The top teams in District 7-II are vying at the Montevideo diamond as Legion baseball progresses into its most climactic phase. The playoffs are ascending up the ladder with each new day. Yesterday (Thursday) saw the Post #29 boys of Morris take on BOLD in a game that had the look of a championship game.
Well, it was a championship game but with an asterisk! It was the championship game of the winners bracket. Winning that is nice but it doesn't mean all hurdles are past. The victor has to fend off the representative of the losers bracket.
Morris Legion baseball came up shy Thursday, which means they will have to try to come out of the losers bracket. The Post #29 boys were defeated 6-3 at the hands of BOLD, a team with a special nickname: "Mudhens." Minnesota Twins fans will remember that our Triple-A minor league team was once the Toledo Mudhens. "Mudhen" is another name for the "coot" waterfowl, who like to call Lake Crystal home for much of the year.
The Morris setback vs. BOLD was heartbreaking because BOLD broke a tie with two outs in the seventh inning. Those Mudhens rallied for three runs with two outs and gained the decisive advantage.
Morris will have a rematch with Sacred Heart at 6:30 p.m. today (Friday). Morris cannot afford another loss. Morris previously turned back Sacred Heart in the playoffs.
The absolute final championship game(s) will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday.
BOLD got the early advantage Thursday, getting to Morris pitcher Eric Riley for one run in the first inning and two n the second. But Riley found his groove and shut down the Mudhens over the next four innings.
Tyler Hansen hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to get the score tied at three-all. But the momentum ended there for Morris, and it was the Mudhens getting blessed with the next burst of "mo." BOLD got three runs pushed across in the top of the seventh.
Morris sought optimism going into the bottom of the seventh as they had the meat of the order coming up. The cleanup batter would lead things off. But Morris was stymied by BOLD hurler Jake Stevens. Stevens set down the side with a 1-2-3 flourish. He was awarded with the save in the boxscore.
The winning pitcher for BOLD Legion baseball was Kyle Krause. Krause scattered ten hits, getting outs at pivotal moments during his six-inning stint.
Morris outhit BOLD 10-7. But Morris had some lapses in the field with three errors compared to BOLD's one.
Tyler Hansen had two RBIs to go with his one-for-four showing at the plate. It was another day at the office for the hot-hitting Dustin Sauter who went two-for-three.
Other hit contributors were Ryan Beyer (one hit in four at-bats), Eric Riley (three hits in four at-bats), Cole Riley (one-for-three) and Mitch Kill (two-for-three).
Eric Riley struck out seven batters and walked four in his route-going performance on the hill. Two of the runs he allowed were unearned.
Glenwood Legion baseball had its season come to an end Thursday with a 5-0 loss to Sacred Heart. No one had a multiple-hit game for Glenwood. Hitting safely were Cory Holten, Eric Elbe, Andrew Amundson and Taylor Kollman. Kollman and Dustin Helmick pitched for Glenwood.
Sacred Heart Legion baseball was paced at the plate by Jordon Daugherty who went two-for-four with both of his hits doubles, and drove in two runs.
Anticipation is high for today's match between Morris Legion baseball and Sacred Heart!
Does anyone want summer to end?
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org