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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vraa stymies Post 29 in Legion playoff action

American Legion baseball fans gathered in Wheaton over the weekend to take in playoff action. It's a nice ballfield on the edge of town. Wheaton is a quiet community on the flat prairie. It grew abuzz for the District 7 North playoffs, with much at stake.
Our Morris team entered the weekend with no margin for error. We had been dealt a loss by Osakis. Two losses and you're out.
Click on the permalink below to read my summary of the Osakis game (score of 2-0).
A familiar opponent
Morris had beaten New London-Spicer. Thus, by the time Morris and NL-Spicer met again, each team was in the losers bracket. They met on Sunday.
-Spicer was clearly putting that defeat behind them. Don't ever bet against the athletes from NL-Spicer. During the school year they are rather like a nemesis for us. They were a nemesis again Sunday.
Ryan Vraa was handed the ball for pitching duties for NL-S. He's a premier athlete. I remember a Vraa in UMM Cougar sports history. On Sunday the young Mr. Vraa threw a three-hitter at Morris' expense. The score was 7-1 as NL-Spicer took charge and sent the Post 29 crew to the showers. Ryan fanned six batters and walked just one. The one run he allowed was unearned.
Noah Grove and Riley Biesterfeld did the Motown pitching. Biesterfeld was tagged with the loss.
The second inning was when NL-S began taking charge. Trey Austvold and Lucas Nordmeyer hit RBI singles in NL-S's three-run second. NL-S scored one run each in the first and third frames, while all the while Morris was putting up zeroes. Vraa and his mates ruled the day.
-Spicer tends to have "money" athletes, as it were. They won three games total on the weekend. They took second in District 7 North and are in for the District "Final 4." They were the No. 4 seed in the North. Now they'll play in Montevideo. Their next opponent is BOLD. NL-Spicer has nine wins total on the season.
Ike Goetzman rapped an RBI single in the fifth as NL-S went up 7-0 on Morris. Morris pushed across its only run in the sixth. Our line score was one run, three hits and three errors. NL-S put up 7-8-1 numbers.
The three Motown hits were by three different players: Corey Storck, Ryan Dietz and Joey DuFault. DuFault's hit was a double.
for the victor had a two-for-three line and two ribbies. Nordmeyer had a two-for-four showing and an RBI. Vraa socked a double. Wyatt White, Brett Olson and Goetzman each had a hit.
Morris fans can tuck away lots of fond memories from this summer of 2014.
NL-Spicer on a roll through weekend
The Saturday action had the New London-Spicer boys handling Clinton with ease via the 12-4 score. Clinton was the No. 2 seed.
On Sunday, in addition to beating our Post 29 team, NL-Spicer took care of business vs. Brandon-Evansville via a 6-2 score. We wish good luck to NL-Spicer, but we hope our high school athletes can turn the tables a little this coming school year!
DeGeest was the pitcher for NL-Spicer in the win over Brandon-Evansville. He was quite in command, striking out ten batters in his full seven innings. He walked just one and gave up four hits. NL-Spicer took charge in the third inning with a four-run rally.
More data vs. B-E: The NL-S bats produced nine hits total, and there was a nice "zero" under errors. Austvold went two-for-three. Nordmeyer had two hits including a double and drove in a run. Vraa continued his smooth play going two-for-four with an RBI. White, Gislason and Goetzman each had a hit. White and Gislason each drove in a run. Gage Olson of B-E hit a solo home run. The losing pitcher was Tom Bosek.
In Saturday's win over Clinton, Vraa was a terror at bat, socking a three-run home run and driving in four runs while going four-for-four. Oh, and he also tripled! Austvold went two-for-four in this 12-4 NL-Spicer win over the No. 2 seed. Nordmeyer went two-for-four. Brett Olson had a double and RBI while going two-for-three. Goetzman was a force with his three-for-four boxscore line and an RBI. White and Michael Arnold each had a hit, and Arnold drove in a run.
For Clinton, Wyatt Tritz and Kyle Lampert each had a double. Gislason showed his pitching prowess for the victor. Gislason struck out six batters in his route-going performance. Jordan Bauer took the loss.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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