Morris is in the circle of four squads vying for the District 7 title of Division II. The "final four" phase is underway.
Morris excelled in round #1 in a low-suspense game. Maybe it was a no-suspense game, because Madison was completely thwarted offensively.
Bryce Jergenson showed fine form on the mound for Motown. Bryce tossed a three-hitter as Post #29 won 7-0. He struck out six batters and walked two. The losing pitcher was Ben Morken.
This was win #17 overall on the season for the high-flying Morris crew. Now the assignment is to play BOLD who won 8-2 over Osakis on Tuesday. Post #29 will vie with BOLD at 7:45 p.m. tonight (Thursday, 7/25) in Montevideo. Monte is the site for this year's "final four."
Madison and Osakis are still alive, vying in the losers bracket. Of course it's much better being in the winners bracket, and Morris aims to keep things simple by simply continuing to win! Winning has surely been their habit in this summer of 2013.
Thanks again to the American Legion for making this program possible in the otherwise lazy, hazy days of summer.
The Morris line score vs. Madison was seven runs, ten hits and one error. Madison had just the three hits and did play errorless ball. But Madison couldn't figure out Bryce Jergenson.
You might say one Madison batter had Jergenson figured out, and that was Preston Kraft. Kraft had all three hits in as many at-bats. The story was futility for all the other Madison batters.
Meanwhile, Morris bats made productive noise most often. The bats of Chandler Erickson and Tanner Picht yielded three hits each. Erickson went three-for-three including a double and drove in three runs. Picht had a three-for-four showing with two of his hits doubles, plus he drove in a run.
Tyler Henrichs had a double and drove in two runs. Mac Beyer's bat resonated with two hits, one of them a triple. Andrew Rentz socked a triple.
Kraft's three hits for Madison were all singles, coming in the first, third and sixth innings.
The upcoming Morris game is called the winners bracket final. Losers bracket entries Madison and Osakis will play at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Each of the Erickson hits vs. Madison drove in a run. Those timely Erickson safeties came in the second, fifth and sixth. The sixth inning was Post #29's biggest inning. Morris rallied for four runs in that frame after having scored one each in the second, third and fifth.
The sixth inning outburst gave Jergenson some cushion so he could cruise through the seventh.
Morris got its 2-0 lead in the third when Picht doubled.
BOLD climbs along with Morris
BOLD won Tuesday with pitcher Logan Sandgren overcoming control difficulties. Logan walked seven batters but got the "W" next to his name. When he wasn't walking batters, he was often striking them out. His "K" total on Tuesday was ten. He gave up four hits and two runs (earned) in BOLD's 8-2 win over Osakis.
Osakis was hurt by four errors. BOLD had just one fielding miscue. BOLD outhit Osakis 10-4.
Lane Stadther's bat resonated with three hits for BOLD. Tyler Seehusen and Sandgren each had two hits. Austin Weis tripled. BOLD has the "Mud hens" nickname. Twins fans will remember the time when our Triple-A affiliate was the Toledo Mud hens.
Weis' triple highlighted a four-run seventh for BOLD. The blast drove two runs in.
The losing pitcher was Jordan Frederick.
Continue scrolling down to read my post about the three previous Morris victories. Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Come hear Irondale
Another reminder: Be sure to come out to Big Cat Stadium on Friday night, July 26, to see the Irondale marching band in its riveting (and free) annual exhibition. They polished their routine here during the week. I attended last year and it was boffo. It's part formal presentation and part demonstration on how they develop their show. It starts at about 8:30 p.m.- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org