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Eagles advance in Region 9C tourney

The No. 4-seeded Morris Eagles opened up the Region 9C baseball tournament with a win over Ortonville on Saturday, July 26. On Sunday, the Eagles lost their first game in double elimination play to Madison to fall into the loser’s bracket.

Morris now plays Sunday, August 3 against the winner of Hancock / Minneota at 11:30 a.m. in Rosen. The Eagles took their first loss of the regular season to Minneota in the beginning of June and ten-runned the Hancock Orphans in mid June. If Minneota beats Hancock, the Eagles will look to avenge that early season loss midday Sunday.

Morris 6, Ortonville 1

The Morris Eagles opened up Region 9C tourney with a 6-1 win over Ortonville.

The Eagles scored four runs in the first with back-to-back home runs– a Ryan Beyer three-run home run and an Eric Ache solo home run. After that point, the Eagles never looked back.

Beyer led the Eagles with three hits and three RBIs.

Sam Mattson was sharp on the mound, scattering five hits, but needed Jacob Torgerson to come in in the ninth to get the final out with the bases loaded.

Madison 5, Morris 4

The Eagles suffered their first loss of region play on Sunday, July 27 in Madison against Madison in extra innings.

Torgerson pitched great, but the offense couldn't manage enough runs to get him the win in over eight innings pitching. Nathan Gades had to come in in relief of Torgerson who struck out 13 and walked one. Gades surrendered the winning run in the top of the 11th with giving up three hits in the inning.

The offensive leader for the Eagles was Tanner Picht with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Craig Knochenmus and Gades both had RBI doubles in the game, and Torgerson helped his own cause with two hits.

The loss now puts the Eagles in an elimination game next Sunday, August 3 in Rosen at 11:30 a.m. versus the winner of Minneota/Hancock who play on August 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Morris 6, Ortonville 1

Ortonville 000 001 000 – 1 5 1

Morris 410 000 010 – 6 6 1

HITTING – Morris: Kirby Marquart 1-2 rbi r, Ryan Beyer 3-4 hr rbi-3 r, Eric Asche 1-4 hr rbi r, Mitch Carbert 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Sam Mattson (W) 8.2-5-1-0-2-5, Jacob Torgerson 0.1-0-0-0-0-0

Madison 5, Morris 4

Madison 000 002 101 01 – 5 12 2

Morris 010 020 010 00 – 4 9 2

HITTING – Morris: Tanner Picht 1-4 hr rbi-2 r, Ryan Beyer 1-5, Eric Asche 1-5 r, Bryce Jergenson 1-5, Craig Knochenmus 2-4 2b rbi r, Nathan Gades 1-3 2b rbi, Jacob Torgerson 2-4 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Torgerson 8.2-8-4-3-1-13, Gades (L) 2.1-4-1-1-0-1

Brooke Kern

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