Tigers shut out Chargers in first round of baseball tourney
Morris Area, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 6 Brandon-Evansville in the quarter-final of the Sub-Section 6A baseball tournament Tuesday at Chizek Field.
Also on Tuesday, No. 7 West Central Area upset No. 2 Hancock 8-5. The Tigers will face the Knights in the semi-finals Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Morris.
No. 1 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross defeated No. 9 Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 14-0 and No. 4 Chokio-Alberta defeated No. 5 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 6-2. The Warriors will take on the Spartans in the other semi-fianl game at 2 p.m. Thursday in Morris.
Thursday's winning teams will face off in the sub-section championship that night at 7 p.m. on Chizek Field.
Morris Area 9
Nate Gades threw a two-hitter, complete game to shut out the Chargers 9-0. Gades allowed only five base runners, but actually faced only two over the minimum as two were erased on double plays and another was caught stealing.
Gades threw only 80 pitches in a quick game that lasted one hour and 35 minutes.
Hitting against a brisk northwest wind, the Tigers had only three hits, but ran the bases well to manufacture some runs and were helped by Charger errors.
Morris recorded seven RBIs, none of which were on base hits.
RBI ground balls by Mitch Carbert and Ryan Beyer scored two runs in the second inning.
The Tigers went up 7-0 in the fourth inning. Eric Riley recorded an RBI when he was hit by a pitch. Tyler Hansen and Dustin Sauter each recorded RBIs on grounders.
Chris Boettcher's RBI grounder and a sacrifice fly by Sauter scored two more Tiger runs in the sixth.
The Tigers were getting good jumps off third and stole six bases in the game.
Morris also played well in the field. In the fourth inning, Riley turned a double play by catching a looping pop and firing to Jon Jallo at first.
Boettcher made a sliding catch and doubled a runner off second base in the seventh.
Gades induced many grounders which Jallo and Carbert turned into 10 put outs at first.
"Gades was solid and we fielded well behind him," said coach Lyle Rambow. "We didn't have a lot of hits, but we played small ball with some great situational hitting and base running.
"It was a good team win," he added. "We took advantage of our opportunities and showed our depth getting 16 players into the game."