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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)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Toby Sayles a standout in 14-4 Legion win

The lights were on at Chizek Field Thursday night. It was a night of American Legion baseball. We see many of the same names and faces from the high school season. Our MACA Tigers had their offense fall off in the closing stages of the spring. Our Thursday performance in Legion ball revealed a quite robust offense. Fans at Chizek saw our team plate 14 runs on 14 hits. We committed just one error.
Post 29 defeated Clinton by a score of 14-4. Clinton scored its four runs on five hits and committed three errors. It was a night to shine for Toby Sayles. Sayles was the winning hurler with a five-inning stint. He was overpowering much of the time as he accumulated ten strikeouts. He walked four and allowed five hits. One of the four runs he allowed was unearned.
Ryan Bowman finished up the Morris pitching. The Willmar paper spelled his last name "Bauman." Why don't you guys ask how the name is spelled? Clinton used four pitchers: Lucas Attleman, Jordan Bauer, Seth Staples and Tanner Teske.
Our Post 29 hitters rolled along regardless of who was on the mound for Clinton. We scored two runs in the first inning, three in the third, six in the fifth and three in the sixth. Clinton scored two runs each in the fourth and fifth.
Sayles made noise with his bat. He tripled as part of going two-for-three. He drove in a run and scored three. Sean Amundson doubled as part of going two-for-four. He drove in two runs and scored one. Brady Jergenson doubled and scored two runs. Chase Metzger was perfect with his two-for-two numbers, plus he drove in two runs and scored two.
Philip Messner went two-for-three with two RBIs and one run. The Willmar paper spelled his first name with two l's. Denner Dougherty had a hit and a run scored. Mitch Torgerson had a two-for-four line and drove in three runs. Robert Rohloff had two hits in four at-bats, drove in a run and scored one.
Braxton Thompson lifted up Clinton with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Tanner Teske and Austin Kipp produced run-scoring singles.
A road game is on tap for Saturday in Willmar.
Glenwood 5, Morris 2
The outcome wasn't so rosy when the Morris nine vied with Glenwood. Glenwood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. We answered with a two-run fifth. But Glenwood jumped forward with a three-run sixth and this time Morris wasn't able to answer.
Glenwood scored its five runs on nine hits and committed one error. Our line score was 2-7-2.
The game's big blow was off the bat of Michael Gruber. The score stood 2-2 when Gruber brought his lumber to the plate in the sixth. He socked a triple that brought in two runs. Gruber was "in the zone" on this day, finishing with a three-for-five boxscore line. He drove in three runs. He scored the game's final run when the Morris pitcher uncorked a wild pitch.
Matt McIver had two hits in two at-bats and scored a run.
For Morris, the hitting standout was Chase Metzger: three-for-three including a triple. Toby Sayles socked two hits in four at-bats. Brady Jergenson had a hit and an RBI. And Travis Engebretson had a hit and a run scored.
Jergenson was the losing pitcher and had a rough outing that included seven walks and nine hits allowed. Ryan Bowman pitched one inning for Post 29.
Riley Thompson pitched four innings for Glenwood, striking out five batters and walking none. He allowed no runs. But it was Austin VerSteeg picking up the pitching win even though he gave up the two Morris runs. He struck out six batters, walked one and gave up three hits. Austin is one athlete who never needs any introduction for Morris fans!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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