Morris and BOLD are carrying the District 7 banner in the elite state affair. BOLD entered state with the District 7 bragging rights, having beaten Morris the previous Saturday. BOLD has been a nemesis for Post #29 in a season otherwise overflowing with wins.
BOLD was finally humbled in the first round of state. Friday night saw the Mudhens of BOLD fall to Providence Academy and its pitcher of note, Ryan Tapani. Yes, he's the son of former Twins pitcher Kevin. Providence Academy edged the Mudhens 4-3.
More state-level action awaits Motown and the Mudhens today (Saturday, 8/3). Morris will vie with Taconite in the semis beginning at 4 p.m. at Lions Memorial Park. BOLD will play Hawley at noon.
Morris 7, Winnebago/Blue Earth 4
Tanner Picht was in the groove with his bat in Morris' Friday win. Picht's bat was ringing with three hits, and he drove in two runs.
Pitching was handled the whole way by Jacob Torgerson. The Morris line score was seven runs, ten hits and two errors. The WBE numbers were 4-7-1.
Hurler Torgerson got all the backing he needed in the second inning when Motown put up six runs. The seventh run came home in the fifth. WBE scored one run in the first, two in the second and one in the fifth.
Torgerson got the best of his pitching matchup vs. Bradyn Olson. One of the Morris runs was unearned. Torgerson fanned five batters in his seven innings. He walked two and gave up eight hits and four runs (two unearned).
One of the three Picht hits was a double. No other Morris hitters had their data reported in Saturday's Willmar newspaper. (That's strange because the game was played at 9:30 a.m. Friday. This is state, guys.)
The win was No. 18 overall, against four losses, for Motown in the memorable 2013 summer. Their foe for today, Taconite, advanced with a 4-0 Friday win over Pine Island. Jordan Peratalo pitched a two-hitter in the Taconite win, striking out nine. Bazil Zuehlke had two hits for Taconite.
BOLD also sits with 18 season wins entering today's play. Their Logan Sandgren wasn't quite in the groove pitching at the start. The BOLD hurler walked three batters in the first inning. Those control lapses led to a Providence Academy run when Ryan Tapani flew out deep to right-center.
(I figure Ryan would love to see some media coverage that doesn't emphasize the connection to his father. I'm being guilty like everyone else in this post.)
Southpaw Sandgren showed lapses in the second inning too, ending up in a bases-loaded situation. He hit a batter along the way. But he wiggled out of this, first inducing a foul pop fly caught by catcher Trent Athmann, and then getting a "K" on successive called strikes (after falling behind in the count 3-0).
The score became tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth. BOLD was done in by some sloppy execution in the bottom of the fifth. Sandgren issued another walk. He gave up a single to Jake Braun. A collapse followed as two errors were committed. Now the score is 3-1 with the Mudhens down. The Mudhens fell in the 4-3 scoreboard final.
BOLD 3, Morris 1
Sandgren looked imposing on the mound for BOLD when his team met Motown on Saturday, July 27, in the district championship game. There was actually little at stake in the game. BOLD was assured a berth in state as the host team for state. Morris had assured itself a berth with its 3-2 win over Madison.
The two teams took to the diamond with enthusiasm anyway on July 27. Sandgren definitely was determined and enthusiastic. The BOLD lefty of note pitched all seven innings to get the "W" by his name. BOLD turned back Post #29 in the 3-1 final.
It was a cleanly fielded game, BOLD with zero errors and Morris with one. BOLD outhit Morris 11-5.
Sandgren struck out nine batters and issued four walks while giving up five hits and the one Morris run (earned).
The Morris pitching was done by Bryce Jergenson and Mac Beyer. Jergenson was the pitcher of record.
Andrew Rentz had a multiple-hit game for Motown. Andrew went two-for-two. The other hits were by Tyler Henrichs, Mac Beyer and Chandler Erickson. Jake Torgerson was hitless but he drove in the lone Morris run.
BOLD's Riley Kramer went three-for-four with an RBI. Tyler Seehusen doubled. The Mudhens scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning.
The lone Morris run was scored in the second.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com