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Sports for the week of July 28, 2004

Football camp builds interest for Panthers

Dozens of boys turned out for football team camp Monday through Wednesday on the Tracy Area High School athletic field. The camp was under the guidance of Panther defensive co-ordinator Jason Kainz.

“Some of the kids are on vacation or busy with one thing or another but altogether, it has been a good turnout,” said Kainz.

One of the objectives of the camp is to put in a new defense for the upcoming season. The new defense will have some similarities to the one used by former Tracy High School Coach Dick Fortier back in the early 1970s. The camp has been split between work on the field and the philosophy of the defense presented in the class room.

Weekend losses end Legion baseball year

Back-to-back losses sent the Milroy Legion baseball team packing Saturday.
The losses eliminated Milroy from the district tournament at Mankato. Milroy finished with a 12-10 record.

Mt. Lake 9, Milroy 2
Milroy and Mt. Lake each had eight runs, but Milroy could only mount two runs against the pitching of Mitch Schroeder.

Matt Bauer led the hitting with a three for four night at the plate while Donald Strand was two for four with an RBI. Bauer took the loss on the mound for Milroy.

Pipestone 6, Milroy 5
Pipestone took a 6-3 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. A two-run Milroy rally in the bottom of the seventh fell short. Anthony Rohlik started on the mound for Milroy and pitched six innings taking the loss. For the third straight game the fifth inning did Milroy in. Pipestone came up with three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead and never relinquished it.

Milroy out-hit Pipestone 13-9 with Eric Fraser and Rohlik going three for four and Donald Strand was two for four.


Walks are costly as VFW bows out

The Tracy VFW lost two of three games en route to elimination in the Third District North baseball playoffs.
Westbrook ended Tracy’s season with a 12-5 win at Sacred Heart Sunday. Tracy beat Redwood Falls 7-4 Saturday, after losing to Olivia 6-4 Thursday.

Westbrook 12- Tracy 5
“We just couldn’t throw a strike for anything and you will not win many games walking 11 batters and hitting three others,” said Tracy Coach Bill Tauer. “When we did throw a strike we couldn’t make the play defensively to get us out of the jam. Offensively we out-hit Westbrook but everyone knows that defense wins championships.”

Derek Daniels started on the mound for Tracy and pitched two innings, giving up five runs on one hit while walking five and registering two strikeouts. Luke Walling pitched the next 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on two hits while waling two and striking out two. Taylor Rignell pitched the next two innings and gave up one run on one hit while walking four and striking out one. Chris Swenson finished the game by pitching the last 1-1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits while walking none and striking out two.

Tracy registered 10 hits with Matt Bauer getting three and Sean Castle and Derek Daniels two each.

Westbrook 046 001 1 12 7 3
Tracy 001 211 0 5 10 6
Tracy-Castle, cf, 4-1-2; Walling, 3b, 3-0-1; Daniels, p, 4-1-2; Bauer, ss, 3-1-3; Carlson, rf, 2-0-0; Fox, DH, 4-0-0; Rignell, 2b; Swenson, p; Nelson, c, 2-1-1; Frisvold, 1b, 4-0-0; Arens, lf, 3-1-1. Totals-29-5-7.

For more on this story, see this week's paper.