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Eagles edge win over Legion in exhibition action

Legion player Ryan Dierks applied the tag to get the out as Morris Eagle Jason Picht goes head first into home plate during the exhibition game last Friday, July 11 in dedication to the new Chizek Field scoreboard and Wayne "Pete" Bright flag pole. For more photos of the exhibition game action, please visit / 4
Chase Rambow slides safe under the tag by Noah Grove in the exhibition match up last Friday evening.2 / 4
Matt Carrington threw some wicked pitches against the Morris Legion on Friday, July 11.3 / 4
Morris Eagle player Mitch Carbert gets a high five from Morris Legion player Noah Grove on his way around the bases after a two-run home run in the fourth inning.4 / 4

A fun, exhibition game between the Morris Eagles (aged 19 and over) and the Morris Legion Post 29 (aged 18 and under) was played after the dedication of the new Chizek Field scoreboard and flag pole on Friday, July 11. The love of the game combined with family members playing together, or facing each other made for an exciting evening for both teams and the crowd.

Beforehand, the dedication of the new Chizek Field scoreboard and flagpole in memory of Wayne “Pete” Bright consisted of an invocation by Pastor Dell Sanderson of Faith Lutheran Church with special guests Murial Bright and family and Dorothy Chizek and family. Paul McDonald was the Master of Ceremony, and representatives from the City of Morris and the Morris Baseball Association were present for the heartfelt dedication.

After that it was game time, and some legends of Morris baseball that came out of the woodwork to put on a throwback Morris jersey for the Eagles were Dan Sayles, Jason Picht, Ed Beyer, Matt Carrington, and current head coach for the Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tigers baseball team Mark Torgerson.

A coin toss decided who was to get the home team advantage, and the Two-Niners won the toss. Being the home team wasn’t much help for the Legion as the Eagles edged out a 4-3 win after scoring a run in the sixth.

Bryce Jergenson started out hot on the mound, striking out two of his four faced batters in the top of the first, and that continued at the plate as the Legion jumped out to a 3-0 lead quick.

Jergenson hit a leadoff double, followed by Sean Amundson reaching on a hit-by-pitch call. Jergenson crossed the plate first as his younger brother Brady Jergenson singled. Riley Biesterfeld reached first on a fielder's choice play at home, safely scoring Amundson then Joey Dufault singled to score Brady Jergenson to put the Two-Niners up 3-0.

The Eagles couldn’t get on the board until the fourth inning when Biesterfeld started pitching for the Two-Niners. Jason Picht led off by reaching on an error. A pitching change quickly morphed into a brotherly duel when Toby Sayles faced his older brother Kirby Sayles at the plate. Kirby Sayles ended up singling on a fielder’s choice out on Picht at second. With two outs, Mitch Carbert was up to bat for the Legends, getting them on the board with a two-run home run over the left field fence. After four complete innings, the Eagles were back in the game, trailing by one at 3-2.

In the fifth, the Eagles starting pitcher Sam Mattson reached base via walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Mark Torgerson. His son, Jacob Torgerson, singled to second as Mattson got into scoring position. Chase Rambow knocked in Mattson with a sacrifice fly to center, tying up the game at 3-3. The Legion got a single hit the rest of the game as Carrington and Rambow finished the game on the mound for the Eagles.

The Eagles got their fourth and final run in the sixth inning when Craig Knochenmus singled to score Carrington who reached on a walk.

The Two- Niners got no closer as the Eagles edged out the exhibition victory 4-3 in the dedication game.

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Brooke Kern

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