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Post 29 wins home tournament

Members of the Legion Post 29 baseball team pose with their trophy following the Morris Tournament June 25-26 at Chizek Field. The team includes (front row, left to right) Aaron Vold, Alex Erickson, Tanner Picht, bat boy Brett Hansen, Ethan Bruer, Brody Bahr, Chandler Erickson, (back row) coach Ed Beyer, Tyler Hansen, Sam Mattson, Cole Riley, Brady Valnes, Ryan Beyer, Mitch Kill, Mac Beyer, and coach Paul McDonald.

The Morris Legion Post 29 won its own tournament finishing 3-0 in the round robin format to win the trophy at Chizek Field.

Other teams in the tournament were Redwood Falls, Spring Lake Park, and Glenwood/Lowry. Morris had a strong weekend at the plate as they launched seven home runs in the three games.

Morris 9

Redwood Falls 6

Hansen pitched a complete game and broke up a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a long two-run homer to left center in Post 29's opening game against Redwood Falls. Morris added another insurance run in the inning to win 9-6.

Redwood Falls got off to a quick start, as four early Morris errors helped score two in the first and four in the second before Hansen settled down to hold them scoreless for the rest of the game. Morris got a run in the bottom of the first when Erickson reached second on a wild pitch while striking out and he scored on a Hansen single.

Post 29 started chipping away at the 6-1 Redwood Falls lead in the third, scoring twice. Erickson led off with a single and he was replaced on the bases when Hansen hit into a fielder's choice. Valnes worked out a walk and both runners came around to score when the right fielder misplayed a fly ball off of the bat of Kill.

The long ball helped Post 29 tie the score in the fourth as Bruer led off with a home run and after Erickson reached on an error, Valnes hit another homer to make it 6-6.

In the bottom of the sixth, Erickson reached on a one-out walk before Hansen hit his home run. Valnes followed with a double and he scored on a line single up the middle by Kill.

Redwood Falls put two runners on in the top of the seventh, but Hansen got out of the jam to preserve the win.

Hansen and Valnes each had two hits to lead Post 29.

Glenwood/Lowry defeated Spring Lake Park in the other opening round game.

Morris 9

Spring Lake Park 5

In another high scoring contest, Post 29 outlasted Spring Lake Park 9-5 in their second game on Saturday. Kill picked up the win going four innings and Mac Beyer made his pitching debut and went three scoreless innings to register the save.

Spring Lake Park got a run in the top of the first, but Post 29 answered when Picht led off with a double and he scored ahead of Valnes's two-out home run.

Spring Lake Park took a 3-2 lead with single runs in the second and third innings, but Morris scored three times in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Bruer led off with a triple and walks to Picht and Erickson loaded the bases. Bruer scored on a wild pitch and the other two runners scored when a sacrifice fly by Hansen was misplayed by the right fielder.

Spring Lake Park would not go away, answering with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 5-5.

Aaron Vold of Post 29 then led off the bottom of the inning, which would see Morris take the lead for good, with a walk. Sam Mattson walked, as well and Bruer drove in one with a double. After another two outs were recorded, Erickson drove in a run with a double and he eventually scored on a wild pitch. Post 29 added their final run in the sixth when Erickson doubled and scored on an errant pickoff play.

Erickson and Bruer led the offensive attack with two hits each.

Redwood Falls defeated Glenwood/Lowry in the other second-round game.

Morris 11

Glenwood/Lowry 6

Cole Riley returned to the line-up with a bang in Sunday's game against Glenwood/Lowry, smashing a pair of three-run homers in an 11-6 win. Mattson went the entire way for Post 29, having just one tough inning when G/L scored five times in the top of the sixth.

Morris scored three in the second when Riley led off with a single and he scored on a Valnes double. Picht reached when Valnes was tagged out on his ground out and Brody Bahr scored the final two of the inning with a home run to center.

G/L got an unearned run in the third, but Riley hit his first home run in the bottom of the inning, scoring Hansen and Ryan Beyer ahead of him, who each had walked.

G/L erased the 6-1 Morris lead in the sixth, sending eight men to the plate as they scored five times on five straight hits. Post 29 scored five of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kill led off with a single and Bahr walked. Kill scored on a wild pitch and Bruer drove in a run with a single. Hansen singled, but Bruer was thrown out on the play. Erickson replaced Hansen on the bases with a fielder's choice and Ryan Beyer singled before Riley hit his second three-run homer of the game.

Riley had three hits in the game and Hansen and Valnes two each for Post 29.

Redwood Falls defeated Spring Lake Park to claim second place in the tournament.