The Post #29 boys came out of the losers bracket with guns blazing Friday, beating Sacred Heart for the second time in the 2010 playoffs. They turned back Sacred Heart 6-4 to earn the right to face BOLD with top district honors at stake.
Post #29 is back at the Montevideo diamond today (Saturday) for the much-anticipated 11 a.m. matchup with the BOLD Mudhens. Will it be one or two games? It could be either, because Morris will need to win twice in order to shake its losers bracket status and garner No. 1 in District 7-II.
A review of today's game(s) should appear on this site Monday afternoon. (At age 55 I need my day of rest Sunday! - BW)
On Friday the Morris Legion squad got going early with a three-run first inning and one run in the second. The score stood 4-1 going into the fourth frame, when both teams pushed across two runs. Sacred Heart managed a single run in the top of the seventh. But Morris had a good enough cushion.
Nate Gades pitched the whole way as Morris Legion baseball upped its season record to 17-8. The goal today (Saturday) is to hike the win total of 19 in order to reach the state Division II Legion Tournament. The state diamond action will unfold on July 30 in Dilworth.
Any success today, at Montevideo, would undoubtedly be hard-earned. The Mudhens sent Morris to the losers bracket and they play a polished brand of ball.
Morris 6, Sacred Heart 4
Ryan Beyer connected for a solo homer in the second inning against Sacred Heart Friday. This blast helped give Post #29 the 4-1 scoreboard advantage. The rally in the fourth put some needed distance between Post #29 and its capable foe.
It was fun seeing the bottom of the batting order come through in a timely way. Mitch Kill rapped a single in the fourth as did Travis Rinkenberger. These two scored when Dusty Sauter hit a grounder and Beyer sent up a sacrifice fly ball.
Sacred Heart, a team that has hovered around .500, found a flicker of hope in the seventh when Brian Feldman reached on a hit-by-pitch. Jordan Daugherty then tripled to bring Sacred Heart to within two runs. But Gades bore down with poise to get the final out on a fly ball.
Gades struck out six batters and walked two in his seven innings of work. He gave up six hits and four runs (three earned).
Morris Legion baseball scored its six runs on nine hits and committed two errors. Sacred Heart also had two errors, and scored its four runs on six hits.
Tyler Hansen doubled as part of his two-for-four showing. Dusty Sauter drove in a run while going one-for-four. Beyer's homer highlighted his day at bat.
Brad Valnes, Travis Rinkenberger, Nate Gades and Cole Riley all went one-for-three, and Gades and Cole Riley each drove in a run. Mtich Kill had a one-for-two evening.
The losing pitcher was Ben Trochlil, and Dakota Freiborg also pitched for Sacred Heart, a gallant squad that finally reached its end of the road.
Morris is striving to keep its 2010 road open and wide coming out of this weekend! Stay tuned.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org