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Voyageur's Best Sports of 2002

McGregor Softball

Mercury win streak continues into playoffs
 
Mercs win seven in a row
 
by John Grones | May 28, 2002
 

The McGregor girls are certainly on a roll.

The team has won seven games in a row, two of them taking place this past week in the early rounds of the playoffs. On Tues., May 21, the Mercs cruised passed the AlBrook Falcons in the first game. It only took six innings to put away AlBrook, as the Mercs defeated them 13-3.

It was truly a team effort as the Mercs collected eight hits, but it was the 15 walks that set the table for the Mercs. AlBrook’s, Jenny Anderson struggled with a tight strike zone, while McGregor’s Amber Lehman kept the ball over the plate. Amber struck out two batters in the first, struck out the side in the second and struck out two more in the third and kept the AlBrook hitters from getting anything going.

The Falcons did put together a mini-rally in the fourth for three runs, but solid defense killed two rallies.

AlBrook got a lead off single in the fifth by Ashley Kachever, but was forced to sit down after Tracy Amundson gunned down her attempted steal. One pitch later, Amber Lehman recorded her ninth strike out of the game. Amber also made a nice play on the third out by knocking down a hot come-backer and flipping it to Amanda Maas at first.

The third rally for AlBrook never really happened. With one out, in the sixth inning, AlBrook’s Tiffany Jenner reached base on a rare walk by Amber Lehman. Jenner didn’t last long because the next batter hit a rocket to center field where Jonna Somero was playing. The outstanding Finnish foreign exchange player made the catch, threw to first and doubled off the runner.

Meanwhile, the Mercs scored in every inning, but the fifth. They batted around in the first, scoring four, added three in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and finished the game with one in the sixth. Amanda Maas had four hits for the Mercs and scored three times. Bethany Sorensen walked four times and scored four runs, including the game winner. Briana Kruse added two singles and had four runs batted in.

On Thur., May 23, the Mercs traveled to Hermantown where they faced Mountain Iron-Buhl (MIB) in the second round. Unearned runs and a contraversial play proved to be the difference in this one as MIB beat McGregor 6-3.

Early in the game, the Mercs gave up one run on an errant throw back to the pitcher giving MIB the slim 1-0 lead. In the second inning the Mercs had a golden opportunity when they loaded the bases with one out. Unfortunately, Robin Lake hit a hot smash right back to the pitcher who snared it in the air and threw to first for a double play.

The game really turned in the bottom of the second. After walking the bases full, the Mercs managed to produce a ground ball to short. Just as the ball arrived to infielder, April Anderson’s glove, so did the runner advancing from second to third. The ball caremed away from April and two runners scored. One umpire felt there was interference on the part of the runner, the other did not. After further discussion between both umpires, it was ruled no interference.

After one more run scored on a fielders choice, Becky Cerkvenik hit her first career home run. The round tripper scored two more runs and MIB took a 6-0 lead.

McGregor came back with a run in the bottom of the inning and two more in the top of the fourth, but never threatened after that.

The Mercs finished the season 8-9 and took another step to improving McGregor’s newest sports programs. This year’s graduating seniors are: Amber Lehman, Bethany Sorensen, Carie Amundson, Tracy Amundson and Gina Reinhold.

This article first appeared in the May 28, 2002 issue of the Voyageur Press.