Wow! The Morris Legion Nine disposed of two opponents in weekend post-season play, and the young men are infused with a strong sense of "mo" to be sure. They'll take to the diamond again, hopefully buoyed by that optimistic feeling, today (Tuesday) at Montevideo.
The weekend success came at the expense of Wheaton and Madison. The reward was the garnering of the Northwest Division title. Morris Legion baseball (Post #29) came out of the weekend with a 15-7 season mark. Lots of special memories are being made along this win-filled road, which over the weekend was blessed by classic July sunshine at the local Chizek Field.
Now the Post #29 boys are vying for the District 7-II title.
Morris 5, Madison 1
Eric Riley was a key contributor in the contest to determine the Northwest Division title. The foe was Madison, and Riley was sent out to the pitching mound to throttle the Madison bats. Throttle them he did, as Eric allowed just five hits and struck out ten in a route-going performance (seven innings). The one run he allowed was unearned. He issued just one walk.
Complementing Riley's heroics on the offensive end was Ryan Beyer. Beyer knocked in a run with a single in the first inning. He worked the pitcher for a walk with the bases loaded in the second. He came through with another RBI base rap in the fourth.
In the boxscore, Ryan sported two-for-three numbers with three RBIs.
Tyler Hansen and Dustin Sauter both went one-for-three, and Sauter turned on the jets to steal two bases. Brad Valnes had a nifty one-for-two showing.
For Madison, Ryan Hoium was the only multiple-hit achiever at two-for-four. Scott Borman pitched for Madison and impressed with a five-hitter, albeit in a losing cause.
Morris scored one run in the first inning and then enjoyed a big three-run second, before finishing things off with a single run in the fourth.
The line scores showed Post #29 with five runs, five hits and three errors, and Madison with 1-5-3 numbers. Madison's lone run came home in the fourth.
Morris 3, Wheaton 2
Morris needed each of its three runs to get past a stubborn Wheaton team in the game leading up to the championship. A Ryan Beyer home run with the bases empty put Post #29 up 2-0. Brady Valnes drove in the doubling Eric Riley to give Morris Legion baseball the 3-0 advantage which proved to be enough.
Wheaton threatened with its two runs scored in the seventh, but Morris and pitcher Alex Erickson were able to put out the fire.
Wheaton's Kevin Coffman and Mason Lampe got to Erickson for RBI hits in that suspenseful seventh. Erickson bore down to finish the job. He ended up with a five-hitter and the "W" in the pitching summary, plus he impressed with his eleven strikeouts (while walking only one).
The losing pitcher was Zach Fridgen.
Morris played an errorless brand of ball while Wheaton committed one error in this crisply played game. Morris scored its three runs on nine hits, and pitcher Erickson had a role at bat with a double and RBI.
Tyler Hansen had a hit in his four at-bats. Beyer's solo home run stood out in his day's stats. Eric Riley pounded a double to highlight his two-for-three showing.
Brady Valnes went one-for-three with an RBI. Cole Riley finished at one-for-three and Mitch Kill at two-for-two.
Madison looked menacing as it marched to the final Northwest Division showdown with our gallant Post #29. The Madison boys beat Clinton 13-5 and Wheaton 11-3 before being humbled by Morris Legion baseball - a winning group.
Good luck to the Post #29 squad as it confidently takes to the diamond again today (Tuesday).
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org