo.
The Tigers last had an unblemished conference record back in 2015 and have now won six-straight conference titles.
On Friday, Morris/C-A jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning. After a single by Katelyn Wehking scored Jen Solvie, LaRae Kram and Wehking both scored on a single error by Montevideo to give MACA a 3-0 lead. Carissa Oberg scored after tagging up on a Riley Decker sacrifice fly. A two-RBI double by Liz Dietz scored Bailey Marty and Emma Bowman to give MACA its 6-0 lead.
That lead was more than enough for pitcher Dietz. The senior hurler allowed just one hit in the six-inning win. She finished with six strikeouts.
MACA added a run in the fourth on another sacrifice fly by Bowman before Montevideo got on the board with an RBI single by Alissa Eickhoff in the bottom of the fifth.
The Tigers responded with eight runs in the top of the sixth then held Montevideo off the board to enforce the 10-run rule. Four straight walks or hit-by-pitch calls gave MACA an 11-1 lead to begin the eight-run inning. A line out by Wehking scored Jaden Ross then Solvie scored on a single by Macee Libbesmeier. Libbesmeier came around to score on a Kenna Kehoe RBI line drive to left field.
Marty, Bowman and Decker all had two hits each. Dietz had three RBIs.
The Tigers closed out the regular season 18-1 and open Section 3AA playoffs Tuesday, May 21. They play the winner of No. 4 ACGC and No. 5 Minnewaska at 4:30 p.m., in Morris.
Morris/C-A 15, Montevideo 1
Morris/C-A (18-1, 14-0 WCC) 060 108-15 8 1
Montevideo (4-12, 4-10 WCC) 000 010-1 1 5
HITTING - Morris/C-A: Bailey Marty 2-4 r-2, Emma Bowman 2-3 rbi r, Kenna Kehoe 1-1 rbi, Liz Dietz 1-4 rbi-3, Jen Solvie 1-2 r-2, LaRae Kram 1-3 r, Katelyn Wehking 1-3 rbi-2 r, Macee Libbesmeier 1-1 rbi-2 r-2, Riley Decker 2-2 rbi r-2... Montevideo: Alissa Eickhoff 1-2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/C-A: Dietz (W) 6-1-1-0-1-6 ... Montevideo: Maddie Kilibarda (L) 2-5-7-6-2-0, Megan Anderson 2.2-5-8-7-5-1, Kassey Pauling 0.1-1-0-0-0-1