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Sports for the week of May 5, 2004

TMB softball 4 of 6 in past week

Split at Prinsburg

Central Minnesota Christian and Tracy/Milroy/Balaton split a twin bill in Prinsburg on Monday, May 3, with CMCS taking the opener 12-9 and T/M/B coming back to take the night cap 13-4.

In the opener the Panthers committed six errors, allowing only two earned runs. The Blue Jays rocked Panther starter Megan Anderson for eleven hits, including six for extra bases.

"That hitting, combined with six extra outs," according to Panther Coach Dave Sogge, "Made it tough for us to overcome. They hit the ball well and we threw it around some. that's a bad combination."

Megan Anderson suffered her first loss of the season, running her record now to 7-1.

Sweep at Olivia

The Panther softball team swept a double header against BOLD at Olivia last Thursday. The two wins improved T/M/B's season record to 7-1 and the are 5-1 in the 212 Conference.

In the first game the Panthers pounded out fifteen hits and scored ten runs to take a 10-0 six-inning win from BOLD. Kasey Loeslie led the assault, going 4-4. Alyssa Kirk got the Panthers off to a good start in the second inning with a bases loaded triple, giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

Megan Anderson limited the Warriors to just four hits and earned the win.

"We did everything well in this game," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "We had dominant pitching, we made just one error, and we got big hits at big times. We'll win a lot of games if we do that."

Split decision

The Panther softball team split a double header with MACCRAY in a re-scheduled meeting on April 22. In the first game the Panthers used an RBI double by Kasey Loeslie in the sixth and an RBI double by Emily Miller in the seventh to break up a 1-1 pitching duel between T/M/B's Megan Anderson and MACCRAY's Molly Dammon and take a 3-1 win.

Megan Anderson fired a five hitter to pick up the win for the Panthers and run her season record to 5-0

In the second game, the Panthers stranded twelve runners on their way to a 7-3 loss.

"We just couldn't get the big hits when we had people on," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "We got nine hits and seven walks but only three runs. We have to do better in situations like that."

Track results listed from Jackson

The Panther boys' and girls' track teams both placed second in the Jackson County Central quadrangular meet last Thursday. The girls team scores were:1) Fairmont, 112; 2) T/M/B, 66; 3) St James, 52; 4) JCC, 40. The boys team scores were: 1) Fairmont, 114; 2) T/M/B, 57; 3) St James, 51; 4) JCC, 50.

"It was a real quality meet," said Panther Coach Al Landa. "The competition was very good and the competitors were all quality people. Fairmont has had some excellent track teams in recent years."

Girls' places first at Arrow Relays

The Panther girls placed first out of eight schools in the arrow Relays at Pipestone while the boys finished eighth Tuesday. Bobbi Jo Buyck again laced first n three individual events, the 100M hurdles, the 100M dash and ran the anchor on the winning 4X100M relay team. She set a new meet record in 100M dash with a time of 11.99.

"Bobbi Jo set a new meet record in the 100M dash," said Panther coach Al Landa. "She also was first in the 100M hurdle and ran on the winning 4X100M relay team. It was a very close meet with the Luverne girls which will make the True Team Meet look very exciting. Our sprint medley set a new school record." The medley time was 4.25.04, breaking the old record of 4.33.26.

Panther nine record falls to 2-9

The Panther baseball team lost an opportunity to improve its standing in the 212 Conference by dropping both ends of a double header to BOLD at Milroy Monday, 9-1 and 7-4.

The Panthers are now 2-9 and 2-8 in the conference.

"We had 3 errors and gave up 7 walks in the first two innings of the first game," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "It is tough to bounce back from such a poor start. Derek Daniels did a nice job in relief giving up just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings."

Brett Jackson started the game on the mound for T/M/B and pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up 8 runs while walking six and striking out 1. Daniels came on in relief and pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up 1 run while walking 4 and striking out 2.

The Panther offense garnered only 3 hits, one each by Spielmann, Ladehoff and Strand.

In the second game, the Panthers were unable to get clutch hits with men on base.

"We just couldn't get a break in the second game," said Tauer. "We had bases loaded with no outs in the fifth inning and Matt Bauer hit a shot down the first base line and the first baseman made a great play and doubled up our runner. If that hit goes through for a double two runs would score and it would have been a different ball game."

Bauer and Pat Spielmann shared the pitching chores for the Panthers and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6.

The Panther offense outhit BOLD eight to five. with Donald Strand and Spielmann leading the way with 2 each.