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Sports from the week of May 2, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Pitching, clutch hits extend streak

The Panther baseball team takes a 10-0 record to Grove City Thursday for a key 212 Conference match up.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton reeled off five straight victories this week, including a sweep of Renville County West Monday afternoon. Four of the five wins were by one run.

Coach Bill Tauer feels the team can and must play better.

"We have been fortunate to win as many games as we have. Our pitching has been great but we have yet to play an errorless game and we haven't hit as well as I know we are capable of."

Panthers 2, RCW 1
Panthers 1, RCW 0

Good pitching and added up to a pair of wins from the only other unbeaten 212 Conference team Renville County West Monday night at Milroy. The game scores were 2-1 and 1-0.

"The pitching for both teams was outstanding tonight," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "The pitchers threw strikes and both teams played good defense."

Softball team rises & falls on pitching and defense

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton girls' softball team split doubleheaders with BOLD and Central Minnesota Christian and then dropped two games to Renville County West in softball action this week. The action gave the Panthers a 3-6 season mark, 2-6 in 212 Conference play.

Swept at Danube

Monday the Panthers lost both ends of a doubleheader to Renville County West at Danube. The scores were 10-3 and 11-5.

"We can take some positives from this," said Sogge. "We hit the ball well. We put the ball in play with authority. Unfortunately we hit most of them at someone, and they caught the ball. We struck out only a total of five times for the day. We had trouble, however, getting the big hits to fall at the right times. We left a lot of runners in scoring position."

"In eleven total innings for the doubleheader we gave up 25 walks," observed Sogge. "RCW didn't earn many of their runs. We gift-wrapped them. Add the fact that we threw the ball around some, and we had the recipe for disaster. Give RCW hitters credit. They were patient. They made our pitchers work hard, and when they saw a pitch to their liking, they put the ball in play."

Golfers keep busy with 212 conference rivals

Panther golfers kept busy with three meets in the past eight days.

Girls at Atwater

Monday, the Panther girls golf team was at Atwater and the boys were at Renville. The girls finished second and the boys finished fourth.

The girls team scores were: BOLD, 191; TMB, 203; RCW, 212; YME, 235; ACGC, 244; MACCRAY, 254.

"We are improving but we are not catching anyone," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "However no one is catching us either."

Boys at Tracy

“Friday, the Panther boys hosted 212 Conference teams at Tracy and the girls team was at Granite Falls. The girls finished second of the six teams and the boys were fourth.

Golf leaders emerge

There have been four 212 Conference golf meets so far this season. BOLD and ACGC appear to be the class of the boys' teams and BOLD and Tracy/Milroy/Balaton of the girls teams according to conference stats released Monday. Monday's results are not included.

The best team scores to date for the boys have been: ACGC, 157; BOLD,166; TMB, 169; YME 171; MACCRAY, 177;

The best girls' team scores to date have been: BOLD, 200; T/M/B, 208; RCW, 222; YME, 227; MACCRAY, 259; ACGC, 278.

This year, the 212 Conference schedule has boys and girls playing a separate schedule. The girls play at one location with the boys playing at another site.

"I am not sure that I like this format," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "There is a great deal of traveling and not much playing experience for the B-squads."