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Sports from the week of April 18, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

TMB baseball keeps winning

The Panther baseball team swept a double header from Central Minnesota Christian Tuesday at Tracy. The games were shortened to 4 innings each due to impending darkness by the coach's mutual consent. The scores were: 17-0 and 8-5. The games were moved from Prinsburg to Tracy when it was decided that the Prinsburg field was too wet to play on. The wins improved the Panther's season record to 4-0 and they are now 4-0 in the 212 Conference.

Derek Rignell pitched the first three innings of the first game and got the win. He faced 12 hitters giving up no runs on no hits while striking out 5 and walking 3. Scott LaVoy pitched the final inning and gave up no runs and only one hit.

Scott LaVoy started the second game on the mound for T/M/B and faced 9 hitters giving up 5 runs (all earned) on 5 hits while striking out none and walking 2. Adam Schmidt came on and finished the game while shutting out the Blue Jays and giving up only 2 hits while facing 12 hitters. He garnered 6 strikeouts and walked 1 hitter.

The Panthers got 5 hits in the second game to account for their 8 runs. Hits were recorded by Skoblik, Brady Schmidt, LaVoy, Kathman and John Hay. Kathman had 2 RBI's.

Tracksters show more improvement, home meet Tuesday

The Panther boys were sixth and the girls were third in the Fulda Invitational Track Meet held in Slayton Tuesday.

"I thought we put together our best effort thus far this season," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. "The girls relay teams ran exceptionally well as did the distance runners. Our boys team continues to do well despite the numbers problem we suffer from."

The boys team scores were: 1) Murray County Central, 116; 2) Martin County West, 94; 3) Fulda, 77.5; 4) Southwest Christian, 63.5; 5) Southwest Star Concept/Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster, 52; 6) Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 43; 7) Edgerton, 37; 8) Adrian, 28; 9) Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central, 28.

The girls team scores were: 1) Southwest Star Concept/Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster, 178; 2)Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central, 109; 3) Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 69; 4) Martin County West, 59; 5) Adrian, 36.5; 6) Murray County Central, 34.5; 7) Fulda, 33; 8) Edgerton, 22; 9) Southwest Christian, 17.

"I feel very optimistic after watching the kids really get after it today," commented Jones. "I am anticipating this kind of team effort next Tuesday at the Panther II Invitational."

SSU hits 21 home runs in 4 games on Tracy field

The Southwest State University baseball team used the Tracy high School field to play four games on Friday and Saturday of last week, winning doubleheaders against Northern State University of Aberdeen, South Dakota 5-2 and 22-5 Friday and the University of Minnesota Morris 24-3 and 19-1 Saturday.

The Mustangs won all four games, with freshman Mike Negen, Blomkest, throwing a no-hitter in the second game on Saturday. SSU won the first game Saturday 24-3 and the second 19-1 with the lone Morris run scoring on a walk, error, ground out and a wild pitch. Matt Tiggas went 7 for 9 at the plate in the double header with 4 home runs and 12 RBI's.

Windy conditions and the shorter high school field fences contributed to 21 Mustang homeruns in two days. SSU is now 13-7 for the season and 6-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.