Tigers wrap up regula season
The Morris Area baseball team finished its regular season hosting conference rival Montevideo Monday, before hitting the road Tuesday to Breckenridge and Thursday to Wheaton.
The Tigers open Sub-Section 6A play Tuesday at Brandon-Evansille at 4:30 p.m.
Morris Area 2
In the final conference game of the season, the Tigers fell to Montevideo 11-2 Monday.
"The Tigers hit the ball well early, but could not get a clutch RBI hit," said coach Lyle Rambow.
Dustin Sauter and Mike Siegel both singled to start the first and Matt Wohlers had an RBI groundout.
Montevideo scored three in the third, added another run in the fourth, and scored five more in the fifth.
Down 8-1 in the fifth, Siegel walked, Kirby Sayles singled, and Henrichs reached on an HP to load the bases. Siegel scored on a wild pitch.
The Tigers committed four errors. Montevideo scored only four earned runs.
"When errors extended innings, Montevideo did deliver the clutch hits," said Rambow.
Sauter struck out two to leave the bases loaded in the first inning, but the Thunder Hawks got three in the second on four hits and a Tiger error.
"We need to play a lot sharper as playoffs start," said Rambow. "We had seven hits in the first three inning, but no RBIs. So, we had our chances, as we stranded eight base runners."
Morris Area 18
On a great day for hitters with a bright sun and a carrying wind to left, Morris Area and Breckenridge combined for 31 runs on 35 hits.
Morris Area was up 7-1 after one inning of play, but the Cowboys fought back to within two in the fourth inning.
With the score at 11-9, Henrichs nailed a stealer in a first and third situation and Johnson, who got the win, induced a 6-3 grounder to Sauter to end the inning.
In the fifth, Boettcher blasted a three-run homer to left after Sayles' RBI double and the Tigers had a six-run lead.
Chris Scott came on to pick up a three-inning save for Johnson.
The Tigers first-inning started with a single by Hansen, and RBI hits by Sauter, Henrichs, Sayles, Danton Hein, and Siegel plated seven runs.
The freshman, Hansen, made his first varsity start and ended 3-for-5 with a triple, two steals, and two runs.
Henrichs was 3-for-5 and Sayles was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, sacrifice, and four runs scored.
"After going 0-8 the night before with runners in scoring position, we drove in runs in bunches in Breckenridge," said Rambow. "We had 16 RBIs tonight. Every starter had at least one hit."
Morris Area 7
The Tigers lost a close 9-7 game to the Sub-Section 6A South No. 1 seed, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Tuesday.
The Tigers brought a 7-3 lead into the sixth inning, but the Warriors put up six on only two hits, four walks, and a Tiger error.
The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning on five hits and three Warrior errors. RBIs were recorded by Sauter, Sayles, Darrick Henrichs, and Nate Gades.
The Tigers added two in the sixth when Chris Boettcher's double scored Ben Johnson. Boettcher stole third and Tyler Hansen's sacrifice fly scored him.
Defensively Boettcher made a sliding catch in deep left center.