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Sports from the week of April 21, 2004

Softball team shows strength

The T/M/B girls' softball team swept both ends of a double header from ACGC at Grove City last Friday 7-1 and 7-1.

Megan Anderson gave up three hits, while striking out 5 and walking 5 to pick up the win in the first game. Megan also got the win in the second game, scattering 4 hits walking 4 and striking out 3. She is now 4-0 for the season with a 0.75 ERA.

"I was very pleased with our pitching and our defense in game one," said Coach Dave Sogge. "We pitched and caught the ball well. However we left 12 runners on base. We just couldn't seem to come up with the big hit at the right time."

Stacy LaVoy and Alissa Lightfoot each had two hits and two RBI to lead the Panther offense, the big blow being a home run by LaVoy in the sixth inning.

In the second game both pitchers were very effective until the Panthers erupted for 5 runs in the seventh inning. Steph Kaup hit the big blow for the Panthers with a home run with 2 runners on base. Alissa Kirk and Lynn Brockway each had two hits for T/M/B.

"We pitched it well, caught it well, and we hit it well," said Sogge. "We can't ask for more. Their pitcher Jamie Tanner threw a no-hitter at YME last week, so we have to be pleased with eight hits off her. We are also pleased that we hit some shots, not bleeders, shots. Some of the bats we've expected to be big for us are starting to come around. I think it is going to be a real fun spring."

The Panther's record is now 4-0 and 2-0 in the 212 Conference. Their next action is Tuesday, April 19 in Tracy against MACCRAY.

Four are double winners at Pipestone Invitational

The Panther boys and girls track teams participated in the Pipestone Invitational Track Meet Saturday. No team scores were kept.

"Both the boys and girls teams did very well," said Panther Coach Al Landa. "We showed good depth."

Trevor Morin, Bobbi Jo Buyck, Jillian Tholen and Cassie Willard were double winners.

First baseball win is a 14-6 rout

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton baseball team won its first game of the season Monday, 14-6 over Central Minnesota Christian Prinsburg.

Thursday, MACCRAY swept the Panthers in a double-header.

The action left TMB with a 1-4 season record, 1-3 in the 212 Conference.

Panthers 14, Central 6

"Our bats came alive today," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "The boys have been working hard and deserved to have a game like this one."

Pat Spielmann and Derek Radke combined to pitch for T/M/B giving up 6 runs on 9 hits while striking out 10. Matt Bauer and Matt Persons led the 12 hit Panther attack with 3 hits each while Ross Ladehoff had 2.

Wolves 7, Panthers 3

"We had a good chance to win in the first game," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "However we just couldn't come up with the big hit when we needed it."

Brett Jackson started on the mound for TMB and pitched until the fifth inning when he was replaced by Pat Spielmann. The combination of pitchers gave up 7 runs on 10 hits while striking out 4.

Strand, Ladehoff, Bauer, Radke and Davidson, collected the five Panther hits.

Wolves 11, Panthers 6

Derek Radke and Matt Bauer combined to pitch the second game and gave up 11 runs on 10 hits while striking out 7.

Bauer and Spielmann led the Panther attack with 2 hits each.

"MACCRAY really hit the ball very well," said Tauer. "They will be a team to reckon with in the conference."