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Sports for the week of May 12, 2004

TMB softball pulls into tie for 212 lead

Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunburg brought a gaudy 13-0 record and a two-game conference lead to Tracy Monday and left 13-2 and tied with the Panthers for the 212 Conference lead as Tracy/Milroy/Balaton swept a double-header from the Fighting Saints, 7-4 and 6-1.

KMS jumped off to 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Panthers picked away with a run in the second inning. In the fourth-inning the Panthers exploded for four runs. Key hits included an RBI single by Alissa Lightfoot and a triple by Lynn Brockway which plated 2 runs to stake T/M/B to a 5-4 lead. Insurance runs in the sixth and seventh closed the door on the Fighting Saints.

Megan Anderson allowed only 4 hits after the wild first inning and picked up the win.

"Megan had exceptionally good stuff today, said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "She was able to keep the ball down and she had good velocity. She was definitely the better pitcher in this game, and that's saying a lot when her counterpart was Laura Suter."

KMS scored first again the second game, but TMB rallied for five runs in the last of the first inning to go up 5-1.

Stacy LaVoy was 3 for 4 while Kasey Loeslie, Alissa Lightfoot and Emily Miller all had 2 hits each.

"We really hit the ball well today against a very good thrower," said Sogge. "And as good as Megan (Anderson) was in game No. 1, she was better in game No. 2. She allowed just 3 hits and was never in any trouble."

Anderson is now 15-1 for the season.

Boys, girls show track strength

The Panther track teams both finished first at the Wildcat Invitational held in Worthington last Thursday.

The boys' team scores were: 1) Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 159; 2) Worthington, 153; 3) Windom, 128; 4) W-WG/RRC, 55; 5) Southwest United, 41; 6) Worthington B, 17.

The girls' scores were: 1) T/M/B, 155; 2) Windom, 113; 3) Worthington, 110.5; 4) W-WG/RRC, 93.5; 5) Southwest United, 76; 6) Worthington B, 7.

"Both teams did very well against some tough teams," said Assistant Coach Jenny Kirk. "Depth was a big factor for the boys team. After finishing last against many of the same teams at the Arrow Relays last week they really improved their performances."

The boys got first place finishes from Trever Morin in the 100M dash, Brad Lanoue in the 1600M run, Gary Knott in the high jump, Dan Tutt in the pole vault and from the 4X100M relay team.

First-place female athletes were Bobbi Jo Buyck in the 100M hurdles, the 100M dash and the pole vault. The 4X100M relay team also finished first as did Jillian Tholen in the 400M dash, Melissa Luckhardt in the 200M dash, Cassie Willard in the shot putt, the 4X400M relay team and Tessa Nelson in the high jump. Buyck's 11-0 in the pole vault would have also won first place in the boys' competition.

Panther baseball wins three straight

Winning was contagious for the Panther baseball team this week. The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton nine beat Minneota Tuesday, Central Minnesota Christian Monday, and RedRock Central/estbrook-Walnut Grove at Lamberton Friday, after losing to ACGC Thursday. The Panthers are now 5-10 on the season.

TMB 16, Central 5

Derek Daniels relieved starter Pat Speilmann in the second inning and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. The Panther defense played errorless ball.


The Panthers scored four runs in the first inning to go up by a score of 4-0. "Once we got the lead everybody relaxed and played pretty good baseball," said Panther coach Bill Tauer. "Radke was getting a little tired," said Tauer. "Matt (Bauer) came on in relief and made it interesting but got us out of a jam."

TMB 17, Minneota 4

"We started the game a bit flat but rebounded well, scoring 11 runs in the fourth inning," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "The guys really hit the ball well today. Derek Radke earned the win in relief of Brett Jackson. Radke now has won his last 3 games improving his record to 3-1 on the year."