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Sports from the week of April 10, 2002

Panthers win first two

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton baseball is off to a winning start.

Monday, the Panthers beat 212 Conference rival Yellow Medicine East 9-5. Friday, the squad won their season opener against Murray County Center 6-4. The win improved their season record to 2-0 and they are now 1-0 in the 212 Conference.

Thursday, the team travels to Bird Island to play BOLD, before hosting CMCS in a double-header Monday.

"We had the opportunity to play some other kids and to try to get a line on our pitching," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "We haven't registered a lot of hits so far but they have been timely."

The Panthers scored 15 runs in two games on 17 hits.

Panthers 6, Rebels 4

The opener featured 35 degree temperatures and snow banks surrounding the field, but the sun was out.

"It felt good to get the win and to get outside and play," said Tauer. The kids did all right for having been outside only once before this season."

Track girls win home opener

The Tracy/MIlroy/Balaton girls won the Panther Invitational track girls Tuesday, while the boys were fourth out of seven teams.

Girls' scores were: TMB 131; Cedar Mountain, 116; Pipestone/Jasper, 96; Wabasso, 66; Murray County Central, 38; Redwood Valley, 24; Lakeview, 8.

"We are extremely happy with our girls beating Cedar Mountain and finishing in first place," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. "It helped when we took second, third, fourth and fifth in the triple jump."

"Our boys did real well today by picking up 82 points," said Jones. "We only have 20 boys out and we have 45 girls on the team."

Boys scores were: Redwood Valley , 129; Cedar Mountain, 98; Pipestone/Jasper, 93; TMB, 82; Wabasso, 52; Murray County Central, 48; Lakeview, 7.

Softball team loses season opener

The Panther softball team lost its opening game of the season to Marshall Tuesday night at Tracy by a score of 11-1. Tracy/Milroy/Balaton gained a split decision when the B squad beat the Tigers 20-6 behind the pitching of Alyssa Kirk.

The Panthers gave up three runs in the first inning and one in the third, burt it was a big, seven-run-fourth inning that did them in this game. The Tigers managed to get eight hits off the pitching of Megan Anderson but it was errors that cost them the game in the fourth inning. The Panthers had the wheels come off in that inning when five errors contributed to the seven runs.

TMB came back with one run in the bottom of the fourth inning but it was too little, too late and the game was lost.

The Panthers travel to Slayton to take on Murray County Central Thursday and then to Minneota on Monday before coming back home to entertain YellowMedicine East in a conference double header on Thursday, April 18.