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Morris VFW picks up 2 more district wins

The Morris VFW baseball team improved to 5-1 in District 5 action with wins over Ortonville and Montevideo. Post 5039 is 10-3 overall this season.

Morris 12

Ortonville 3

Post 5039 pounded out 17 hits to defeat Ortonville 14-3 on Tuesday, June 23.

Post 5039 scored twice in the first when Tyler Hansen led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on an Eric Riley sacrifice fly. Brady Valnes then singled, stole second, and came around on an error.

Post 5039 added three more in the second when singles by Mitch Kill and Taylor Hufford put runners on first and third. Kill scored on a ground out by Ethan Bruer, and then after Hansen singled, Ryan Beyer drove in two with a double.

After a scoreless third inning, Morris upped the lead to 9-0 with a four-run fourth. Bruer reached on an error and Hansen drove him in with a double. Beyer singled and E. Riley reached on an error to load the bases. Valnes then singled in two runs and Travis Rinkenberger singled in the final run of the inning.

Ortonville was able to reach on Morris starter Hansen with three runs (one earned) in the bottom of the inning to make the score 9-3.

Morris added three more in the fifth when Hansen was hit by a pitch and scored on another double from Beyer. Riley singled and Rinkenberger drove in both runs with a long double to left center.

Post 5039 closed out the scoring in the seventh when E. Riley singled and Valnes walked with two outs and Rinkenberger drove in two more runs with another double for five RBIs in the game.

Hansen picked up the win, giving up three runs in five innings of work and Bruer pitched two 1-2-3 innings in relief.

In the second game Morris won 6-0 in three innings. Valnes made his debut on the mound, going the first two innings and Kill closed the game in the final inning. Cody Hickman, Dan Kolden, Kill, and Valnes each hit safely in the game.

Morris 17

Montevideo 7

Post 5039 exploded for 10 runs in the fifth, and five more in the seventh, to defeat Montevideo 17-7 on the road Friday.

Rinkenberger started on the mound for Morris and had a little trouble finding the strike zone in the early going as Montevideo scored four times in the bottom of the first for a 4-0 lead.

Morris scored twice in the top of the second to cut the gap in half when Valnes, Rinkenberger, and Cole Riley opened the inning with consecutive singles. Another run scored when Kill reached on an error.

Rinkenberger settled down in the second and third innings, holding Montevideo scoreless.

He was replaced by E. Riley when the first two batters reached in the bottom of the fourth. An infield hit, a wild pitch, and an error allowed three more runs in the inning and Post 5039 trailed 7-2.

The big fifth inning started when Hansen reached on an error and scored on a Beyer triple. E. Riley made it back-to-back triples on the next pitch and scored on a Valnes single. Rinkenberger reached on a fielder's choice and C. Riley then reached on an error before Kill delivered a big two-run single to tie the game. Brody Bahr had a pinch hit single and after another out was recorded the go-ahead run scored when Hansen reached on yet another Montevideo error. Beyer and Riley then closed out the scoring with run scoring-doubles and Morris led 12-7.

In the seventh, Beyer singled for his fourth hit of the night and went to third when the right fielder dropped a fly ball off of the bat by E. Riley. Walks to Rinkenberger and C. Riley drove in the first run of the inning and Kill then had his fourth hit of the game, a run-scoring single. A single by Bahr scored the third run and two runs scored when Bruer reached on an error.

Riley did not allow a run in the final three innings and Post 5039 escaped with the 17-7 win. Morris amassed 17 hits on the night and were also aided by eight Montevideo errors and five walks.

In the second game of the night Morris won 6-2. Valnes handled the pitching. Cody Hickman, Bruer, Kill, E. Riley, Rinkenberger, Valnes, and Beyer all hit safely in the game.