Is it possible to hold Dustin Sauter hitless? The prolific Morris batter who swings the lumber for both the Morris Legion and Eagles was perfect at bat Tuesday. It was a Legion game. It was a high-level playoff game with lots at stake.
"Dusty" delivered a hit in each of his three at-bats. These contributions were part of a 4-2 win by Morris Legion baseball over Sacred Heart. The site was the Montevideo diamond. Morris met Sacred Heart in this District 7, Division II contest.
By winning, the Post #29 squad earned the right to play BOLD tomorrow (Thursday). BOLD climbed with a 4-3 win over Glenwood, also at Montevideo.
Game-time will be 7:45 p.m. Sacred Heart and Glenwood aren't done as they'll vie in a losers bracket game at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Hits did not come frequently in the Morris win over Sacred Heart. Both teams finished with six hits, meaning that Sauter accounted for half of the Morris total.
The telling number in the line scores was the four errors by Sacred Heart. Morris had just one fielding miscue.
Sacred Heart had zeroes on the scoreboard until the seventh (and final) inning when they finally got to Morris pitcher Alex Erickson for the two runs. But Morris had scored one run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the sixth.
One of Sauter's hits was a double and he drove in a run. Nate Gades drove in a run with a double. Tyler Hansen scored two runs and went one-for-two. Mitch Kill contributed the other Morris hit.
Alex Erickson pitched the whole way despite being roughed up a bit in the seventh. Alex still finished with a nifty six-hitter. His sharpness was further underscored by zero walks and eight strikeouts.
The losing pitcher was Dakota Freiborg. At bat, Freiborg connected for a solo home run. Trent Novotny went two-for-three for Sacred Heart.
Erickson had a two-hitter going until the seventh inning, when Freiborg homered and Ryan Fransen singled to drive in a run. Freiborg pitched the distance for Sacred Heart and fanned six batters.
The BOLD Legion baseball team had a big three-run rally in the fourth inning vs. Glenwood, lifting them to the 4-3 win. The score was tied 1-1 when BOLD got untracked for that rally. Glenwood answered with a two-run burst in the fifth but their efforts came up just shy.
BOLD goes by the nickname "Mudhens."
Glenwood threatened with baserunners at second and third in the seventh, with one out, but the momentum fizzled against BOLD pitcher Kyle Krause who got the save.
Tate Neubauer was a key contributor for BOLD even though the boxscore shows him with no hits. Tate's groundouts were well-timed and accounted for two BOLD runs coming across home plate.
Taylor Kollman of Glenwood Legion baseball had a double as part of a two-for-three showing. Jake Stevens was the winning pitcher for the Mudhens while Cory Holten was tagged with the loss for Glenwood.
All eyes will be on the Monte diamond again tomorrow (Thursday) for the climactic phase of the 7-II "Final Four."
The Post #29 boys of Morris will strive for a peak performance, whether they are led by Sauter or anyone else. Morris Legion baseball has given fans a treasure of memories in the summer of 2010.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org