The Post #29 boys won with a shutout flourish on July 9. The score was 7-0 in this American Legion baseball action.
The win was No. 11 on the season for the surging Morris squad. The loss total: a mere two.
Bryce Jergenson excelled again on the hill. Bryce has been most stingy giving up hits. He tossed a three-hitter which was in fact his second straight three-hitter. Bryce was stingy in every conceivable way as he walked none. He set down six Osakis batters on strikes. His mates played errorless ball around him.
The Morris line score: seven runs, eight hits and no errors. Osakis managed just three hits and committed two errors.
Morris took care of its scoring business in the fourth inning. All seven of the Motown runs came home in that frame.
Tanner Picht wielded a hot bat, finishing at three-for-three with two RBIs and a run scored. Danny Tracy had two hits in three at-bats including a double, and scored a run. Jacob Torgerson went one-for-three with an RBI and run scored. Mac Beyer had a hit and drove in two runs. Logan Manska had a one-for-three line with a ribbie and a run scored.
The losing pitcher was Grayson Fortenberry.
Hancock 11, Starbuck 8
Wow! In one of the more exciting Legion baseball games you're likely to see, Hancock escaped a deep deficit to beat Starbuck.
Starbuck jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Hancock managed to score just one run over the first five innings.
The game's complexion changed markedly in the sixth. The game changed to the tune of a ten-run Hancock rally! When the full seven were complete, the Hancock Legion boys could celebrate an 11-8 win.
It was a nice confidence-builder for the Hancock athletes who are below .500. The Thursday, July 11, win over Starbuck was just their third. Sub-district playoffs are set for this coming week.
Hancock's Thursday success was despite getting outhit 10-6. There's no big discrepancy in errors either, where the Starbuck total was two and Hancock's three. No Hancock player had more than one hit. Austin Steege went one-for-two with two RBIs and two runs scored. Andrew Shaw crossed home plate twice.
Danny Lonneman rapped a hit in three at-bats, drove in a run and scored two. Brandon Shaw had a one-for-four line while driving in three runs and scoring one. Other batters hitting safely were Jordan Miller, Justin Miller and Bryan Shaw.
The Starbuck hitting standouts were Austin Ostrander at three-for-three with an RBI, and Michael Gruber with two-for-three numbers and a ribbie.
The Hancock pitching was handled by Brandon Shaw and Collin Cunningham. Cunningham got the win with his four-inning stint. Collin struck out three batters, walked three and allowed three hits. Brandon Shaw had some bumps in the road as he allowed seven hits and seven runs (six earned) in his three innings. He fanned a batter but walked six.
Hancock will strive to parlay their sixth inning momentum into sub-district play!
Hancock 8, Wheaton 7
The eighth inning saw the Hancock Legion baseball boys seize the decisive momentum. This was in the Friday, July 5, game versus Wheaton.
Hancock plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome Wheaton. Wheaton had rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth.
The bats were ringing with hits for much of this game. The hit total for Hancock was 14 which was two more than Wheaton. Hancock's line score was eight runs, 14 hits and three errors. Wheaton's numbers: 7-12-4.
The most decisive blow was probably Brandon Shaw's hit in the eighth that drove in the game-winner.
These Hancock batters finished with three hits: Taylor Holleman, Collin Cunningham and Michael Milander. Cunningham went three-for-four with two RBIs and three runs scored. Holleman added an RBI to his three safeties. One of Milander's hits was a double.
Bryan Shaw had a hit and drove in three runs. Justin Miller, Andrew Lindor, Brandon Shaw and Bryce Schmidgall were the other Hancock batsmen recording hits. Lindor and Brandon Shaw each drove in a run.
Hancock scored one run each in the first and second innings, two in the fourth and one in the sixth, leading up to that big three-run eighth.
Wheaton's hitting was paced by Peder Schmitz and Braden Krump who each pounded three hits.
Lindor pitched seven innings and got roughed up some, but it doesn't matter considering the winning outcome. Two of the seven runs he gave up were unearned. He struck out three batters but gave up ten hits.
The pitching win was picked up by Miller who gave up one run which was unearned. Miller gained the "W" with his one inning of work.
The losing pitcher was Tanner Kirkeide.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com