Amateur Baseball: Coyotes earn fourth straight state trip
Chokio beat Morris 8-3 on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Rosen, to advance to the Region 9C championship Sunday, Aug. 12, in Madison. With the win, the Coyotes also secured one of two region spots in the Class C State Tournament. It is their fourth straight and sixth overall state tournament appearance.
“It’s a pretty incredible feeling to look back and see what we’ve been able to accomplish in the region tournament the past four years. We have gone 3-0 to clinch a state birth after the second weekend of regions the past four seasons,” player-manager Justin Daly said.
The Coyotes will look to win back-to-back Region 9C titles Sunday, Aug. 12, in Madison.
“We have a solid chance of doing that,” Daly said. “We need to take care of business and keep playing like we have been since the last week of the regular season. There are three very good teams left and realistically anyone can come out of it.”
Along with Chokio, Morris, Ortonville and Dumont are all still alive heading into the final weekend of Region 9C play. In the regular season, Chokio split with Morris and Ortonville and beat Dumont twice.
“Both games with Dumont were tight,” Daly said of the 6-5 and 6-1 final scores against the Dumont Saints. “The three remaining teams are ironically who we have played in the championship game the past three seasons, so everyone’s been there before.”
Dumont eliminated Clinton 4-2 and Ortonville eliminated Rosen 12-5 Saturday, Aug. 4, in Rosen. Ortonville will play Dumont at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Madison.
The winner will take on Morris at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Chokio will get the winner of that game in the Region 9C championship at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in Madison.
Chokio 8, Morris 3
Chokio..............000 101 051 – 8 11 0
Morris...............200 000 010 – 3 7 x
HITTING – Chokio: Chandler Erickson 2-5 2b rbi-2, Zach Howe 3-5 2b hr rbi r-3, Jeremy Westerman 1-4 rbi r, Mitch Daly 1-4 2b r, Dylan McCalip 3-4 rbi, Tom Holland 1-4… Morris: Kirby Marquart 2-2 rbi r, Mac Beyer 1-3, Tanner Picht 1-3, Brady Jergenson 1-3, Tyler Henrichs 2-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Chokio: Nick Hervin (W) 7-4-2-2-3-1, Chandler Erickson 1-2-1-1-0-0, Alex Erickson 1-1-0-0-1-1... Morris: Bryce Jergenson (L) 7-5-5-0-2-0, Jacob Torgerson 2-2-3-1-1-2