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Morris Area wins first round of play-off action

The Morris Area baseball team, seeded No. 5, defeated No. 4 Brandon-Evansville 9-2 to take a step forward in the Sub-Section 6A playoffs Tuesday.

The Chargers could not get the Tigers' Chris Boettcher out. The lead-off hitter got on base four times (walk, error, single, and fielder's choice) and scored four runs with four stolen bases along the way.

Nate Gades took care of the rest, pitching six innings for the win.

The Tigers made only one error in the field. Catcher Darrick Henrichs balked up the overthrow at first and nailed the runner after he rounded first with a throw and tag by Kirby Sayles. Sayles had 11 put outs at first.

The Tigers got on the board in the first inning. Boettcher got to second on a two-base error in center. Consecutive hits by Tyler Hansen with an RBI single up the middle, Dustin Sauter hitting an RBI triple to right, and Matt Wohlers' RBI single to left made it 3-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Later Sayles singled, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch to put the Tigers up 4-0.

In the second Boettcher walked, stole second and third, and scored on the catcher's throwing error.

In the fourth Wohlers had an RBI single to score Boettcher again and make it 6-0.

Brandon-Evansville got two back in the fourth on two walks and two singles.

The Tigers put it away with three runs in the sixth. Mike Siegel singled and Tanner Berning pinch ran. Boettcher's grounder was thrown away by third to put runners at the corners. Berning then scored on the double steal. Hansen had his second RBI hit and he later scored on a wild pitch for the final 9-2 score.

Eric Riley pitched one inning of relief throwing a 1-2-3 seventh with two strike outs.

"We played a very nice game," said coach Lyle Rambow. "Gades led the way by throwing strikes. He worked quickly and our fielders responded by catching everything hit.

"Our hitters have continuously improved," he said. "We had 10 hits and only one strike out."