The door stays open for the Morris Legion team to vie in state. Yes, the Post #29 boys were dealt a (rare) setback on Thursday (7/25). They are still alive in the District 7 (Division II) "final four." It's a double-elimination arrangement.
Morris' biggest hurdle would appear to be BOLD. It was BOLD who defeated our Morris squad on Thursday. Now Morris is regrouping, set to play Madison today (Friday) in a game with more than one important consequence.
Winning would keep Post #29 in contention for the district title. Also, we learn that if Morris beats Madison, we'll have a state berth anyway. Reportedly this is due to the fact BOLD is hosting the state tournament. In fact, BOLD was guaranteed a berth in state regardless, as host.
But BOLD played Thursday as if they had strong incentive. At first this appeared not to be the case. Morris made a strong statement early, scoring four runs in the first inning and one in the second.
Would the 5-0 lead hold up vs. a squad with strong connections to the BOLD state champion high school team? It would be a feather in our cap. But alas, BOLD's defense stiffened and the runs started coming in for them.
BOLD won this game 6-5. The District 7 final is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in Monte.
"Mudhens" is the BOLD nickname. There must be a special story behind that. I don't think of Legion baseball teams as having nicknames or any name other than the town. Shall we come up with one for Morris? The Turbines?
Morris played BOLD in the winners bracket final. Monte hosts the entire "final four."
Riley Kramer was handed the ball for BOLD's starting pitching duties. Kramer had to weather a shaky start. Morris scored those five runs in the first two innings.
While it appeared Kramer was getting roughed up, a look at the boxscore shows that the BOLD hurler allowed just one earned run among the five total runs he allowed. He struck out six batters in his route-going (seven-inning) performance. He walked none and gave up six hits.
His bat made noise too. He had three hits in four at-bats and drove in three runs. The other major offensive contributor for BOLD was Trent Athmann who had a three-for-four line including a double, and drove in a run. Tyler Seehusen and Austin Weis also hit safely for BOLD.
Tanner Picht was at the fore for Morris' offense, going two-for-four with a double and driving in a run. Tyler Henrich had an RBI and a hit in his four at-bats.
Mac Beyer, Bryce Jergenson and Lincoln Berget each went one-for-three. Beyer and Jergenson each drove in a run.
The Morris line score was five runs, six hits and three errors. BOLD had 6-8-3 numbers.
The Morris pitching was shared by two: Mac Beyer (three innings) and Jake Torgerson (four innings). Torgerson was tagged with the loss.
Beyer gave up five hits, walked three and struck out none. One of the five runs he allowed was unearned. Torgerson struck out five batters, walked none and gave up three hits and one run (earned).
I invite you to scroll down on my site and read other recent coverage of the Morris American Legion baseball team. Thanks for reading.- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org