The above photo shows Jamie Van Kempen of the Eagles in an all-out bid to score against the Appleton A's at Chizek Field. Photo by B.W.
Bring on the playoffs! The Morris Eagles have the top seed as they embark on post-season play which will feature two games Saturday at Chizek Field. The games will start at 3 and 6 p.m.
The Eagles will vie with Appleton in the 6 p.m. game, and Benson will play Montevideo at 3 p.m.
The Morris bats are healthy entering this phase. Those bats resonated for 21 hits in the 19-2 win over Montevideo on July 16, here.
On the next day, the Eagles won 6-4 at Clinton to end the regular season. They own 13 wins on the season against five losses.
Morris 19, Montevideo 2
Morris Eagles baseball built its win skein to six with this offense-flavored triumph at the home diamond. The offense flowered with six runs in the second inning, nine in the fourth and four in the sixth.
Montevideo misplayed some fly balls which helped in the Eagles' fourth inning success. But the Eagles also pounded out ten hits in that fourth inning.
The ten-run rule limited the game to seven innings. Adam Torkelson pitched all seven for the win, his sixth of the summer against one loss. He sported a shimmering 1.88 ERA coming out of this game. He fanned four Monte batters and walked just one. Neither of the two Monte runs was earned.
Morris committed three errors to Monte's one, but defense wasn't going to be the deciding factor in this game. Hitting was, and the 21 Morris hits were the story of the day. Matthew Carrington hit a frozen rope bases-clearing double. "Skip" drove in three runs and scored two.
Kirby Marquart had a hit, scored two runs and drove in two. Cory Marquart's bat was sizzling to the tune of four-for-five numbers, and this Eagle scored four runs. Ross Haugen, the capable No. 3 batter in the order, had his hitting eye focused as he went three-for-four with two runs scored and three ribbies.
Eric Asche was a perfect three-for-three with two runs scored and three RBIs. Craig Knochenmus had three hits in five at-bats, scored a run and drove in three. Adam Torkelson complemented his winning pitching night with a two-for-four showing at bat, along with two runs and an RBI.
Dusty Sauter, having his stamina tested by playing in both the Eagles and Legion post-season games, was most sharp with three-for-four numbers at bat, two runs scored and one RBI. Jamie Van Kempen went one-for-three with two runs and two RBIs.
Asche was the recipient of two walks and Van Kempen received one. Asche doubled along with Carrington.
Morris 6, Clinton 4
Morris Eagles baseball had to contend with a thunderstorm along with their diamond foe on Saturday. The clouds opened up which forced a one-hour delay at the Clinton diamond.
The delay came after three and a half innings had been played. The teams eventually took the field again, and when the full nine innings were done, the Eagles were the 6-4 victor for win #13 of the season. That's the win total they'll take into the post-season which begins this Saturday, here.
Ross Haugen had the kind of hot bat that he hopes to brandish again Saturday. Haugen blasted two doubles as part of going three-for-three, plus he had a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He drove in the winning runs in the top of the ninth (thanks to one of his doubles), and finished the game with three RBIs. Ross carries a .477 average into the playoffs. Five of his hits have been doubles, and his RBI total is 16.
Matthew Carrington kept his pitching arm limber through the rain delay and he ended up working eight innings for the win. "Skip" scattered ten hits and gave up four runs (three earned). He struck out five batters and walked three.
Craig Knochenmus polished things off by pitching the ninth to get the save (his fourth of the season). Knochenmus pitched efficiently, setting the Clinton batters down 1-2-3, striking out one along the way.
Dusty Sauter built his average up to .408 as he went three-for-four. Dusty has five doubles on the season, and his 18 RBIs are the team-leading total.
Morris Eagles baseball scored one run each in the first and third innings and two runs in the fifth. Clinton plated one run each in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Kirby Marquart manned the top of the batting order capably, scoring three runs and rapping a hit. Cory Marquart scored two runs and had a hit. Craig Knochenmus had a hit and an RBI. Andy Lembcke contributed a hit to the mix.
Walk recipients were Kirby Marquart (2), Ross Haugen (2) and Dusty Sauter. Van Kempen reached on a hit-by-pitch.
Morris Eagles baseball aims to parlay the significant late-season success and momentum into the post-season.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org