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Legion Baseball: Hancock wins Post 29 showdown

(Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times)

Morris and Hancock legion teams had its second Post 29 showdown of the season on Monday, July 3. The result was the same with Hancock winning 8-3. On Saturday, July 1, Morris took a 12-1 win at Sacred Heart. On Wednesday, July 5, Hancock dropped a home game to Glenwood/Lowry, 9-2.

Both teams close out the regular season Thursday, July 6. Morris plays host to Osakis while Hancock travels to Wheaton.

Hancock 8, Morris 3

Hancock legion won the Post 29 showdown on Monday, July 3 as it defeated Morris 8-3 at Chizek Field in Morris. Hancock took a 4-3 win in the first meeting between the two teams to take the season sweep.

Hancock led off the game with a run in the top of the first. A triple by Zach Copa scored Andrew Shaw, who doubled with one out. Morris’ pitcher Toby Sayles recorded one of two strikeouts in the inning to leave Copa stranded at third.

Hancock had an error in the bottom of the frame, but held Morris off the scoreboard to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning.

Hancock had a shot at insurance runs in the second frame, but came up empty. After Chandler Gramm reached on a single and his courtesy runner Noah Kannegiesser stole second, a two-strike sacrifice bunt by Gideon Joos advanced Kannegiesser to third. Kannegiesser was tagged out stealing home. Another strikeout by Morris’ Sayles ended the threat with two runners on base.

Morris was more successful offensively in the bottom half, scoring three times to take a 3-1 lead. The inning started with a leadoff single by Tyler Reimers. Chandler Vogel then walked before Jared Rohloff reached on an error to score Reimers and put Vogel on third. Both Vogel and Rohloff came around to score on a line drive single by Parker Dierks to put Morris ahead 3-1.

Morris held the 3-1 lead through the third inning. After Sayles walked his second batter of the inning to load the bases before Chandler Vogel relieved Sayles on the mound.

“Toby Sayles started on the mound with just three days rest from our game with Wheaton. He left with two outs in the third inning with a 3-1 lead,” coach Tony Reimers said.

Vogel ended the bases loaded threat with a ground out.

In the bottom of the third with one out, Alex Daugherty reached on an error, but a double play ended Morris’ threat.

“After [the second inning], we played better defense and limited the number of baserunners,” Shaw said. “We also turned two double plays to end innings.”

Along with better defense, Hancock offense started gaining momentum as well. Hancock scored twice in the the fourth and fifth and put up three in the sixth.

In the fourth, a single by Copa scored Zach Flaten then Daniel Milander scored from third after tagging up on a line drive out by Cody Greiner to tie the game at 3-3.

Hancock got hot, but Morris struggled and went down in order in the bottom of the fourth.

Momentum continued into the fifth for Hancock, taking the lead with two runs. A single by Flaten scored Tanner Pahl, who singled to leadoff the inning, giving Hancock a 4-3 lead. Hancock added an insurance run, scoring on a passed ball.

Morris again went down in order in the bottom half of the frame.

More insurance runs crossed the plate for Hancock in the top of the sixth. A bases loaded walk scored Pahl, who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Two more came across on a Michael Milander line drive to center field. Morris’ pitcher Parker Dierks had two walks and two hit batters in the inning.

Through the seven innings and four different pitchers, Morris issued nine walks and three hit batters. Hancock also outhit Morris 15-4 in the game.

“Hancock took advantage with some timely hits and great defense,” Reimers said. “Gramm and Milander combined to strike out four and walked just two all night.”

It just seemed that the entire Hancock line up was streaking in the game, coach Gordy Shaw said.

“Hitting goes in streaks, and everyone got their streak in the same game,” Shaw said. “We were seeing the ball well and that leads to more hits.”

Chandler Gramm got the start on the hill for Hancock. He went four innings, gave up three runs on three hits, walked one and struck out one. Michael Milander went the final three innings in relief, gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out three.

“Chandler and Michael both got ahead in the count, which keeps your defense on their toes,” Shaw said. “Lots of strikes and not many three-ball counts helps a team succeed.”

Sayles, Vogel, Dierks, and Tyler Reimers aided in Morris’ effort on the mound.

Chandler Gramm and Tanner Pahl led Hancock offensively with three hits apiece. Andrew Shaw, Zach Copa, and Zach Flaten all added two hits each.

Parker Dierks led Morris at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Toby Sayles had a triple and Tyler Reimers had Morris’ fourth hit.

Hancock...............100 223 0 – 8 15 3

Morris..................030 000 0 – 3 4 0

HITTING – Hancock: Michael Milander 1-4, Andrew Shaw 2-2 2b r, Zach Copa 2-4 3b rbi-2, Tanner Pahl 3-4 r-2, Chandler Gramm 3-4 r-2, Gideon Joos 1-3 r, Zach Flaten 2-4 rbi r, Daniel Milander 1-1 rbi r… Morris: Toby Sayles 1-3 3b, Tyler Reimers 1-2 r, Parker Dierks 2-3 rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Hancock: Gramm 4-3-3-2-1-1, M. Milander 3-2-0-0-1-3… Morris: Toby Sayles 2.67-5-1-1-4-4, Chandler Vogel 2-6-4-4-2-2, Parker Dierks 1.33-2-3-3-3-2, Tyler Reimers 1-2-0-0-0-2

Morris 12, Sacred Heart 1

Morris..................0 (11) 0 0 1 – 12 13 1

Sacred Heart........0 1 0 0 0 – 1 2 1

HITTING – Morris: Chase Metzger 2-3 rbi-3 r, Brenden Goulet 2-4 rbi-2 r, Toby Sayles 2-3 rbi r, Alex Daugherty 1-4 rbi r, Tyler Reimers 2-4 rbi-2 r, Chandler Vogel 2-4 r-2, Jared Rohloff 1-3 rbi r, Ryan Bowman 1-2 rbi r-2… Sacred Heart: No stats available

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Ryan Bowman (W) 5-2-2-2-2-4… Sacred Heart: No stats available

Glenwood/Lowry 9, Hancock 2

Glenwood/Lowry.......100 404 0 - 9 9 1

Hancock...................200 000 0 - 2 8 4

HITTING - Glenwood/Lowry: No stats available... Hancock: Andrew Shaw 1-1 r, Zach Copa 3-3 r, Collin Brown 1-3, Tanner Pahl 1-3 rbi-2, Zach Flaten 1-3, Daniel Milander 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) - Glenwood/Lowry: No stats available... Hancock: Peyton Rohloff 5-4-5-x-3-1, Pahl 2-5-4-x-0-4

Brooke Kern

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