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Sports from the week of May 8, 2002

Fifth inning sinks TMB softball

The Panther softball team lost a pair of games to the Central Minnesota Christian School at Prinsburg Monday. The scores were 5-4 and 9-2. The losses dropped the Tracy/Milroy/Balaton season record to 1-11 and they are now 1-9 in the 212 Conference.

Megan Anderson pitched both games for the Panthers and she held the Bluejays scoreless in the first game except for a 5 run outburst in the fifth inning. Four Panther errors contributed to the TMB defeat. The Panthers out-hit the Bluejays 8-4 in the first game. TMB's 8 hit attack was led by Kami Skoglund's double.

"Take out the fifth inning and we played the perfect game," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "We always seem to find a way to have a bad inning. We had 3 errors in the fifth inning. We gave them six outs. We just can't do that. We don't score enough runs."

In the nite-cap TMB was out-hit 8-6 and out-scored 9-2. Lindsay Erickson went 2 for 3 with a double for TMB.

"After losing game #1 we were down, but we came back and played better ball the last four innings," said Sogge. "Our inexperience sure becomes apparent at times."

Panther girls win frigid Trojan relays

The Panther track teams braved the cold weather Tuesday and traveled to Worthington to participate in the Trojan Relays. The teams were divided into two classes with Tracy/Milroy/Balaton placed in the group of larger schools.

The name of the meet was the Trojan Relays and the Panther girls placed first in four out of five relays to win the large school championship.

The boys finished in seventh ploace with Jason Morin, in the pole vault, with a vault of 12' 0" and Darin Wilking the only Panther to take first place in their event. Darin Wilking finished first, not in the shot as expected, but in the discus. He broke his own schol record in the shot with a heave of 48'10" but that was only good for a fifth place finish.

TMB nine splits 212 pair

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton baseball team split 212 Conference games on Monday and Thursday.

Monday, the Panthers lost 3-1 to BOLD at Bird Island. Thursday, TMB staged a come-from-behind win over Yellow Medicine East.

The team is now 7-7 for the season and 6-5 in the 212 Conference.

BOLD 3, Panthers 1

"We can't keep giving up easy runs," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "We wasted a very good effort by Erik (Kathman) on the mound."

Panthers 9, YME 7

"It was a big win for us," said Tauer. "We not only got over .500 for the season but we came from behind and won in the eighth inning. We have been in a losing streak where other teams have come from behind to beat us and I hope this win will help to restore our team's confidence."