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Morris advances to District Legion Tournament

Sam Mattson pitches for Post 29.

Morris Post 29 defeated top seeded Wheaton twice over the weekend to take home the District 7 Northwest tournament title at Chizek Field in Morris. Post 29 will now advance to the District 7 final four in Montevideo on Tuesday - Saturday. Morris will take on Madison in the first round of the double elimination tournament on Tuesday at 5:15.

In their first game of the weekend Post 29 defeated the Bandits 13-2 to advance to the championship. Eric Riley picked up the win, pitching six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits along with four walks and he struck out five. Mitch Kill pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

Ryan Beyer had three hits along with his sixth home run of the season and he drove in six runs to lead the offense. Tyler Hansen had two hits, drove in two, and scored four times, and Riley had two hits as well.

Post 29 scored five times in the top of the third off of Wheaton starter Mason Lampe to break up a scoreless tie. Brody Bahr and Alex Erickson drew one-out walks before Hansen drove in the first run of the game with a single. Beyer then hit a triple off of the center field wall to make the score 3-0. Riley followed with a run-scoring double and came around for the final run of the inning on an error.

Morris made it 7-0 in the fourth when Erickson singled, stole second, and scored on another Hansen single. Hansen stole second and scored on a throwing error.

The score went to 11-0 in the sixth when Bahr led off with a double and Erickson was hit by a pitch. Hansen reached on an error to load the bases and Beyer drove in two more with a single. Cole Riley walked to re-load the bases and Ethan Bruer singled in the final two runs of the inning.

Wheaton got their two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Kelly Engquist, A. Gray, and Kevin Coffman all singled with both runs scoring on Coffman's hit.

In the top of the seventh Hansen reached on another error with two outs and Beyer followed with his home run to close out the scoring.

In other Saturday action, Osakis defeated Clinton in an elimination game, and then Wheaton topped Osakis to advance to Sunday's championship where they would have to defeat Morris twice to take home the title.

Post 29 bolted out to an 8-0 lead on Sunday as they eventually won 10-5 to win the sub-section championship and advance to the District 7 final four. Sam Mattson pitched five strong innings in the 100-degree plus heat index weather for the win. Ethan Bruer and Erickson finished up with Erickson registering a save by retiring all four batters that he faced.

Morris scored one in the bottom of the first when Hansen hit a one-out double and came around when Eric Riley singled with two outs.

They added five more in the second. Kill walked with one out and Bahr was hit by a pitch before Bruer walked as well to load the bases. Erickson singled in a run and Beyer walked to bring in another. Eric Riley singled to drive in two more and the final run of the inning scored on a balk.

In the fourth, Hansen led off with a single, went to third on an Eric Riley double, and scored on a Cole Riley sacrifice fly. Eric Riley then scored on a Valnes single.

Wheaton made things interesting when they scored two off of Mattson in the fifth, and three more off of Bruer in the sixth. The two in the fifth scored when T. Schwagel and C. Thiel singled and scored on ground outs. In the sixth, Lampe singled and Riley Wilson tripled him in. A hit batter, a single by Schwagel, and a fielder's choice ground out by P. Schmitz scored the final run.

Post 29 answered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin of 10-5. Beyer led off with a triple and Eric Riley walked. Cole Riley hit another sacrifice fly and the final run scored when Tanner Picht lined a single to left.

Eric Riley led the offense with a 3-for-3 showing and three RBIs.