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Sports from the week of May 7, 2003

Girls split double-header with BOLD

The Panther girls' softball team split a double-header with BOLD at Tracy Tuesday. The Panthers won the first game 5-4 and BOLD took the second 9-6.

"We showed a lot of guts today after spotting them a three run lead with some sloppy plays in the first inning and coming back to pull out the win. Karen Grasman is one of the best in the conference, and we roughed her up pretty well. That was a big win," said Panther coach Dave Sogge.

In the second game BOLD and TMB went about things in opposite fashion. BOLD chipped away, scoring a run here and there through the first four innings to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

"I am really proud of the girls offensively," said Sogge. "Their thrower (Grasman) is really tough, and we hit the ball well. We had a lot of base hits, and we hit some shots right at people. We made progress at the plate today."

"We're still having some problems now and then in the field, mostly throwing the ball. We make some bad throws, some ill-advised throws, and some throws when we don't have the opportunity for an out. Mostly, these are the result of inexperience. That will get better. I think we will be a formidable opponent come tourney time."

Girls are second, boys third

The Panther boys and girls track teams participated in the Southwest United (formerly South West Star Concept) Wildcat Invitational held in Worthington last Thursday.

The girls finished second and the boys were third. The girls team scores were: 1) Cedar Mountain, 137; 2) TMB, 117; 3) Worthington, 88; 4) Windom, 73; 5) W-WG/RRC, 51; 6) Wabasso, 39; 7) SWU, 33; Sleepy
Eye, 20.

Errors, stranded baserunners plague TMB baseball team

Renville County West pounded the Panther baseball team, 12-1 Thursday on the Tracy diamond. The loss dropped T-M-B's season record to 2-8 and they are now 2-4 in the 212 Conference.

"We left eight runners stranded and had five errors on defense," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "You can't win many games with that kind of performance. We desperately need to start getting the clutch hits and the third outs."

Second baseman Donald Strand went 1 for 3 at the plate and had three stolen bases for the Panthers.

Senior Greg Carlson started on the mound for the Panthers. He pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs (none earned) on no hits while striking out 4 and walking 5. Austin Skoblik then pitched 1 inning giving up 1 run (earned) on 4 hits while striking out 1 and walking 1. Derek Radke finished the game by pitching the last 3 innings and gave up 7 runs (five earned) on 5 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2.